Welcome to The Folkestone Academy
Welcome to the Folkestone Academy Sixth Form. We look forward to receiving and reading your applications and inviting you to interview. On the interview day, you will be able to discuss your future goals and ambitions and the specific requirements we have for the courses you are interested in.
The Folkestone All-Age Academy is an 11-19 school. Our state of the art learning environment offers a truly modern approach to teaching and learning. The Folkestone All-Age Academy is sponsored by Turner Schools and offers learning from cradle to career. In addition to being part of the Turner Schools group, the All-Age Academy works closely with senior leaders from the Folkestone School for Girls and with Kings School Canterbury, one of the country’s leading independent schools. The Academy is a partner school with the University of Kent and benefits from two substantial bursaries awarded to eligible students who attend the University from the Academy. Links have also been forged with Canterbury Christ Church University and the Creative Foundation, Folkestone. We are unusual in being able to offer a diverse range of academic and vocational courses at levels 1,2 and 3. These courses are offered in two modern state of the art facilities with highly qualified staff located at each centre. These include the main Academy opened in 2007 and the Primary Academy opened in 2013.
Post 16 Provision
An integral part of the Folkestone All Age Academy, the Sixth Form, boasts specialist facilities, the highest quality teaching and an exciting range of Advanced Level GCE (or equivalent) courses which cater for a wide range of needs and future aspirations. Our students progress onto a variety of universities, apprenticeships or directly into employment.
Our sixth form offers a wide variety of linear A level courses such as Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Politics, Psychology, Sociology, Fine Art, Digital Art (Graphics), Photography, English Literature, French and History. It also includes modern BTEC courses in Business, ICT, Law, Media, Drama, Dance, Music, Music Technology and Sport to name but a few. For those who are serious about rugby, football or basketball in particular, we have three Sport Academies, Rugby Academy, Football Academy and Basketball Academy offering a unique opportunity to develop your ability in these sports.
Post 16 students enjoy an academic and flexible environment with all the support and guidance they need in order to achieve both their personal and academic goals. Students are encouraged to actively engage with the local community through our links with local charities and other local enterprises helping build relationships within the town through empowerment, challenge and active citizenship.
The All-age Academy is equipped with the very best in educational facilities throughout the building and boasts two large, purpose built studios for drama and dance, a large Mac suite with green screen capability for Media students, a photography studio, a digital music suite and recording studio and individual music and practice rooms. Art, graphics and textiles are taught in dedicated, well equipped classrooms and there are ten laboratories for sciences. Sports students have access to an all-weather pitch, multi-use games area, cricket square and playing fields at the main site and at the . In addition, our Rugby Academy students train and develop at the Folkestone Rugby Club where they have an additional four rugby pitches. In 2013 two of our teams were able to tour South Africa and enjoyed a similar tour to Italy in July 2015.
Throughout their time in the Sixth Form students are encouraged to get involved with the running of the Academy in a variety of ways such as mentoring younger students, helping out with sports coaching, working in the radio station and assisting at Open Evenings and other events. They are also encouraged to get involved with the wider community by participating in local events and helping raise funds for charities. The Folkestone Academy believes that every student should be given the opportunity to fulfil their potential, and the sixth form is no exception. A dedicated group of sixth form staff and teaching mentors are on hand to support mentor and advise students and a specially designed individualised careers programme is available for all students in preparation for a successful entry into higher education or employment.
If you think the Folkestone Academy Sixth Form sounds like the place for you then please feel free to come along and visit us. You can arrange a visit by calling 01303 842400 or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. To apply please refer to the online prospectus above for an up to date list of courses or collect a prospectus from reception at the main Academy site. Alternatively you can visit the Academy website on www.folkestoneacademy.com to download a prospectus.
Main Academy site:
- 10 science labs
- Dance, drama, film and recording studios
- Hard play areas and all weather surface
- Indoor recreational space for all pupils
- Interactive whiteboards in all classrooms
- Large and flexible performance space
- Music rooms and practice rooms
- Outstanding ICT facilities
- Specialist rooms for art and textiles
- Sports hall with viewing gallery
- Radio station
- Four dedicated Sixth Form spaces including two common room areas and two work rooms
Additional support is available through our Progress Leader, Mrs Bezuidenhout, our Higher Education & Careers Advisor, our Academic Learning Mentor, and through our specialist teacher mentors. Our Head of Sixth Form (KS5), Mr Himbury, and Deputy Head of Sixth Form, Mr Heaton are happy to discuss course choices, course changes and other matters related to Post-16 learning.
How to apply
You can apply for courses at The Folkestone Academy through UCAS Progress. Add courses to your favourites to apply to this provider.