The Folkestone School for Girls is an 11-18 selective girls’ grammar school and has a long established history as a centre for outstanding academic achievement. In recent years our academic record is unparalleled with all students achieving the Level 2 threshold of 5A*-C including English and Maths for 4 out of the last 5 years The progress made by students of all starting points far surpasses national comparisons and the ‘value added’ to students is significantly above average. By any measure the achievement and attainment of students is outstanding.

 

Our curriculum aims to provide

 

  • 8 to 10 good GCSEs at A* to B grades
  • 3 or 4 good A levels in mainstream academic subjects
  • Work experience/internship placements to develop awareness of the world of work and key skills
  • Community service to develop and demonstrate character
  • Art, Drama, Music, Sport etc for breadth and balance as well as for their intrinsic value

And after 7 years….

Happy, well-qualified and well-rounded young women prepared for varied and fulfilling careers and ready to take on the world.

Our curriculum naturally focuses on traditional academic subjects with the importance of these subjects reflected in the time allocated to their study. 

However, we are also a caring community where girls’ ‘other’ achievements are viewed as equal to academic attainment. Creativity, sporting prowess, community involvement and empathy for others are all key goals. We are also committed to ensuring that girls understand and accept key British values such as a respect for the rule of law, democracy and a tolerance of difference.

Because of our commitment to caring for girls as individuals and our strong moral base the school has a zero tolerance of sexism, homophobia, racism and other prejudicial attitudes.

We encourage students to aspire, to find out who they are and to develop their strengths across a broad spectrum of activities; our curriculum reflects this in the subjects offered and the additional opportunities presented. 

Our aim therefore is to provide an outstanding academic curriculum and outstanding teaching to ensure our girls leave as well-qualified and well-rounded young women. They will have a strong academic portfolio of qualifications, highly-developed interpersonal skills, a broad range of interests and are well prepared to pursue varied and fulfilling careers. 

Our ambition is that after 7 years at The Folkestone School for Girls our students:

  • Have a strong portfolio of academic qualifications
  • Have the confidence and self-belief necessary to achieve her dreams and to contribute to society
  • Have developed her own moral values and demonstrate tolerance and respect for others
  • Understand her own strengths and areas for development
  • Be positive/optimistic about new experiences, new ideas and the future
  • Have well developed people skills and know how to work in teams, lead teams or work alone
  • Love learning and have the skills and self-confidence required to learn anything in the 21st century world

The Academic Curriculum 

All students follow a condensed KS3 curriculum over years 7 and 8 studying the traditional spectrum of academic subjects: Maths, English, Science, Geography, History and Modern Foreign Languages. For breadth and balance they also study Music, Art, Design and Technology, Drama, Computing, Religious Education, PSHCE and Physical Education.

In year 9, students begin their GCSE programme. Students sit 11 GCSE qualifications in total, sitting examinations in two of these at the end of Year 10. (GCSE Statistics and GCSE Philosophy & Ethics). 

All students study Mathematics & Statistics, English Language and Literature and the Sciences. They also sit GCSE Philosophy & Ethics and have time each week for PE. 

All students also choose 2 further options from the Ebacc suite of subjects; History, Geography or a modern foreign language (from a choice of French, German or Spanish). Together with 2 x English, 2 x Mathematics and 2 x Science GCSEs these subjects combine to form the broad and balanced academic package that our girls will need for the future. All girls therefore will study at least 8 traditional academic qualifications to GCSE. 

Students then choose two further subjects which allow them to personalise their curriculum to reflect their own interests, strengths and aspirations. Students choose from;

  • Art & Design: Fine Art
  • Art & Design: Textiles
  • Art & Design: Photography
  • Citizenship
  • Classical Civilisation
  • Computing
  • Dance
  • Design & Technology - Product Design
  • Drama
  • ICT
  • Music
  • Triple Science: Students opting to study Triple Science will, in addition to studying the sciences, spend further time every week in study to obtain separate GCSE qualifications in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Sixth Form

The overwhelming majority of students continue into Sixth Form where they choose 3 or 4 A levels to study. We have an extensive offer post 16 curriculum (some 30 subjects) focused mainly on A level but covering all disciplines. From the Mathematical and scientific disciplines students can choose from Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Further mathematics, Statistics and ICT. In the Arts: Art (3D or Fine Art), Textiles, Photography, Dance, Drama and Music. Humanities subjects offered include History, Geography, Government and Politics, Sociology, French, German, Spanish, English (Language or Literature). We also offer Business Studies, Health and Social Care and Psychology and have recently introduced BTEC Applied Science.

In 2015, around 85% of students either continued onto university or planned to do so after a gap year. The remainder went into directly into employment.

