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Overview & Background

Welcome to The Folkestone Academy

We opened in September 2007 as an Independent Academy maintained by state funding. We are a comprehensive school serving students aged 11-19 from the East Folkestone area.

I do hope you enjoy touring the different areas.  Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information.

Andrew Milliken

Head of School

An Introduction

The Folkestone Academy is sponsored by Sir Roger De Haan, and by Kings School Canterbury, one of the country’s leading independent schools. It is also strongly supported by Kent County Council whose strategy to transform education in the region has led to its active involvement in the Academies programme. Kent University and Canterbury Christ Church University are represented on the Board of Trustees.

Designed by international award-winning architects Foster and Partners, the Academy buildings are amongst the finest in the country. The design provides a state of the art learning environment at the heart of which are eight house blocks. These are the focus of the very high quality care and support for students to which the sponsors are committed.

Centre of Excellence

The Academy specialises in Art, Media and European Culture and has been identified by Kent County Council as its Centre of Excellence in Media and the Creative Arts.

University of Kent Partner School

The Folkestone Academy is a University of Kent partner school. The University is working with the school to raise the aspirations of students and encourage them to consider the benefits of higher education. Each year the school will award Partner Scholarships, worth £1000pa, to two students who take up places at the University of Kent.

For further information on the partner school scheme and partner scholarships please go to: