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Folkestone Academy Ethos, Values & Qualities

Ethos, Values & Qualities

At Folkestone Academy we care for children from cradle to career, from 2 through to 19, and we support them at every stage of their development and learning. Our overarching ethos is to give every child “The knowledge to succeed and skills to lead.” And this underlies everything we do.

The Academy refreshed its values as it entered its second decade in 2018 to affirm its commitment to putting learning first while staying true to its founding principle that whatever the aspiration, however unlikely it might seem, we would work tirelessly with that young person to bring it closer to reality.

It is this ambition for our students which has led to, amongst other things, more than 500 students going on to university, almost every one the first generation of their family to do so.

Primary Phase

At Folkestone Academy Primary, we ensure our school has an atmosphere of purpose and to be alive with learning.  It is a place where the confidence and self-esteem of our children is key, where they are excited by learning and develop an understanding of themselves as learners.  We are a caring community with a committed team who role model high expectations of learning and behavior: children come to our school to be happy and successful.

Secondary and Sixth Form Phase


 At Folkestone Academy we believe our purpose is to provide the young people we serve with a powerful education. 

This education will foster ambitious students who have the confidence to succeed academically and to go on to live fulfilled, successful lives.

 We believe that a knowledge-led curriculum delivered by research-engaged, dedicated practitioners is the catalyst necessary to achieve this purpose. 

 Essential to this purpose is our shared commitment to our values:









We aim for all members of our Academy community to be:

Confident in their ability and their future. Our students will be able to engage with learning, be inquisitive, eager to participate and keen to lead. They will be confident and regular readers, able to articulate themselves clearly in written and spoken word. They will have respect for themselves, each other, the wider community and the environment. They will be broad-minded, tolerant, compassionate and humble.

Ambitious with a sense of purpose and a vision for their futures. They will have their horizons broadened and aspirations raised, seeing a world of unlimited opportunities where barriers, real and artificial, can be broken down through the power of education.

Successful by achieving qualifications to match their ambition. They will have developed a love of life-long learning, will be socially and culturally aware of the world around them and will have gained the knowledge and developed the skills to play a leading role in this regenerating coastal community.