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Christmas Charity Concert

Turners Schools will be supporting Folkestone Community Swing Band's Christmas Charity Concert on Thursday 15th December 7.30pm - 8.30pm at Folkestone Academy.

Tickets are available from our Eventbrite booking page:

BBC Visit for Pupils

Pupils from Folkestone Academy and Turner Free School have been visited by the BBC to learn more about future career opportunities. The visit came about as part of the BBC’s ‘‘BBC100 Share Your Story’ programme - an initiative launched to celebrate 100 years of the organisation. Read on...

Pupils across all year groups attended lively and interactive assemblies, hosted by BBC Radio and Kiss FM’s Alex Mansuroglu. Pupils heard from two of the BBC’s ambassadors, Charlotte Frazer who is a Researcher for children’s television and Annie Chisambo, a Production Management Assistant for BBC Sport. Both ambassadors talked about their journey from childhood through to the roles that they have now, including the challenges that they have faced and overcome in order to achieve their dream jobs.

Pupils were encouraged to take ownership of their future and to ‘write your own story’, rather than letting someone else write it for you. Annie talked about the challenges of changing career paths after being made redundant and Charlotte spoke about the difficulties of not meeting your parents’ expectations and wanting to veer away from her family’s tradition of working medicine.

Katy Tibbles, Stakeholder and Community Engagement Manager at Turner Schools, said:

“The visit from the BBC was an insightful experience for us all. Annie and Charlotte’s stories were thought provoking and inspirational, and whilst the messages were very serious, the whole event was delivered in a fun and engaging way by the host, Alex.”

Harry, Year 11 pupil, Turner Free School, said:

“I really enjoyed the talks from the BBC ambassadors, it has encouraged me to pursue my goals and made me believe that I can achieve anything if I try hard enough”.

Steve Shaw, Head of School at Folkestone Academy said:

“We always enjoy welcoming external speakers into our school and the BBC was no exception. It’s important that our pupils have the opportunity to hear from people that have a range of experiences and stories to share; each of these encounters plays a part in influencing and shaping their future and encouraging them to be the best that they can in whatever pathway they choose.”

World memory record holder teaches tips to help with their studies

David Thomas, the record-breaking former firefighter, has visited Folkestone Academy and Turner Free School to inspire pupils and share tips and tricks to help them improve their memories to benefit their studies. Mr Thomas is the world memory record holder who successfully memorised and recited the mathematical formula Pi to 22,500 places, making him a Guinness World Record breaker Read on...

Over the two day visit, he coached nearly 2,000 young people on how to train their mind using powerful techniques to improve speed, retention, concentration, and comprehension when studying for exams.

As well as being a world record holder, David is also a World Memory Championships medallist and a Sunday Times bestselling author with his book ‘Tell Me Why Mummy’, which tells his personal story of overcoming adversity.

Katy Tibbles, Community Engagement Manager, Turner Schools, said

“We are always looking to provide unique opportunities for our pupils that develop their learning and motivation both inside and outside the classroom. David’s visit has been an incredible experience for our young people and he has had a huge impact in a short space of time. Pupils came away feeling inspired and believing that they can take control of their future.”

Alfie, Year 9 pupil said:

“It was a great experience listening to David talk. He really inspired me to concentrate on my exams and to think about my future.”

David Thomas said:

“Having been going into schools for the last 25 years, the two Turner Schools in Folkestone have been among the very best that I’ve visited. They have dedicated teachers, students who are willing to learn and engage with an external speaker, and get involved in the process of improving their education. It would be an honour and a privilege to return.”

Notes to Editors

The visit was funded by Strategic Solutions Financial Services, who have offices in Folkestone, as part of their commitment to support local communities. The mission is driven by Strategic Solutions’ Community Foundation, which is chaired by Jeff Steninger. Every year the foundation offers advisers at Strategic Solutions a voluntary scheme to give up part of their gross income to contribute to the fund. This is matched by Strategic Solutions.

To find out more about Strategic Solutions’ Community Foundation and how you can apply, please visit www.ssfs.co.uk/community.

The Turner Schools Trust is deeply saddened by the death of Her Majesty The Queen.

Her decades of loyalty and service to her people, her country and the Commonwealth are unrivalled and was an extraordinary example for us all in serving her community. She was an amazing role model for all at Turner Schools.

She will be greatly missed.

AMAZING GCSE RESULTS FOR OUR YEAR 11 PUPILS

Pupils and staff at Folkestone Academy are celebrating an excellent set of results in this year’s GCSE examinations. Our Y11 pupils have had to endure a very challenging two-year period in which they have experienced considerable disruption to their GCSE and vocational courses. Throughout this time, our pupils have remained positive and resilient; they are to be congratulated on how hard they have worked to achieve the best results possible. We are immensely proud of them. Read on...

We have always known that this year was a ‘transition year’ between 2021 (when assessments were graded directly by schools and colleges) and 2019 (the last year exams took place). This means that overall grades will be about halfway between the two nationally. Whilst year on year comparisons are not possible, we do know that pupils' results across many subject areas have enabled them to access Sixth Form and other level 3 courses and apprenticeships.


