ACE School of Character Quality Mark

The ACE School of Character Quality Mark or Quality Mark Plus is awarded to schools and colleges that can demonstrate that they take an explicit, planned and reflective approach to the cultivation of positive character qualities in their pupils in the interests of human flourishing. There are two levels of award:

  • ACE School of Character Quality Mark

  • ACE School of Character Quality Mark Plus.

The process of being awarded one of the Quality Marks is formative; it is designed to help schools or colleges develop and enhance their character education provision. As such, the aim of the award is not just the recognition of good practice, but also to support schools to develop desirable character qualities that contribute to individual as well as broader societal flourishing. Schools or colleges applying for one of the Quality Marks are required to complete an application form comprising self-evaluation against four criteria. There is also a requirement to submit a comprehensive digital evidence base (details provided on receipt of application).

  • Small School (up to 250 pupils) Quality Mark £800

  • Medium School (250 – 500 pupils) Quality Mark £1,050

  • Large School (500 + pupils ) Quality Mark £1,150

At ACE we understand that affordability levels vary between schools and we are keen that cost isn’t a barrier when applying for the Quality Mark. If this is an issue for your school or college please contact

Schools in Scotland 

A new version of the Quality Mark Framework tailored to the needs of schools in Scotland is included in the download pack. Register to download your copy.

Register to Download the ACE Quality Mark Application Pack