Abbey Gate College
Cheshire West and Chester, United Kingdom
About Abbey Gate College
Abbey Gate College is an independent, mixed, non-denominational, all-through school in Chester. The school has a sixth form and educates students aged 4-18. In 2016, it was in the top 8% of UK independent schools at A-level. The infant and junior schools are based in the village of Aldford, near to the senior school at Saighton Grange.
The premises of Abbey Gate College have a long history dating back to the 11th century, when Hugh Lupus, the Earl of Chester, converted a church into the Benedictine Abbey of St Werburgh and Saighton Grange became part of abbey property. The property passed through the hands of many owners before Deeside House Educational Trust obtained the lease for Saighton Grange in 1977.
Values and vision
Abbey Gate College focuses on fostering a love of learning through the building blocks of self-esteem, passion for education, and personal and academic achievement. Ensuring that students graduate with a sense of confidence grounded with respect is a main goal for the college. Young people are supported to develop skills for life.
The school emphasises academic ambition and nurtures that spirit within its pupils, offering a variety of enrichment opportunities. Strong pastoral care and a calm environment combine to help students achieve their full potential.
"The quality of the pupils’ personal development throughout the school including EYFS and Years 12 and 13 is excellent and is supported by extensive and high quality pastoral care. EYFS provision for the children’s well-being is also very strong. They are articulate, self-assured and show great pride in their school, reflecting very effectively a ‘can do’ attitude. The older pupils are excellent role models. Pupils feel confident to talk to adults whom they respect and trust. They are very well cared for by a variety of staff. The school is effective in promoting good behaviour. The school’s arrangements for welfare, health and safety are sound."