Many pupils are celebrating individual success stories having made excellent progress during their time at Folkestone Academy. Amongst a host of year 11 pupils who have attained a number of top grades, the pupils below particularly excelled in the following subjects:

Ivan Miloch (English Language, French and History)

Jochen Lisabeth (ICT and Maths)

Jack Reynolds (English Language and English Literature)

Chloe Straw (Business and ICT)

Vinni Wildey (ICT, HIstory and Science)

Riley-James Harradine (Art and Design and Maths)

Maddison Fisher (History and Science)


Head of School Steve Shaw said “Once again, our pupils have done themselves, their community and our school proud. Seeing our pupils again to celebrate their success was a real pleasure. This particular cohort have been on a rollercoaster ride throughout their GCSE courses and it has been remarkable how they have adapted and applied themselves. They have worked incredibly hard and should celebrate their well-earned results. I would also like to pay tribute to our superb teachers who have worked tirelessly to minimise the impact of Covid-19 by providing pupils with first class support throughout lockdown and upon their return to school.”


Vice Principal Ben Williams added on behalf of the Year 11 pastoral and tutor team “We have been delighted to see so many of our pupils wearing huge smiles, and knowing that their hard work has paid off. The buzz of conversations throughout the school today has been overwhelmingly positive and it is great to hear all the exciting destinations our pupils have planned for next year.”


We would like to wish all of our pupils well for the next phase of their education.

SIXTH FORM SUCCESS WITH A-LEVEL RESULTS

Folkestone Academy students and staff are celebrating an excellent set of results for our Sixth Form students this summer following such a difficult two years. With the return of public exams this year our students’ exceptional motivation and hard work has been a credit to them. We all wish them well as they prepare for the next step in their lives. Read on...

This year is a transition year, grade comparisons between either last year or 2019 are challenging due to the differences in assessment methodology. What we do know is that 100% of our students who applied to university have successfully been placed and all other pupils have planned destinations in training or employment for September.

Some examples of where our students are moving on to include Brad Elliot, who gained two Distinction* and a Distinction, is completing an IT apprenticeship at ADM computing. We are proud of our University applicants who have accepted offers on varied courses including Dylan Spratley, two Distinction* and a Distinction, studying Cyber Security at De Montfort, George Cooper, with two As and a B, and will be studying Psychology at Surrey. Ella Hughes and Sydney Marsh, both who gained three Distinction*, to study Paramedic Science & Criminal Investigation respectively at Christ Church Canterbury and Alameen Lawal with a Distinction* and two Distinctions will be studying Finance at Northampton.

Trust Director of Sixth Form, Hannah Turner said:

“We are thrilled that our pupils have secured excellent results in both A-level and Vocational qualifications and have therefore have such fantastic destinations to go to. This is a product of all their hard work. We are confident that all our pupils are well prepared for their exciting futures ahead and we wish them all the best of luck.”

Turner Schools organises Community Day for thousands of pupils

Pupils from across Folkestone have come together in a series of activities to celebrate and support their local community. More than 2,000 pupils from across Turner Schools spent the day giving back to the people around them in the organisation’s first ever ‘Community Day’. Read on...


Over the course of Community Day, pupils from all year groups spent their time making a positive impact across Folkestone. Different children were given different opportunities to give back to society so that every pupil across Turner Schools was able to participate and do their bit for Folkestone.

Activities included litter picking across the local area, children reading to members of Age UK Folkestone, creating ‘kindness parcels’ for residents of Folkestone care homes, and hosting tea and card games for grandparents and pensioners and much more.

Seamus Murphy, CEO at Turner Schools, said:

“It is so important to us all that pupils are encouraged to be generous members of their community. We wanted to take this day to show them how they can enjoy giving back to those around them and to help them understand the positive impact they can make. We expect our academies to contribute to their communities and across society in general, and to support our young people in becoming kind and open-hearted adults.

“The Community Day was a stunning success, and we are very excited to do this again in the future. We had a real range of different activities taking place and I know our pupils really enjoyed taking this time to make a difference for the wider Folkestone community. Hopefully the pupils’ hard work made a real impact on their community, and everyone across Folkestone enjoyed it as much as we did!”

Katy Tibbles, Stakeholder and Community Engagement Manager, said:

“Community Day has been a fantastic opportunity for our pupils to develop their knowledge and understanding of the wider community and for them to consider ways in which they can become active citizens who make a positive contribution to the town in which they live.”


Year 8 pupil, Folkestone Academy, said:

“I really enjoyed making the gift boxes that we delivered to local houses. I hope they put a smile on everyone’s and brightened up their day.”


Year 4 pupil, Folkestone Primary, said:

"I think it is important to be thankful to our community because they do a lot for us. I’m happy that we could do something nice for other people.”

Turner Schools hosts Creative Arts Exhibition to highlight pupils’ talents

Pupils from across Folkestone have showcased their artistic talents at the second ever Turner Schools Creative Arts Exhibition. In total the exhibition saw more than 1,500 entries from the schools in the trust, with pupils collaborating on a number of projects to make up the finished exhibits. Read on...

In addition to the range of artwork on display, pupils from the three primary schools as well as Sixth Form pupils from Folkestone Academy performed a series of live shows. The Folkestone pupils sang, played the piano, danced and busked throughout the evening. After the performances there were speeches from notable dignitaries followed by prize giving.

Councillor David Monk, Leader of Folkestone & Hythe Council, and Deputy Mayor Councillor Belinda Walker attended the exhibition, along with school governors and other notable figures from across the trust. Councillor Walker and Turner Schools CEO Seamus Murphy presented prizes to the winning pupils.

