Education – Fantastic opportunities to learn in Folkestone
Folkestone is supplied by 6 secondary schools and over 37 of its primary schools in the district are rated Good or Outstanding by Ofsted.
The secondary schools promise much potential, focusing on academic and vocational skills to provide generations with fantastic education and opportunity. There is selective education in Folkestone where two secondary schools are Grammar and the others are classed as High Schools.
In order to enter the grammar system your child needs to take the Kent Test and also the Shepway Test. You will need to apply on the Kent County Council site for your child to enter the Kent Test and this is taken at their primary school, or at a Kent Test site, in early September of Year 6. You will need to apply separately for the Shepway Test which is taken at either the Harvey Grammar (for boys) or at Folkestone School For Girls on a Saturday in early September of Year 6.
You will find out the results of these tests in mid-October of Year 6 and you are then able to apply for your favoured school.
The Turner Schools Academy Trust run two high schools in the area; The Turner Free School and the Folkestone Academy. The Turner Free School is a new venture and is currently serving Year 7, it will grow to include future years as the site is refurbished to create a stimulating and purpose-built setting for learning. It’s ethos of Teamwork, Fairness and Success aim to give every learner a strong basis in education.
The Folkestone Academy was designed by Sir Norman Foster and this heritage inspires our future generations. It’s based on the All Age Academy Site which has a primary and kindergarten facility designed by Guy Holloway. The school supports learners from ‘cradle to career’ and has a varied extra-curricular timetable including drama, sports and debating.
The Harvey Grammar is located on Chertion Road near the Three Hills Sports Park and Alumni include the cricketer Les Ames, Jimi Hendrix Experience’s bass player Noel Redding, Lord Imbert – the youngest Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, MPs and Ambassadors, business men and the CEO of Sage, the finance, accounting and payroll system.
The Folkestone School for Girls is on Coolinge Lane with stunning views across the channel. As well as an academic focus, there is also the opportunity to be a part of the Combined Cadet Force, Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, Young Enterprise, as well as drama, sport and art extra-curricular activities.
Brockhill Park Performing Arts College boasts alumni such as Olympian Jack Green, Richard Franks actor and artist David Doran. Access to the on-site working farm enables students to learn agricultural skills and become members of Young Farmers. The Farm includes cattle, sheep, pigs, chickens, horses and small animals. All farmyard animals are reared to finished meat and are sold in our own Farm Shop. The Farm Shop can be found next to the walled garden and is open on a Tuesday and Friday between 3 – 4.15pm.
The Beacon School supports those with complex needs and profound and severe learning difficulties. This venue has access to health support in the Multi Agency Specialist Hub and the Community facilities, including the sandwich bar offer incredibly reasonably priced food which is good too! The Beacon serves people from age 3 to 19 supporting them into work and independent living.