About us


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Studying A Levels is enjoyable, it is a time where you develop a deep interest, knowledge and enthusiasm for your chosen subjects. As you decide on your next steps I am delighted that you are considering Abbeygate Sixth Form College. This is a really exciting time for you and a great opportunity to really focus on the subjects you enjoy and want to learn more about. Abbeygate Sixth Form College is an amazing place to study. Our modern, safe, bright and spacious state of the art building has been designed and built for you. Every aspect of this incredible building has been designed specifically for our A Level students and we have industry standard facilities and resources in every subject area, I would encourage you to visit at one of our open events or have a look on the fly thru We have a range of social and study spaces throughout the building so you can work individually, in peace and quiet, or in groups when preparing for presentations or researching topics. This is all part of a quality sixth form experience that will prepare you well for your future.

At ASFC we have amazing teachers who provide high quality lessons that are engaging and enjoyable that will provide you with the knowledge and understanding you need to be the best you possibly can. Because we are a Sixth From College all of our teachers focus solely on teaching A levels and they are specialist in their chosen subjects; they will enthuse you, support you and give you the opportunity to flourish. We all need help and support at different times in our lives and our hugely committed pastoral team are there to support you every step of the way. They are here for you throughout your sixth form journey and will be your supporter, to provide the care, advice and guidance you need, when you need it.

A Sixth Form College is about more than just examination results, it is about broadening your horizons, adding to your cultural capital and providing you with a range of opportunities and experiences that will better prepare you for your future. The additional opportunities programme at ASFC offer is extensive and one that changes and adapts every year. We know that Universities and employers are looking for more than just grades and we know the benefit of participating in a range of activities so I would encourage you to participate and even bring your own new ideas to the College.

 I hope you choose to come to Abbeygate. A College that provides incredible teaching, pastoral and welfare support when you need it and a range of opportunities that you deserve that will support you on your next steps. I look forward to meeting you soon.

Best wishes

David Gartland, Principal

Our vision

We are creating a sixth form college that enables students to experience a broad curriculum offer, to flourish as individuals and to achieve the best possible grades enabling them to progress on to the best universities or jobs with prospects. Students will benefit from learning in a state of the art building with world class facilities and excellent teaching and support.

We will prepare our students to make a positive contribution to the community in which they live.  We know that young people can go on and do fantastic things and it is our job to help make this happen. By providing a high quality curriculum, and a range of support and opportunities, we will ensure they are equipped with the skills and personal attributes required to enable them to reach their full potential and to become valued members of society.

Our values:

  • We are student focused 
  • We are inclusive
  • We are innovative and creative
  • We are aspirational
  • We have integrity, always
  • We are a highly effective team
  • We celebrate success

Using education as a catalyst for positive social change

Our intent is to use education as a catalyst of positive social change and prosperity for the community we serve, leaving no one behind, which we intend to do in the following ways:

  • Leading by example, EDI is part of everyday life, rather than a legal requirement

  • Building on the benefits of diversity within our leadership, teaching and support teams we will take an inclusive pedagogy approach to the teaching of our curriculum; to encompass the diversity of thought, life experience and identity

  • Ensuring that our statutory responsibilities in relation to equality and diversity are more than just met – they are exceeded and integrated fully into our shared services and everything that we do.

View full details about our public duties and our action plan

Leadership team

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Eastern Colleges Group

The Eastern Colleges Group is a collective of visionary post-16 education providers.

Eastern Colleges Group vision

Suffolk Academies Trust

The Suffolk Academies Trust aims to prepare young people for today’s modern and ever-changing world. It provides the very best education, enrichment and connections with business to develop its students into confident and successful individuals with unlimited aspirations.

Click here to go to the Suffolk Academies Trust website

Founding partners

Abbeygate Sixth Form College is has been developed by Suffolk Academies Trust, a partnership between One Sixth Form College in Ipswich and West Suffolk College in Bury St Edmunds.

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The Trust is working in collaboration with Abbeygate's four founder schools on all aspects of the project.

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