The theme of this year’s exhibition was ‘We Are Folkestone’. This theme has allowed pupils to examine the town in which they live, looking at the past, present and future and creating a body of work which puts young voices at its heart.

Seamus Murphy, Turner Schools CEO, said:

“I’m incredibly proud of the resilience and strength of character that our pupils have shown throughout the past year. The quality of work that they have continued to produce both in school and via home learning has been fabulous. This exhibition was an opportunity to showcase just some of the talents that they have demonstrated throughout the year. I am especially pleased that we also have the creative scholars showcasing their work this year, a new initiative at Folkestone Academy.”

Michelle Foxwood, Turner Schools Creative Arts Director, said:

“We are not just five institutions working independently to tick off Ofsted criteria, but instead, a united collective invested in the continual regeneration of our town through its most important asset: young individuals who as a community will take us into the future.”

Exhibitions:

  • Superworm is Super-Long by Reception, Year 1 and 2 pupils

  • My Folkestone by Years 3 and 4

  • Folkestone of the Future by Years 5 and 6

  • Objects of Childhood by Years 7

  • Folkestone Year 7 Creative Arts Scholarship display

  • Generation Regeneration by Years 8 and 9

  • GCSE Fine Art by Years 10 and 11

  • GCSE Graphic Communication by Years 10 and 11

  • A-Level Fine Art by Years 12 and 13

  • A-Level Graphic Communication by Years 12 and 13

Shortlisted categories - Prizes presented by Deputy Mayor, Cllr Belinda Walker

  • Best in Reception / Key Stage 1 - won by James in Year 2 Martello Primary

  • Best in Key Stage 2 - won by Libby in Year 5 Morehall Primary

  • Best in Primary - won by Benjamin in Year 3 Martello Primary

  • Best in Key Stage 3 - won by Myrtle in Year 9 Folkestone Academy

  • Best in Key Stage 4 - won by Dailly in Year 11 Folkestone Academy

  • Best in Key Stage 5 - won by Pedro Year 13 Folkestone Academy

  • Best in Secondary - won by Maria Year 7 Folkestone Academy

  • Murphy Prize (Awarded by Seamus Murphy CEO of Turner Schools) won by Claudia in Year 12 Folkestone Academy

Hundreds of Folkestone pupils take part in Primary School Olympics

Hundreds of local primary school pupils have participated in the second Folkestone Academy Primary Schools Olympics. More than 270 10-11 year old pupils from five local schools took part in the sporting event organised by Folkestone Academy in partnership with The Sports Trust, which saw them enjoy a number of sports including Athletics, Cricket, Hockey, Football and Street Dance. Read on...

As in last year’s event, the pupils were supported by coaches from a range of different local clubs. The Hockey matches were supported by the Folkestone Optimists, Athletics by the Folkestone Junior Athletics Club, Cricket and Football by The Sports Trust and the Street Dance event by The Right Step Dance Company.

Pupils took part in all five activities so that they could try sports they may not previously have played during their time at primary school.

Sarah Green, The Sports Trust Project Manager for Schools and Folkestone School Games Organiser, said:

“The Sports Trust is a charity creating inclusive and inspiring environments for people to love sport and exercise. One way we aim to achieve our mission is to connect schools and sports clubs in the Folkestone and Hythe district. Today's Olympic event at the Folkestone Academy is one example of creating these connections while also using the power of sport to support primary school pupils' transition to secondary school.”

“We are very pleased that the day has been a success for the second year in a row and we hope all these year 5 pupils will go onto secondary school next September motivated to maintain their involvement in sport or take up a new sport to support their academic studies.”

Steve Shaw, Head of School at Folkestone Academy, said:

“It was a real pleasure to welcome pupils from so many of our neighbouring schools to Folkestone Academy and to give them the opportunity to compete across a range of different sports. While some of the children had never before tried these sports, they were expertly supported by the fantastic coaches from The Sports Trust and local clubs.

“We have been delighted to host the Folkestone Academy Olympics for the last two years and look forward to continuing to do so. It’s a wonderful opportunity for these young people to experience a range of different activities and we hope will lead to these children taking up new sports in the future.”

The five schools who competed in the Folkestone Primary School Olympics are as follows:

  • Mundella Primary

  • Christ Church CEP Academy

  • St Mary’s CEP Academy

  • Folkestone Primary

  • Castle Hill Community School

Ofsted confirms Folkestone Academy is a Good school

School leaders at Folkestone Academy are today celebrating after Ofsted inspectors have confirmed that they are providing a good quality of education for all. The external inspectors recognised that school leaders are ambitious for all pupils to achieve and that pupils enjoy coming to the school. Read on...

In particular, Ofsted rated leadership and management at Folkestone Academy as Outstanding – the top possible grade - highlighting the work that school leaders and Turner Schools have done to ensure every pupil is able to learn. The report states they have worked “tenaciously to improve the school”, and that they are unwavering in their determination to ensure that pupils are provided with the very best education.

Other key highlights recognised in the report include:

  • Staff have high expectations for pupils’ behaviour and the school is calm and purposeful. Pupils behave well and are respectful to each other, while those who need extra support to manage their behaviour respond well to this. Behaviour in the classroom and around the school is strong, while leaders’ changes to the behaviour systems have significantly reduced the proportion of pupils receiving fixed-term exclusions.