For any questions or queries on the school curriculum please contact Mark Lester (Vice Principal) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please scroll down for greater detail on the individual subjects offered. It is also worth noting that our school Learning Gateway provides even greater detail on the individual subjects including exam specifications, past exam questions (and solutions) in addition to links to subject specific software, video tutorials and useful weblinks.

Changes to Exam Specifications

It is worth noting that many GCSE and A level Specifications are currently being rewritten as a result of Government changes.

Departments

  • Art & Design

    The Department Mr Fitzgerald-Clark - Director of Learning - A'level & GCSE Photography and KS3 Mrs Hulme - Assistant Director of Learning - A'level and GCSE Fine Art and KS3 Ms Turner - A'level &...

  • Business Studies

    KS5 A Level Business Studies enables you to investigate different types of organisations in various business sectors and environments.  You will learn that businesses face varying degrees of...

  • Citizenship

    KS4 Studying Citizenship enables students to: Engage with topical citizenship issues and contribute to debates on challenges facing society involving a wide range of political, social and ethical...

  • Computing & ICT

    KS3 The school values both ICT and Computing equally, hence students in years 7 and 8 study both ICT and Computing on a termly carousel.   In ICT they experience a range of applications such as...

  • Dance

    KS4 In Year 9 pupils follow a foundation course which prepares them for the AQA GCSE Dance syllabus in Year 10. GCSE Dance helps students develop technical and expressive skills as well as knowledge and...

  • Design Technology

    KS3 In years 7 and 8 students will create a number of projects that support the National Curriculum focussing on wood, metal, plastic, electronics, textiles and graphics. They will learn how to use...

  • Drama

    KS3 Drama in KS3 provides students with the opportunity to explore group skills, team work, individual leadership skills and self-confidence. Students will develop an understanding of different...

  • Economics

    KS5 AIM This course is designed to introduce students to the core theory and practical application of Economics. Students will: Develop an understanding of the core microeconomic principles of...

  • English

    KS3 English is taught over 7 lessons a fortnight at Key Stage Three, which gives the pupils opportunities to explore and analyse a wide variety of fictional and non-fiction texts and create them...

  • Extended Project

    What is Extended Project The Extended Project requires students to carry out an extensive piece of independent work in a topic of their choosing. Students will be required to:  Choose an area of...

  • Geography

    KS3 In both Years 7 and 8, Geography is taught over two lessons each week. Both year groups will have the opportunity for field work in the local area.  In Year 7 we hope to show students what...

  • Government & Politics

    KS5 The History Department also offers Government & Politics at AS and A2 level. At AS students look at British political institutions such as Parliament and the judiciary, as well as issues in UK...

  • Health & Social Care

    KS5 Edexcel AS and A2 course in Health and Social Care. This is a vocational A level qualification providing students with both knowledge and practical skills for a career in Education, Health or...

  • History

    KS3 Students develop a range of skills and subject knowledge at KS3 in History. We develop our skills of source analysis by looking at different types of evidence, from everyday objects to official state...

  • Mathematics

    KS3 Pending approval. KS4 You will begin your Mathematics GCSE course in Year 9. The current Year 10s will be the last cohort to sit the current Mathematics GCSE specification, and they will sit...

  • MFL

    KS3 Many studies have shown that learning a foreign language not only improves students’ employability, but also strengthens their skills in other subjects. Furthermore, a number of prestigious...

  • Music

    KS3 Pupils study music over 2 periods per week in year 7 and 1 period per week in year 8. Those pupils who currently play an instrument are encouraged to bring this to their music lesson and use it...

  • Physical Education

    KS3 In Year 7 & 8 pupils have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of activities for 2 hours a week.  Students will develop their knowledge, understanding and skill level in the following...

  • Psychology

    KS5 Psychology is now classified as the fourth science.  Psychology is a highly valued by many universities including being a popular and useful choice for those hoping to go into medicine,...

  • Religious Education

    KS3 Girls from year 7 receive a general introduction to major World Religions with a discrete focus on Christianity Buddhism and Sikhism. In year 8 girls develop their understanding of these...

  • Religious Studies

    KS5 Do you want to understand yourself and the world around you? Do you  question truths and assumptions? Do you spend most of your time thinking and talking to yourself? Do you enjoy constructing...

  • Science

    KS3 Students are taught Key Stage 3 Science in 2 years following the UPD8 SOW Wikid.  This is based on the philosophy that students should enjoy and achieve in Science. Every Science lesson, whatever the...

  • Sociology

    KS5 Course Content Sociology is an immensely challenging and exciting discipline. Its aim is to understand how societies work. The study of sociology fosters a critical awareness of contemporary social...

Contact

The Folkestone School for Girls

Coolinge Lane

Folkestone, Kent

CT20 3RB United Kingdom

 

Tel: +44 (0) 1303 251125