The Folkestone School for Girls
‘Our prime purpose is to provide the highest quality of education, care and preparation for life in a stimulating and exciting environment.’
We are a Girls’ Grammar School and a member of the Shepway Learning Partnership. Since September 2003 we have also been a Mathematics and Computing College and last year we became a Training School. We enjoy strong links with both the local community and businesses. Our School boasts a happy, well-disciplined community with a strong academic tradition, which also provides a wealth of experiences through extra-curricular activities. We want our students to enjoy their time here and become fully involved in the life of the School.
We expect students to be industrious and behave in a way that makes a positive contribution to the whole School community. We will have achieved our aims if students leave the School confident that they possess the necessary skills, knowledge and understanding to enable them to take their place in society.
At The Folkestone School for Girls we can guarantee a first class, all-round educational experience, which was acknowledged firstly by Kent County Council when our Sixth Form was awarded Class A Kitemarking and then by the OfSTED inspection team when they last visited our school in March 2008. We are able to offer students excellent teaching in a wide range of AS/A2 Level courses, including two Vocational courses.
Over a number of years we have forged Sixth Form links with the Harvey Boys’ Grammar School in order to offer an even wider curriculum and now there is also the opportunity to undertake subjects at other schools in the Shepway Consortium, including The Marsh Academy.
We are proud not only of the high quality care and support which we give so that students are able to fulfil their potential, but also the constructive Careers Education and Guidance which we offer in order to help them make informed and realistic choices at 18+. Over 90% of our students go on to Higher Education each year. They acquire places at institutions throughout the UK and undertake a very wide range of courses. We are also dedicated to providing help and support for those students who wish to enter the world of employment and enhance their learning whilst in the work place when they have completed their Advanced Level courses.
Whilst the Sixth Form is about learning, it is also about students enjoying themselves and using constructively the greater freedom with which they are entrusted. Moreover, it offers the opportunity to have a fresh start and develop new interests. There are many extra-curricular enrichment activities in which students may participate, including work experience and voluntary work in the local community.
The School offers GCSE qualifications in all the standard National Curriculum subjects. Students undertake an average of 12 GCSEs, including OCR Nationals in ICT. They follow an accelerated programme commencing their GCSE studies in Year 9 and completing the majority of these by the end of Year 10.
We offer an extensive Gifted and Talented programme with many enrichment activities both for our own students and others throughout Shepway. Support is available for those students with Additional Educational Needs, but we advise making an appointment to discuss particular needs before applying for entry to the School. There is a referral system for those who may benefit from the guidance provided by Learning Mentors. When students first join the School, they are allocated to a House and the main point of contact for parents is the Student Development Leader for their daughter’s House and the Head of Sixth Form for those in Year12 and 13.
Post-14: Parents should contact the school and make arrangements for their daughter to sit the entry test.
Post-16: Students at the School should fill in the online application form which can be found at: www.kentchoices4u.com. In addition the School requires students to complete the blue paper application form at the back of the School Prospectus. Students applying to join us from another school or college must complete the online application form. This should be returned to Miss E Neads, Head of Sixth Form. An appointment to meet the Head of Sixth will be made during Term 3 and places will be offered on the condition that our Entry Requirements are fully met. When GCSE results arrive in August, students should write a letter to the Head of Sixth confirming their wish to enter the Sixth Form and they should enclose a copy of their GCSE results. The envelope should be clearly marked ‘Year 12 Admission’.