The PACE Centre


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  • Category: Pre-Preparatory / Preparatory / Senior
  • Pupils: Co-Education
  • Type: Day
  • Religious Affiliation: Non-Denominational
  • Roll: (Boys) (Girls)
  • Age Range: 4 - 16 years

General Information

Pace is a family centred charity that provides innovative education for children with sensory motor disorders based on the belief that every child has the ability to learn and tailored to the child’s individual needs.


Our team comprises specialist occupational therapists, physiotherapists, speech and language therapists, and conductive and early educationalists. This breadth of expertise means we are able to make a comprehensive assessment of your child’s needs.

We use a range of different treatment approaches. Sessions may focus on communication, movement and other skill development, often based on play. Intensive blocks of therapy over 3-5 days can be arranged if you live too far to travel for weekly sessions. We have an onsite residential flat to allow families to stay with us while they are attending one of our intensive blocks.

Feeding and sleeping challenges can be difficult for parents of children with developmental and motor difficulties. In 2017 we will be launching sleeping clinics to provide tailored support and advice to families experiencing challenges in this area.

School:- Little Acorns is our nursery group where early therapeutic intervention is combined with The Early Years Foundation Curriculum, to provide a unique approach for children aged 2-4 with sensory motor challenges.

Primary school age children who attend our school groups have needs ranging from very complex learning challenges relating to their sensory motor difficulties, to children who have mild to moderate physical difficulties and related learning needs. Due to the complex nature of many Pace children, Pace also has an onsite nursing team.

Key Stage 3 provision was established at Pace in September 2015 and has proven both effective and attractive. Children in KS3 benefit from a highly personalised functional and life skills based curriculum to help prepare them for their future lives as young adults in the community. There are opportunities to develop and apply their problem solving and academic skills, for example through purposeful trips to the supermarket followed by cooking activities, which have been carefully planned to work on particular gross/fine motor and mathematical skills.

The KS3 integrated curriculum also includes the ASDAN (Award Scheme Development and Accreditation Network) ‘New Horizons’ programme, which is a PSHE (Personal Social and Health Education) and citizenship learning programme designed for young people with special educational needs. It offers a nationally accredited way to record and celebrate skills and achievement in these curriculum areas.

Community Outreach:- Pace offers a highly personalised ‘whole child’ integrated curriculum for school placed children aged 4-14. Rather than being defined by a single methodology, Pace has developed its own unique ‘transdisciplinary’ methodology and curriculum approach. The Pace approach of integrating therapy into the education curriculum allows our specialist therapists and educators to provide adapted programmes for inclusion in academic, PE, art and design and ICT curricula and to meet the requirements of their Education, Health and Care Plan.

Open Days

2017. Open Afternoon: Thurs. 21st September, 1.30pm - 3pm at Coventon Road, Aylesbury, HP19 9JL. Spaces available in Reception, KS1 to KS4.

For more information:


Please contact The Pace Centre for details.


Ofsted report 2016

School Contact Details

The PACE Centre
Philip Green House
Coventon Road
HP19 9JL

[t]: 01296 614 287

Location Description

The Pace School (KS2 and KS3) is based at: the address above.

Pace Early Years Centre and Reception (KS1) class is based at: The Bradbury Campus, 156 Wendover Road, Stoke Mandeville, Buckinghamshire, HP22 5TE

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School News

Ofsted has rated Pace Outstanding for the fifth consecutive time! The visit that took place between 29th November and 1st December 2016 enabled Pace staff

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to showcase how our integrated curriculum, expertise and belief in every child’s ability to achieve, positively impacts on the progression of the children that attend Pace.

“The curriculum is wide ranging and highly effective. Communication, personal and physical development are prominent in all lessons. Lessons are adapted very well so that all pupils can experience a range of subjects at the right level.”

The inspection found that “Pupils make rapid progress against their individual targets. This is because teaching and continuous support from a wide range of professionals accurately meets pupils’ needs.”  and that “Pupils are extremely focused, diligent and resilient. Strong personal development ensures that pupils are well equipped to persevere and succeed”.

At Pace, our core values drive all that we do and we are proud to say that some of the key findings from the recent report reflect those values.

Achievement:   “Staff use assessment very well to identify pupils’ next steps accurately. This, coupled with their high expectations, ensures that work is challenging for all pupils, including the most able. “

Child and community focused: “The care of pupils is at the heart of the school’s work. Staff form strong relationships with pupils that help them to feel safe and happy at school.”

“In class and around the school, pupils’ behaviour is exemplary. They are kind and caring friends to each other and very well mannered towards staff.”

Dedication: “Leaders take time to review the impact of their work and highlight where they need to make improvements to the provision. They have rightly recognised the need to strengthen further the work that they do to prepare pupils for the future.”

Pace were ranked Outstanding in all four key areas:

  • Effectiveness of leadership and management – Outstanding
  • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment – Outstanding
  • Personal development, behaviour and welfare – Outstanding
  • Outcomes for pupils – Outstanding

The inspectors report can be read in full here.


Yesterday we held our first whole school Science curriculum day based on the topic of ‘Materials’.

The children from our two sites came together to take

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part in workshops to explore, describe and test different materials, to use the materials to solve problems and to explore the materials in the dark room under UV light.

The day started with the children hearing the story of how the elephant got his trunk.  The elephant had no trunk and was a very smelly creature and the children were encouraged to use the various materials to solve problems for him.  They needed to make the elephant something to swish away the flies, something to hold water so he could have a wash, and something to reach the different parts of his body to have a good scrub.

The groups came together again at the end of the day and the children shared all the wonderful inventive ways in which they had made objects to solve the elephant’s problems.   A great day was had by all of our budding scientists with lots of hands on exploring and problem solving taking place.

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