David Gartland, Principal of Abbeygate Sixth Form and Dr Nikos Savvas, CEO of West Suffolk College and the Eastern Colleges Group, were personally invited to meet Prime Minister Theresa May at No 10 Downing Street (Thursday 30 May 2019).
The private reception was hosted by the Prime Minister to celebrate a successful thirteenth wave and a new year for free schools, and to mark the opening of Abbeygate Sixth Form College, in Bury St Edmunds.
David Gartland said, “It was an absolute honour to attend the reception. It was a fantastic occasion and a wonderful way to celebrate the opening of Abbeygate Sixth Form College this September and mark the start of the work on the new building”.
He continued, “The event afforded us an incredible opportunity to be part of discussions about education in the very heart of government. We made some extremely useful connections with the offices and had positive dialogs with the Education Secretary MP Damien Hinds and Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the School System, MP Theodore Agnew”.
My team and I am looking forward to welcoming all those interested in finding out more about Abbeygate to our inaugural Open Event on Wednesday 19 June”.
Dr Nikos Savvas said, “Congratulations to David and his team for the opening of Abbeygate Sixth Form College this September. The Prime Minister’s invitation was a fitting tribute to David and his team for taking Abbeygate Sixth Form College from a vision to a reality with nearly 400 students due to study at the College from the new academic year.
“He added, A thank you must also be extended to One Sixth Form College in Ipswich and our founding partner schools, for whom without them Abbeygate would not have been possible”.