Our excellent pastoral care focuses on developing pupils emotionally and intellectually. Our learning environment is welcoming and the development of a culture in which self-confidence, mutual respect and hard work is created throughout the College.

The exclusive use of the Sixth Form Centre ensures a calm and conducive environment for study, with well equipped study and ICT rooms plus a kitchen area and common room where students can relax.

All pupils are members of a Form and Form Time is built into the timetable to enable each Form Tutor to get to know their pupils and to monitor both academic and social progress.

The House System is also an important aspect of the pupils’ lives at Abbey Gate College as this encourages healthy competition between pupils and staff as well as enhancing the sense of community.

Our Sixth Form students are expected to take an active role in school life, and are relied upon as role models for younger pupils and ambassadors for the College. Community support opportunities, Senior Prefect and mentoring roles, foster the sense of community at Abbey Gate College, and provide positions of responsibility.

The relationships between pupils, teachers, support staff and parents is very strong. The first point of contact for pupil and parent is the Form Tutor who works closely with senior members of the Pastoral Team. Through the VLE parents are able to access information about pupils progress and to view regular updates on progress. Parents are also invited to Parents’ Evenings and to other events hosted by the College.

Learning Enrichment

At Abbey Gate College we place the child at the centre of all we do. The Learning Enrichment department aims to ensure that our pupils have the opportunity to unlock and fulfil their potential.

We understand the complexities of Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLDs) and how pupils may learn in different ways to their peers. Subject teachers share the responsibility for supporting pupils with learning differences and we strive to remove potential barriers to learning. All pupils are educated in small classes, and pupils with SpLD’s receive support through differentiated teaching and learning opportunities.

Additional assistance maybe available for pupils with Dyslexia, provided by experienced specialist teachers.

Learning Enrichment lessons may incorporate the development of;

  • literacy skills
  • study skills
  • revision strategies
  • exam technique

We place high emphasis on using multi sensory strategies for learning. We help pupils appreciate and develop their individual learning styles, encouraging them to identify their strengths and to look for opportunities to shine.

Ultimately we aim to make the learning experience enjoyable, whilst developing successful, independent learners.

Dedicated Sixth Form Area

The newly decorated Sixth Form area at Abbey Gate College includes many inspirational quotes to inspire and motivate our students. A new kitchen area has also been added so students can relax and enjoy a well-earned break in their own dedicated space.