Learning With Us


Lifelong learning matters to us – we want to make a difference to people’s lives.  ACL Essex is not just about second chances; it’s about third, fourth, fifth and sixth chances. In fact, it is about helping you achieve the goals you have set your sights on, throughout your life. But it is much more than skills and qualifications, crucial as they are, it is also about making sure you flourish; your health and wellbeing, your sense of community belonging, and your confidence and belief in yourself.

We aim to provide you with as many ways to flourish as possible. We are there in communities across Essex, to make a difference to residents and businesses, so everyone has the chance to make a difference for themselves and to the places that they live in.

Whatever your ambitions for learning might be, we will be there to support you on your journey.

ACL Senior Leadership Team 

Lisa Jarentowski, Principal
Christian Norman, VP Curriculum & Learning
Teresa Ablewhite, VP Quality & Compliance
Claire Maynard, Business Operations Manager
Amanda Rawlings, Commercial Manager

Our Offer

About Us

Find out more about us including, who we are, our leadership team, our strategy, where our centres are, the upcoming term dates and much more.

ACL Life

Read our learner success stories, find out about our on-site services, including hair salons, beauty salons and nurseries and learn about all things relating to learning at ACL.


From financial support to learning support and career guidance, we are here to help! You can also download our learner handbooks and much more.

Safeguarding & Prevent

We take our responsibility for creating an environment that promotes wellbeing and ensures personal safety, security and welfare seriously.


Read and download our latest policies. If you have any questions or need them in an alternative format, please contact us.