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Abbeygate Sixth Form College in Bury St Edmunds receives 'exceptional feedback' from Ofsted

The schools regulator has deemed Abbeygate Sixth Form College to have made "significant progress" following a new provider visit.

The Bury St Edmunds college, which opened in 2019, was visited by Ofsted in January to judge the level of progress that is being made in leadership and management, quality of education programmes for young people and safeguarding.

It was found to have made significant progress in these key areas, with no recommendations - the best possible outcome.

Abbeygate Sixth Form College was found to have made 'significant progress' in all areas by Ofsted (55748813)
Abbeygate Sixth Form College was found to have made 'significant progress' in all areas by Ofsted (55748813)

Principal David Gartland said: "This report recognises the huge amount that we have achieved in such a short period of time, in the most challenging of circumstances.

"I was so pleased inspectors experienced and captured everything that Abbeygate stands for as well as what we are looking to achieve as an organisation.

"The students were, as they always are, outstanding ambassadors for the college."

The report said: "Students appreciate the strong sense of personal responsibility and greater independence they are given.

"They value the mutual respect shown by both teachers and their peers. As a result, students demonstrate good behaviour and work hard to achieve their personal goals."

The report also said due to "teachers’ frequent and effective feedback" students know how well they are achieving against their personal targets and how they can improve further.

It also praised the sixth form college teachers for “using their extensive subject knowledge to prepare well-sequenced lessons and resources that consider students’ prior learning effectively” and for effectively creating "a positive and nurturing learning environment".

See here for the full report.