The Folkestone School for Girls is an 11-18 selective girls’ grammar school and the only selective school for girls in the town of Folkestone and the district of Shepway. The main principle of admission to The Folkestone School for Girls is to maintain the character of a selective, single sex school. We promote excellence and expect girls to exhibit a strong work ethic and commitment to academic study. 

Policy for Admission of Students in September 2017

Only students who attain the required standard in the prescribed arrangements for selection by reference to ability and aptitude will be eligible to be considered for admission to the school. 

Eligibility for consideration

These arrangements require that, in order to be eligible for consideration for admission to the school at age 11, would-be students must either:

(a) attain satisfactory scoring across tests taken at The Folkestone School for Girls. These will test students’ verbal, non-verbal and Mathematical competency and will require similar skills to those needed for Key Stage 2 English and Mathematics. The minimum scoring for entry will be that which will reasonably predict that at the end of Year 11 the candidate will attain qualifications sufficient to embark on Sixth Form studies at the school, given the curriculum through the school with its particular spread of subjects, time allocation to them and style of delivery. It is anticipated that this level will correspond approximately with that which would be attained or exceeded by 25% of the age group locally. Arrangements to take the tests will be announced by the governing body in the local press and also advertised on the school’s website. Application to take the test should be made on the school’s application form which is available from the school and should be returned to the school.

or (b) be selected for grammar school education by the Kent Age 11 assessment administered through the Local Authority coordinated scheme. 

Numbers

Girls with a statement of special educational need/education (SSEN) or an education health care plan (EHCP), who meet the entry requirements, will be admitted. The number of intended admissions for the year commencing September 2017 will be 180 at age 11.

Appeals

If you are not offered a place at our school, you have the right to appeal to an independent panel. For places in Year 7, details of the appeals process will normally be sent out by the LA with the offer letters. Please ensure that appeals are headed with the school name and address and are returned to the Clerk to the Independent Appeals Panel, c/o The Folkestone School for Girls, Coolinge Lane, Folkestone, Kent, CT20 3RB. The closing date on the appeal application form must be adhered to. If you are in any doubt about the appeals process, please contact the school for further information.

Over-Subscription

Where successful applications exceed the number of places available, the following criteria will be applied, in the order as written. In such circumstances, no guarantee of a place can be made.

Children in Local Authority Care - a child under the age of 18 years for whom the Local Authority provides accommodation by agreement with their parents/carers (Section 22 of the Children Act 1989) or who is the subject of a care order under Part IV of the Act. This applies equally to children who immediately after being looked after by the local authority became subject to an adoption, residence or special guardianship order. (As defined by Section 46 of the Adoption and Children Act 2002 or Section 8 or 14A of the Children Act 1989). 

Girls who reside in the District of Shepway (a map of this area is available from the school). In the event of the number of successful students in Shepway exceeding the number of places available, the nearness of a child’s home to school will apply (see below for full details).

Other girls who satisfy the selection requirements, with those living nearest to the school being given the higher priority. This will also serve as a tie-breaker in the event of a tie for the last place. 

In order to assess the nearness of a child’s home to school, we use the distance (as supplied by the LA) between the child’s permanent home address and the school, measured in a straight line using Ordnance Survey address point data. Distances are measured from a point defined as within the child’s home, to a point defined as within the school, as specified by Ordnance Survey. The same address point on the school site is used for everybody. 

Waiting Lists

In line with the re-allocation process as determined by the coordinated Admissions Scheme, eligible students who have requested a place will be assigned to a waiting list.

Late Entrants

Subject to the availability of places, girls may be admitted to the school between the ages of 11 and 15 if they achieve a satisfactory standard in the assessments made by the school in English, Mathematics and non-verbal reasoning. Those wishing to be tested for late entry should contact the Admissions Officer at the school. The school will then contact the parent/carer to arrange a mutually convenient date for testing to be carried out. No provision will be made for any student to repeat an academic year, apart from in exceptional circumstances.

Out of Year

Application for entry should be in line with the child’s normal age group. No provision will be made for any student to repeat an academic year, except in exceptional circumstances. 

Admissions to the Sixth Form

We offer a range of academic & vocational subjects to our 6 th form students and all have entrance requirements at GCSE - see 6th form prospectus for full details. The school participates in the Kent Online Application Scheme and all applicants are required to submit an online application which can be accessed from the website: www.kentchoices4u.com. We also use our own paper application form.

Admission Number Year 12

The admission number for external candidates will be 25, but this figure may be exceeded in the event that this and the number of internal students transferring into Year 12 is less than the overall figure for the year group which is 180. Details of application deadlines can be found in the 6 th form prospectus and the online area prospectus. Applicants should comply with the deadline date to enable us to plan courses effectively.

Academic Requirements

For entry onto our AS and A2 level courses we require:

  • a minimum of 6 separately identifiable GCSE subjects at grade B or above, and at least a grade C in English Language and Mathematics;
  • a grade B or above in the chosen course of study or a related subject as specified in the 6 th form prospectus. To study Mathematics, Science or MFL subjects, an A/A* grade is recommended;
  • where learners have achieved better results than the predicted grades, they will be considered based on the grades achieved and ranked accordingly for any places that become available as a result of other learners failing to meet the required entry levels. 

Over-subscription

Following the admission of internal students transferring from Year 11, all remaining places will be allocated to learners who have met the entry requirements for the particular course of study. Where there are more learners seeking places than the number of places available, the following over subscription criteria will be applied in the order set out below to rank students until the overall figure for the year group is reached:

  • Children in Local Authority Care - as defined in the whole school admission policy.
  • Rank order of merit in GCSE qualifications.
  • Distance from home to school - as defined in the whole school admission policy.

Any applicant refused a place in the Sixth Form is entitled to make an appeal to an independent appeal panel, whether the student is already attending the school or is an external candidate. Appeals may be lodged by the parent, by the student or both. 

Appeals

Parents have a statutory right of appeal, should an application for a place be refused, by writing to The Clerk to the Governors, care of the school. 

Applicants from Overseas

It should be noted that any student who applies for entry to the 6th Form with qualifications other than those recognised in the UK will be required to demonstrate that she has achieved the required standard for entry. This may involve tests in a range of subjects.

General

After a place has been offered the school reserves the right to withdraw the place in the following circumstances:

  • when a parent has failed to respond to an offer within a reasonable time;
  • when a parent has failed to notify the school of important changes to the application information;
  • the admission authority offered the place on the basis of a fraudulent or intentionally misleading application from a parent.

Contact

The Folkestone School for Girls

Coolinge Lane

Folkestone, Kent

CT20 3RB United Kingdom

 

Tel: +44 (0) 1303 251125