Academic achievement alone is not the key to success. Today’s world demands that young people are resilient, resourceful, team players, self-starters and independent thinkers. To develop these attributes Abbeygate offers a wide range of exciting enrichment activities designed to enhance academic study by providing excellent opportunities to foster interests, extend skills, try new pursuits and enjoy an extensive range of intellectual, leisure and recreational activities.
The diverse clubs and societies at Abbeygate extend and enrich the curriculum, with something for everyone. You don’t have to be studying the subject to take part. From established groups such as LGBTQ+, Politics and Debating, to subject specific activities such as Astronomy and Creative Writing. We encourage our student to take the lead so if you think there is something missing, we will work with you to set up a club to support these interests. You will meet students with similar interests, share ideas and gain new skills.
Societies and Clubs Fair
Want to find out more about each club? Not sure what’s involved in joining a club or society? Don’t worry, we will hold a fair at the beginning of the academic year so you can meet other students and discover what’s involved.
Links with employment
The Sixth Form’s partner, West Suffolk College, has a long-proven track record of successful partnerships and collaboration with industry and currently works with over 1700 employers and businesses. Students Abbeygate Sixth Form have access to the benefits these business partnerships provide, such as work placements, specialist facilities, speakers and mentoring.
Working on real projects will bring context to academic learning and ensure that students not only achieve high academic qualifications but insight and experience of working with industry partners, ensuring they attain an edge for university and employment.
Other enrichment activities:
Radio Suffolk: 20/02/2021
- Abbeygate student and Wellbeing Committee Student Chair, Harvey Tilley, was invited to speak on BBC Radio Suffolk on 20/02/2021 to discuss student mental health and the importance of wellbeing groups in Sixth Forms.
2021 UK - Japan Workshop for Young Scientists 3: Myths of Mass Destruction
- Students from Abbeygate Sixth Form College, other colleges across the UK and Japan came together for a week of remote learning, finding out about cutting edge science while also learning more about Japanese and British culture. One group was tasked with learning about science communication, and making three mini podcasts about science. Their podcasts would explore the science being taught in the other groups, and how their peers were faring with the experience. Here is the third of these podcasts, about the myths of the asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs and the Chernobyl nuclear accident. This podcast was made by Isaac Todman, Kaho Hashimoto, and Madi Payne.
- Harvey Tilley interviewed BBC Clinical Psychologist Dr Hazel Harrison about all things mental health and wellbeing. Dr Hazel answered questions on the representation of mental health in the media, the stigma surrounding mental illness, and provided tips on how we can look after those around us and ourselves during lockdown.
BT Hothouse Challenge: 05/03/2021
- Twenty-two Abbeygate students took part in an innovative BT Hothouse Challenge on Friday 5th March 2021. The challenge involved students collaborating on future solutions to problems that we face - for example, climate change, health and global food distribution - using Artificial Intelligence (AI). Alongside presenting on the various uses of AI, the students learnt about careers in the sector, took a virtual tour around the innovation centre at Adastral Park and discovered the future technologies the team are working on.
Prospective Students: Why Choose Abbeygate?
- Listen to several of our students discussing their reasons for joining, advice for Year 11 students considering joining us and study skills advice.