  • School leaders have carefully designed an ambitious curriculum which is well structured to enable pupils to learn to their full potential. This allows pupils to study a broad range of subjects, while teachers’ strong subject knowledge makes learning interesting and engaging. This has led to pupils achieving well across a wide range of subjects.

  • Turner Schools provides high-quality training for all teachers to help them be as effective as possible and staff recognise this. Teachers work closely with each other and with their counterparts across the trust, which helps them reflect on and improve their teaching. Staff agree that they feel very well supported by school leaders and by the trust. Leaders do well to design school policies to make staff workloads manageable.

  • Reading has been recognised as a priority with extra support put in place for those pupils who do struggle here. The school has brought in a phonics-based approach which has been beneficial in supporting weaker pupils, including some who have special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).

  • Pupils with SEND receive high levels of support from staff all levels of the school. They achieve well because school leaders identify their needs accurately and quickly, and then teaching staff use thoughtfully constructed education plans to support them.

  • Turner Schools offers a ‘Turner 25’ programme which provides 25 extra curricula activities for pupils. The Ofsted inspectors recognised the wide range of additional opportunities available, in particular the Year 7 creative arts scholarship programme which offers opportunities such as subsidised trips to dance performances. They also benefit from high-quality careers guidance so that they can make well informed choices about their next steps after Year 11 and Year 13.

  • Pupils feel safe and understand who to speak to if they do have any concerns. The school has introduced an online ‘worry button’ on its website as well as physical ‘worry boxes’ in school where pupils can ask for help anonymously if they do have any concerns. Bullying is uncommon but when it does take place it is effectively dealt with by staff.

  • Turner Schools’ trustees and governors are experienced and highly reflective. They are committed to ensuring the wellbeing of both staff and pupils and are well supported by the trust to make sure this happens. Trustees understand where the school still needs to improve and have plans in place to make sure that happens.

Steven Shaw, Head of School at Folkestone Academy, said:

“We are all thrilled to have Ofsted recognise the great work which takes place here every day by saying we are a Good school. I am constantly impressed by how hard our staff and pupils work and it is fantastic to see the Ofsted inspectors report so positively on everything that we do here. I am very proud of every member of this school community and am looking forward to building on this foundation for the future.”

Seamus Murphy, CEO at Turner Schools, said:

“Congratulations to Steven and his team on this really encouraging report which fairly reflects their hard work and commitment to our children. It is clear to see that everyone at Folkestone Academy is committed to ensuring the best possible education for their pupils, and I am delighted that Ofsted agree we are on the right path to making sure this happens. Well done to all on this fine achievement.”

FOLKESTONE ACADEMY'S ANNUAL MATHS CHALLENGE

Sixteen primary schools from across Folkestone and Hythe have competed for the title of Maths Challenge Champion for the eleventh year. This year saw St Martin’s CofE Primary School take the title, having finished second in the last competition in 2019. Stella Maris Catholic Primary School came in second place, with Palmarsh Primary also making up the top three. Read on...

The challenge took place following a two year hiatus due to the pandemic. Over the course of the all-day event, pupils competed in a range of Maths-based activities including a speed test, murder mystery quiz, code breaking, number crosswords and a relay quiz to finish.

The competition was hosted by Folkestone Academy, and was organised by the Maths Department there, led by Keith Denchfield. In total, a record-breaking sixteen primary schools took part. All pupils went away with a goody bag and certificate.

Keith Denchfield said:

‘I was very impressed with the high abilities of the Year 5 pupils who responded well to a number of challenging questions which really stretched their mathematical minds. I look forward to seeing them here in a few years and working with them to develop their maths skills even further!”

Steve Shaw, Head of School at Folkestone Academy, who presented the winners’ trophy to the St Martin’s CofE Primary School team, said:

“It was wonderful to have so many primary school children in the Academy and to see such a range of activities, with so many pupils clearly enjoying themselves.I am delighted that we were able to host this competition once more after a couple of years of not having it, and am already looking forward to the next one!

“Congratulations in particular to the St Martin’s, Stella Maris and Palmarsh mathematician, and for those primary schools that fell short this time don't worry, there is always next year! Well done to all involved.”

The full list of schools to take part is as follows:

Folkestone Primary, Morehall Primary School, Martello Primary School, Hythe Bay CofE Primary, Castle Hill Community School, Lyminge CofE Primary School, The Churchill School, All Soul’s CofE Primary School, St Eanswythe's CofE Primary, Christ Church CofE Academy, Mundella Primary School, St Augustine’s Catholic Primary School and Selsted CofE Primary School.

Folkestone Academy celebrates £130,000 grant for new Horticulture project

Staff and pupils at Folkestone Academy are celebrating after winning a £134,631 grant for a new Horticulture and Environmental Science (HES) building. The grant was organised by the Friends of Folkestone Academy group and will be used to build a permanent outdoor classroom to complement the school’s existing horticulture provision. Read on...

This outdoor classroom will ensure teaching can take place in all weathers. School leaders plan to use this for Year 10 and Year 11 pupils as part of Folkestone Academy’s alternative education provision, while Key Stage 3 pupils will have one horticultural lesson a week.

The HES building will be designed to industrial agricultural warehouse standards, but with the capacity for classroom growing stations to provide hands-on experience for pupils. Photovoltaic roof installations will enable the classroom to be self-powered to further enhance the building's green credentials as well as demonstrate climate reduction strategies

During school holidays the HES building will be used as a base for horticulture themed holiday clubs for children from disadvantaged backgrounds. These will target children who become more vulnerable during holiday periods and those who are least likely to have access to outdoor space when at home.

