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Folkestone Academy Ethos, Values & Qualities

Ethos, Values & Qualities

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 pupils which has led to, amongst other things, more than 500 pupils going on to university, almost every one the first generation of their family to do so.


 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 pupils 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.