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Contractors start work on Abbeygate Sixth Form, in Bury St Edmunds




Contractors have started work on a new sixth form college in Bury St Edmunds.

Abbeygate Sixth Form's new state-of-the-art building, off Beetons Way, is expected to be ready for students by September 2020.

The sixth form college will be built on former King Edward VI School playing fields.

Abbeygate Sixth Form site Beetons Way Picture by Mark Westley. (10821183)
Abbeygate Sixth Form site Beetons Way Picture by Mark Westley. (10821183)

The college is due to open this September, with the West Suffolk College site being used for teaching for the first academic year until the new building is complete.

All teachers have now been appointed ahead of the opening, with King Edward VI School staff members Stuart Small and Abbi Thorpe becoming Abbeygate's director of curriculum and student services manager.

The college is set to offer more than 30 A-level courses to 16-19 year-olds.

David Gartland, principal, said: “I am absolutely thrilled work on the new site has begun. This marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter in sixth form education for this area, a chapter I’m proud to be at the heart of."

Students can apply at www.abbeygatesfc.ac.uk while there will be an open event at West Suffolk College on June 19.



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