Turner Schools also plans for this classroom to provide new opportunities to engage with the local community. An area will be allocated for specific use by community groups such as the local Age UK gardening group, and Turner staff are in discussions with South Kent Mind about delivering wellbeing and mindfulness workshops using this space.

Michael Pearce, at Friends of Folkestone Academy, said:

“We are delighted to work with Folkestone Academy to ensure they receive this grant which will prove transformative to their practical outdoors teaching. This will ensure Folkestone pupils are able to receive high-quality environmental science and horticulture teaching throughout the year as well as offering a hugely valuable community space. Above all this project will be a critical element in Folkestone Academy becoming a flagship ECO school and leading on this educational initiative across the town.

Steve Shaw, Head of School at Folkestone Academy, said:

“The new HES building will prove hugely beneficial to our plans to offer a great range of practical outdoor learning for our pupils. We have employed an experienced horticulturalist as lead teacher and have two experienced teachers currently training. We also see the HES building as a training centre for primary staff from our trust and feeder schools. In the long run we also see the building as a base for L3 provision locally.

“We also see this becoming a flagship building for promoting environmental issues and highlighting careers and progression opportunities in the horticulture and environmental science industries. We are planning to organise a series of talks and workshops led by industry specialists in partnership with external agencies to promote the benefits of this.”

Folkestone Academy Hosts Sell Out Dance Show at Leas Cliff Hall

After two years' delay due to Covid restrictions the Breaking Waves Dance Showcase returned to the Leas Cliff Hall in Folkestone, for its seventh show. Hosted by Folkestone Academy the evening consisted of performances from over 320 young people aged between 4 and 18 from 18 groups from Folkestone, Dover and Canterbury. Read on...

Following the success of previous years, the event was kindly awarded another free day at the Leas Cliff Hall by Folkestone and Hythe District Council, allowing more people from the wider community to attend. All profits raised from the show were donated to Academy FM Folkestone, a charity radio station working with people in the local community.

There are also performances by pupils from five primary schools: Folkestone Primary; Martello Primary, Folkestone; Morehall Primary, Folkestone; St Eanswythe’s CE Primary, Folkestone and Sibertswold Primary, Shepherdwell in Dover. Finally, seven dance schools including Instep Dance Company, Studio Six, Julia’s School, KDanceStudio, Tahmineh School of Dance, Chloe Scott and Beddow Academy, Dover.

Patricia Cullen, Head of Dance at the Academy, has been organising the event over the past six months working with schools from all over East Kent. The evening combined a variety of genres of dance including jazz, ballet, urban, commercial, lyrical and contemporary. This was a collaborative event with performances from secondary school performers from Folkestone Academy; Turner Free School; Brockhill Performing Arts College, Hythe; Spires Academy, Canterbury; Astor College, Dover and The Duke of York's Royal Military School, Dover.

Daniel, aged 7, who performed in the showcase, said:

“I kept thinking there was so many people as I looked out into the audience, I was really excited dancing on stage for the first time.”

Patricia Cullen said:

“I am absolutely thrilled that we were able to give these young people the chance to perform live to an audience in such a wonderful theatre. Seeing the dancers beaming with pride as they exited the stage was so emotional for me and is something I will never forget.

“All of the groups, from newly-formed groups to established companies, delivered performances of such a high standard. Having more than 300 dancers perform to a sell-out audience was an incredible sight, and I loved watching them showcase their talents across a range of styles. It was particularly special for me as my new dance school ‘Tahmineh School of Dance’ took part, as well as my oldest son Daniel.

“Having taught at Folkestone Academy for 12 years now I have seen Breaking Waves grow each year, with this year’s event the biggest to date. Thank you to everyone that took part, from the teachers who choreographed brilliant pieces to the dancers who took to the stage with confidence to showcase their talent.

“I am so proud of everyone who took part in the showcase. The talent was exceptional and the atmosphere in the room was amazing.”

Award winning actress Jessica Hynes on judging panel for school talent celebration

Pupils from across Turner Schools had the chance to wow their peers at the first annual Turner’s Got Talent showcase at Folkestone Academy. In total, ten acts from across the trust performed their acts, including musicians, dancers, singers, and gymnasts. The ten finalists were given the chance to compete after each school held its own heats with more than 170 pupils across Turner Schools participating and showcasing their talent. Read on...

During the final showcase prizes were awarded by a panel of judges including renowned actress Jessica Hynes, Seamus Murphy, CEO of Turner Schools, Krissy Yates, Principal at Turner Free School and Local Councillor Jackie Meade.

The Turner’s Got Talent crown was taken by winners Holly, Peter, Zach and Josh from Folkestone Academy who performed ‘Come as you are’ by Nirvana.

In addition to the grand prize, Adela from Morehall Primary School was named Best in Primary for her cello performance of Spring Song by Frank Bridge, while Isabelle from Turner Free School won Best in Secondary for singing ‘Traitor’ by Olivia Rodrigo and Sienna from Martello Primary won The Murphy Prize, a prize that recognises potential talent in the future, for her rendition of ‘Try Everything’ by Shakira.

Holly, Year 9 Folkestone Academy pupil, from the winning band, said:

“I was very happy to win this great prize! We rehearsed this song for a couple of months and it’s nice to see that our hard work paid off. We have named our trophy ‘Benny’.”

