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Abbeygate Sixth Form students in with chance to travel to Asia after securing Government grant on the Turing Scheme




Over 100 students from Abbeygate Sixth Form will have the chance to travel to Asia after the Bury St Edmunds college secured a £210,000 Government grant.

The project, called the Turing Scheme, encourages 'global education partnerships, experiences and opportunities' and will offer the pupils a chance to visit Thailand and China.

As part of a separate partnership with Challenges Abroad, 10 students will have the opportunity to visit Nepal in 2021 as well.

Aaran McIntyre, Madi Payne and Joe Marshall. Picture: Abbeygate Sixth Form.
Aaran McIntyre, Madi Payne and Joe Marshall. Picture: Abbeygate Sixth Form.

Nadine Payne, group director of extended opportunities at Abbeygate and the Eastern Colleges Group, said: "We are very excited to be able to give our students these amazing opportunities.

“All of the projects have to maintain some kind of sustainable element to them.

"In Thailand for example, we will be discussing practices based around mental health and wellbeing.

Abbeygate Sixth Form College. Picture: Abbeygate Sixth Form. (52026441)
Abbeygate Sixth Form College. Picture: Abbeygate Sixth Form. (52026441)

"When we return, our students will create new resources based on their experiences that will be given to local primary schools.

"The visit to China will see us visit major political, cultural and business sites and we will get to work and share ideas with students based at a college in Beijing, before we return home to share the knowledge we have gained with other schools, Abbeygate learners and the community.

“These will inevitably be life changing experiences for all of those who are involved and we are delighted to have secured this funding that is ultimately aimed at helping our students become more globally aware.”

David Gartland, principal of Abbeygate Sixth Form College, said he was 'delighted' to be able to provide the opportunity to the students.

"These projects will allow our students make a positive contribution to the country they are visiting, which is so important, and I know they will learn so much from this experience and bring back ideas that will benefit the college and the wider community," he said.

Ahead of the Thailand trip, students will discuss wellbeing with the support of clinical psychologist, Dr Hazel Harrison, who has previously worked with the BBC.

One of the students hoping to be involved is Madi Payne, 17, of Bury, who said she would 'immerse herself' on the trip if chosen.

Another student, Joe Marshall, 17, of Bury, said: “I’ve never been out of Europe so something like this would stay with me forever."

Aaron McIntyre, 17, who is the president of the student union, said: "I think it’s an exciting opportunity from a student union point of view and we are keen to ensure that these opportunities are accessed by those who can least afford it and those who have worked the hardest."