Whether school selection, exam support, extra-curricular activities, or work experience opportunities, ACEN exists to support independent and grammar school students, alumni, and parents so we can ensure positive educational experiences for our children in these environments, and use schooling as a route to impact on the number of black people in decision-making positions across industries, over a generation.
One vital way in which we have sought to do this is to utilise ‘networks’ in a way that is synonymous with such institutions. With this in mind, we urge members to look at ACEN as a long-term investment, directly supplementing the investment they have made in their children’s education to date.
To read our mission statement in full, please click here
Please take a look at the services and initiatives we offer to students here and schools here.
If you would like us to contact your school and raise awareness of our anti-racism services and network, please complete this form.
If you have a child age 16+, they can register independently here.
To date, our member events and services have included
– Family socials
– Parent networking events
– A comprehensive summer timetable of online extra-curricular lessons
– Parliamentary workshops
– Anti-racism workshops
– Museum tours and workshops
– Charity and fundraising initiatives
Registered members have access to:
– Discussion forums
– Exam resources
– Exam support groups
– Member work experience and mentoring opportunities – Launching 2022
– Member careers advice sessions – Launching 2022
– Consultancy and advice
– Professional networking events
– Family socials
– Supplementary education activities
– Local/School-based ACEN groups – Launching 2022


– To provide support and advice for African and Caribbean parents accessing and navigating the independent and grammar school systems
– To create and capitalise on networks to build capacity within the Black community
– To create networks for our children to capitalise on now, and into the future
– To broaden our children’s education and include political, economic, social, and historical teaching
– To show our children there are different characteristics relating to “Black” identities and to be confident in developing and embracing their own identities
– To provide anti-racism services for independent and grammar schools in relation to issues impacting on our children, as minorities, in these environments.