Jessica Hynes said:

“Well done to all the performers, there was a fantastic amount of talent on the stage. We chose the winners because they showed incredible talent, dedication and amazing potential. We all agreed they had a kind of magic and an alchemy of fantastic performance skill. I really hope they go on and keep doing it because they really have got something.”

She continued: “Nothing is impossible, it’s really important thinking about performance and the Arts it sometimes seems unreachable. It isn’t! All you need is talent, focus, dedication and to keep on working. Any dream, no dream is too big.”

Seamus Murphy, CEO at Turner Schools, said:

“Congratulations to Holly, Peter, Zach and Josh on being named winners of the Turner’s Got Talent competition, and to every single one of our performers for their hard work. The competition was a resounding success and really highlighted the depth of talent across Turner Schools, which was absolutely fantastic to see. I’m sure these pupils will continue to showcase their skills over the coming years and I look forward to watching them do so.”

Folkestone pupils mark Queen’s Jubilee with tree-planting ceremony

Pupils across Folkestone have marked the Queen’s Jubilee by planting trees in celebration. Pupils at Martello Primary School, Morehall Primary School, Folkestone Primary, Folkestone Academy and Turner Free School planted a tree outside the school buildings as part of a national campaign of celebration. Read on...

The initiative, organised by The Queen’s Canopy, calls for schools to get involved and celebrate their outside spaces. In total more than one million trees have been planted in celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. The project is a unique tree planting initiative and invites people from across the country to plant their own trees to celebrate this historic milestone.

The Turner Schools team sourced their trees through Kent Historical Trees from Brogdale Collections, planting five trees, including two cherries, two acers and one ornamental plum in total. The pupils were also warded a commemorative plaque by the Queen’s Canopy initiative in honour of their efforts.

This is just the latest action by Turner Schools pupils to raise awareness of climate change and to look at how they can be more environmentally responsible. Pupils at Folkestone Primary and Martello Primary School have formed an Eco Council to look at addressing the school’s environmental impact, while their peers at Morehall Primary voted for Eco Champions to represent them and to decide which eco-friendly projects they should implement.

Cayden Collins, newly appointed Head Boy at Folkestone Academy Sixth Form, said:

“I feel very privileged to be a part of the tree planting at Folkestone Academy. The Year 7 pupils that accompanied the Head Girl and myself will get to watch the tree grow during their time at the Academy. I’m looking forward to coming back in years to come and seeing the progress the tree has made, knowing that I was a part of its beginning.”

Seamus Murphy, CEO of Turner Schools, said: DRAFT

“It’s fantastic to see our pupils are so keen to find out more about nature and the joys of spending time outside. They are really environmentally conscious and are so keen on doing what they can to raise awareness of climate change and to make a positive impact on the natural world around them.

“The Queen’s Canopy initiative is a fantastic means of getting schoolchildren out in the fresh air and to highlight the great wellbeing benefits of spending time with nature. These trees will form a lasting monument to this historic milestone.”

Schools celebrate their community through ‘Folkestone Talks’

Care 4 Calais, Kent Police and the Napier Barracks are just some of the guests invited in to meet pupils of Turner Schools during their month-long ‘Folkestone Talks’ - a Trust-wide celebration of the people who make up their local community. Read on...

The initiative, which is running throughout March, is a wonderful opportunity for pupils to meet people who live or work in the town and to benefit from the stories, backgrounds and experiences that they can share. It aims to:

  • Celebrate Folkestone’s diversity;

  • Encourage pupils to feel proud of their town;

  • Promote empathy and cultural awareness;

  • Prepare pupils for life in a modern world.

Over 70 members of the community have committed to participating, including representatives from the Nepalese and Roma communities; various churches and religious groups; councillors from the town and district council; and the Rotary Club. The events are run in a ‘speed networking’ style where small groups of pupils spend 10 minutes with each guest before moving on to the next person. So far, events have been held at Turner Free School, Morehall Primary and Martello Primary, with dates set for Folkestone Academy and Folkestone Primary later on in the month. By the end of the series, over 900 pupils will have participated in the events.

Katy Tibbles, Community Engagement Manager, Turner Schools, said: “I’ve been overwhelmed by the support that’s been shown by the community towards these events. It’s a fantastic way for our pupils to meet the wide variety of people that play a part in the town and who help to make Folkestone a great place to live and work. At Turner Schools, it’s part of our mission to strengthen communities and I feel that these events have been successful in doing that.”

Haydee Blaskett, Environmental Enforcement Officer, Folkestone and Hythe District Council, said: “We thoroughly enjoyed the morning and would like to say how wonderful and polite all the children were. They were really engaged and were asking some brilliant questions that were really relevant to our role and about the town.”

Mick Cronin, Community Liaison Officer, Kent Police, said: “I’ve very much enjoyed taking part in the Folkestone Talks events across the Turner Schools. It’s been a great opportunity to bring together different groups from the community and to celebrate the diversity that exists in the town. Initiatives such as these play an important part in developing community cohesion.”

Noah (Year 4, Morehall) said: “I really enjoyed meeting lots of new people and finding out about their lives, feelings and jobs”.

