2017 was a year of great change as GCSE students across the country sat new specification (9-1) examinations in English Language, English Literature & Mathematics for the first time. Specifications were bigger, with more challenging content and coursework was removed so that final examinations contributed to 100% of the grade awarded. 

At A Level too, similar changes were made. A-Levels became linear. Coursework contributions ended and again rigour and challenge increased.

The Folkestone School for Girls has an enviable reputation and established history of outstanding academic results. In combination with outstanding attainment, the outstanding levels of progress made by students from all starting points place us amongst the very best schools in the country year on year. 

We were, therefore, well placed to cope with the changes this year, and beyond, and can now report on another set of stunning results for Summer 2017.




 3 A*- C and 4+ EM * 96%
4+ English & Maths 96%
5+ English & Maths 76%
Ebacc 64%


Grade 4 is defined as a ‘standard pass’

Grade 5 is defined as a ‘strong pass’

The threshold identified with * is equivalent to the old 5 A*- C measure

The Ebacc consists of English, Mathematics, Science, Geography or History AND a Modern Foreign Language. Not all students had elected to study this particular combination of subjects.

National Comparison

The chart below show how The Folkestone School for Girls compares with national figures for 2016 (latest available national data). Included, for reference is how the school performed last year at equivalent thresholds.

In terms of the new Progress 8 measure, The Folkestone School for Girls can once again claim outstanding success, achieving a P8 score of 0.67 which places us amongst the very best schools in the country as is shown on DfE Performance Tables

This would be a significant achievement in isolation but The Folkestone School for Girls has achieved  ‘well above average’  consistently since the P8 measure was introduced.

2017 Preliminary
0.54  0.51 0.67

A P8 score of 0.67 is equivalent to around two thirds of all GCSEs taken achieving a grade above reasonable expectation 

GCSE Year 10

All students in Year 10 completed GCSE Religious Education this summer and their results are certainly worthy of note.

  • 26% A*
  • 69% A*/A
  • 94% A*/B

Sixth Form

Despite the increased rigour and challenge of the new A Level examinations taken by students this summer and despite the lack of past examination papers to work through to guide revision and preparation we are pleased to report a very pleasing set of results once again this summer. Girls have built, further, on the outstanding progress they have made at GCSE to achieve strongly at A level with almost a quarter of all grades achieved at A*/A and over a half at A*/B.


 Pass Rate  99% 99% 98%
A* - A Grades 18% 19% 23%
A* - B Grades 51% 54% 52%

Students leave the school with an outstanding portfolio of academic qualifications. They are well qualified, well rounded young women and are well equipped for varied, fulfilling careers.

The outstanding results achieved are testament to the hard work of students, the professionalism and dedication of staff, the continuing support of parents and the guidance and direction of governors. They further cement an already enviable reputation, locally and nationally, for delivering consistently outstanding academic results.



The Folkestone School for Girls

Coolinge Lane

Folkestone, Kent

CT20 3RB United Kingdom


Tel: +44 (0) 1303 251125