Parent (Turner Free School) said: “As a parent I would like to thank you as a school for not only helping to shape my daughters academic future but also herself as a person with activities like this. “

Care for Ukraine

Pupils, staff and parents across the family of five Turner Schools came together to show their ‘Care for Ukraine’ in a charity appeal last week. During the initiative, which ran from Monday 7 March, the communities of Folkestone Academy, Folkestone Primary, Martello Primary, Morehall Primary and Turner Free School collected food, toiletries and other essential items to be transported to the people of Ukraine in their hour of need. Read on...

Items donated included: first aid products, baby milk, hygiene products, sanitary products, instant soup sachets and paper plates. And now, the Trust has made a link with Folkestone’s BigJigs Toys, who are organising and the sorting items before they are transported by Freight 44, another local, haulage, business in the area.

Following on from this appeal, Folkestone Academy also held a ‘Wear Something Blue or Yellow Day’, a cake sale and Ukraine ribbon sale, which together raised just over £600 in total. The funds will be donated to the British Red Cross appeal.

Seamus Murphy, CEO, Turner Schools, said: “Like many others up and down the country, our school communities have been touched by the crisis in Ukraine and we have felt compelled to act in support. Everyone has rallied around, including pupils from Folkestone Academy, who have volunteered during lunchtimes to help the team at BigJigs sort through the donated items. We teach our pupils the value of charity, community and compassion - it has been humbling to see them enact those values, and show their care for Ukraine, over this past week. We hope this will help in some small way.”

Academy Pupils Raise Money for Make a Wish Foundation

Year 8 pupils at Folkestone Academy have used their design skills to raise hundreds of pounds for the Make a Wish Foundation. The pupils raised £270.71 for the charity by designing and creating a range of tie-dye tote bags and selling them to family, friends, and staff members across the school. Read on...

The 12 and 13-year-olds, along with their tutor Miss Diwell, came up with the idea as part of a form tutor class charity initiative. After designing and creating the bags, the pupils sent information around the school and their homes so that parents, staff and other pupils could purchase them from the Reception Desk at Folkestone Academy.

In addition to their tie-dye colour scheme the bags also featured images chosen by the pupils to reinforce their belief in safeguarding the environment and raising awareness of pollution. The reusable bags are designed to replace single-use plastic bags and help keep Folkestone green.

Nathaniel, one of the Year 8 pupils, said:

“We are so proud of how hard we all worked to make the tote bags and also how much money we raised for the Make A Wish charity.”

Miss Diwell said:

“I am so impressed with the dedication by the pupils when making their tote bags for Make A Wish. They did everything from designing the artwork, dying the fabric, ironing each bag and setting up a stall to sell the tote bag. The pupils really admire all the amazing work Make A Wish Foundation does to help other children and hope that their donation can contribute to that.”

Cadets Selected for Prestigious Training Course

Captain Baynes and the rest of the CCF staff would like to say a huge congratulations to three lucky Cadets. R Denne, A Elliot and J Franks have been selected for the Senior Cadet Instructors Cadre (SCIC).

The SCIC is a leadership course run externally by the local training Brigade. On this course they will be assessed on their ability to teach other Cadets from all over the country. They will also develop great leadership skills, as well as the skills needed to camp out for 24 hours.

It is a huge honour to be selected for this course and they will gain essential skills that will help them for the rest of their lives.

We are so proud of their high achievements.

Folkestone Academy chefs team up with the Royal Navy

Selected Year 10 and 11 Catering pupils at Folkestone Academy have been given the chance to see the skills and experiences on offer from a life at sea. The pupils welcomed representatives from the Royal Navy Chefs Display team to school for a series of workshops to showcase the variety of careers on offer in the Navy. Read on...

The Navy representatives explained that there are more than 100 roles on offer across the service with 9 branch specialties, including Aviation, Engineering, Logistics, Warfare and Medical. They also spoke of the benefits of joining the Navy, the opportunities for lifelong learning and training including the chance to gain NVQs and formal Apprenticeships.

After the careers presentation the Folkestone pupils had the chance to take part in a Ready Steady Cook style task where they were challenged to prepare a meal within a set time limit using their Catering skills. The Navy officers oversaw the challenge and spoke about the similarities to their own roles where they’ll have to prepare meals within strict timeframes, as well as their own life experiences since joining up.

The visit highlighted the challenges of working in the Navy across a variety of roles and linked the pupils’ work on their Catering course to what experienced naval personnel have to do on a regular basis.

Year 11 Ethan said

"I really enjoyed the cooking lesson. It was interesting to hear about the different jobs in the Navy."

Year 11 Amelia said

"The lesson has made me think about exploring a job catering within the Navy."

Steve Shaw, Head of School at Folkestone Academy, said:

“Thank you to the Royal Navy Chefs Display team for taking the time to come into school and show off their catering skills to our pupils. It was a really interesting and engaging session which highlighted how the lessons learned in their kitchen can be used in the real world and in such a variety of different roles. It’s given our pupils a better understanding of the possible careers out there for them after they leave school, which is so important as they come to the end of their time here.”

Turner Schools Christmas Concert 2021

Pupils from Folkestone Academy, Folkestone Primary, Martello Primary, Morehall Primary and Turner Free School perform in our first Turner Schools Christmas Concert.

Year 11 After School Intervention Sessions

Year 11 pupils are invited to join teachers for revision sessions after school in preparations for their GCSE examinations.

Local Rotary Club Young Chef Competition

A Folkestone Academy pupil has won the Folkestone, Hythe and Romney Marsh round of this year’s Rotary Young Chef competition, which took place on Thursday 18th November. Read on...

The winner was 16-year-old Isabel Keutenius, who prepared a seafood and chicken paella. She received a cash prize, a cookery book and a certificate, presented by the president of the Rotary Club of Folkestone, Kate McNeice.

The competition was judged by three local hotel chefs on the taste and presentation of their dishes as well as the costs, planning, healthy choices and range of skills used. They had an hour to show correct use of knives and equipment, neatness of their work area and hygiene, as well as producing two plates of food on time and at a good temperature.

Supported by the Hospitality and Catering Department staff at Folkestone Academy, Isabel will now go forward to the District round of the competition early next year.

Isabel comments: “I was very surprised to hear that I had won the Young Chef award as everyone who participated did such an amazing job. I am so thankful for my Teachers support and for this fantastic opportunity.”

Folkestone Pupils Take Part in Diversity and Inclusion Week

School leaders across Turner Schools have worked together to launch a trust-wide Diversity and Inclusion week. Pupils in all year groups across all five schools took part in a range of activities throughout the week including subject specific lessons, workshops and presentations from a range of guest speakers. Read on...

The aim of the week was to broaden pupils’ awareness of what is meant by diversity and inclusion; to encourage pupils to develop a greater sense of empathy and understanding towards those who are different to themselves; and to gain an appreciation for the diverse community in which we live.

Events included:

  • Neurodiversity workshops with The Young Animators Club - Pupils participated in workshops on the concept of neurodiversity and how it feels to be neurodiverse, before producing animations to reflect their thoughts.

  • Anti-racism workshops with Books for Change - Pupils actively engaged in workshops delivered by Books for Change where they talked about the impact of racism and the importance of treating people equally.

  • Mark Parrin (Ambassador at Wordly Wise) - Mark delivered assemblies to Year 10 pupils at Folkestone Academy and Turner Free School, sharing his story of how he became paralysed in his mid-twenties, and how having a positive attitude has helped him to live a full and rewarding life. He went on to talk about the work he does now to support other people living with disabilities.

  • Mr Lea Baynes, teacher at Folkestone Academy - Delivered assemblies at all schools about his experience of being transgender., speaking openly and honestly about the challenges he faced as a teenager and the struggles of trying to ‘fit in’ before realising that he was transgender.

  • Folkestone and Hythe District Council - Deputy Leader Cllr Jenny Hollingsbee and other Council representatives spoke to pupils about diversity in the workplace, looking at the 9 protected characteristics and why having a diverse body of employees makes the workplace a more successful and happier environment.

  • Hearing impairment specialists from Kent Supported Employment - Helped pupils to understand what it’s like to be hearing impaired and what they can do to support members of the community with these needs.

  • Storytime with Dita the Drag Queen - To end the week, pupils spent the day with Dita the Drag Queen, reading stories about gender differences, using appropriate pronouns, and inclusive language. They got to know Dita, asked them questions, enquired about their job, their life, their own experiences at school, and learned exactly what it looks like when somebody, who may initially appear different in some way, is happy and confident and able to express themselves however they see fit.

A Year 7 pupil from Folkestone Academy said:

“This week I have learnt to be more respectful and considerate of other people's feelings. We should celebrate the differences between us; no one should experience discrimination.”

Seamus Murphy, CEO at Turner Schools, said:

“As a trust we embrace the diverse culture in which we live and we want our pupils to grow up having confidence in themselves, no matter what their situation may be. This week, pupils have had the opportunity to explore a wide range of issues and have heard first hand from people with diverse backgrounds. Pupils from all age ranges have approached the week with interest and maturity and I know that they have gained a huge amount from these experiences.”

Katy Tibbles, Community Engagement Manager at Turner Schools, said:

“It has been a privilege to work with such a diverse group of people throughout the week. I am incredibly grateful for the contributions made by members of the wider community and the stories that they have shared with us.”

My First Day

We hear from our Year 7 who talk about their first day at the Academy.

Folkestone pupils participate at Primary School Olympics

Pupils from across Folkestone have participated in their own Primary School Olympics, organised by Folkestone Academy in partnership with Shepway Sports Trust. More than 280 Year 6 pupils from seven primary schools across Folkestone took part in the event, which saw the pupils participating in five separate sports. Read on....

The children were supported by coaches from a number of different local clubs. Over the course of the event they took part in skateboarding with coaches from Shepway Sports Trust, athletics with coaches from Folkestone Junior Athletics Club, hockey with coaches from Folkestone Optimist Hockey Club, football with coaches from Gillingham Women Football Club and boxing with coaches from Olympia Boxing.

In addition the schools welcomed Megan Maslak from the Gillingham Women Football Club, the top Kent women’s team. Megan supported pupils during the morning’s football activities and passed on her expertise of playing at a top level.

The Olympics were particularly important in supporting pupils to be active after the lockdowns, and to help them realise the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. For many pupils it was also the first school trip they had been on in more than 18 months.

Sarah Green, School Games Organiser​, said:

“Here at the Folkestone Academy we believe sport is a vehicle for change and a tool to improve quality of life. This event is a perfect example of the new School Games ethos of influencing schools to use sport and physical activity to achieve wider school outcomes. This event, although a lot of fun on the surface, has supported the current year 6 pupils to start thinking about their transition from primary to secondary school which have been so limited for the past 2 Year 6 cohorts due to the pandemic.”

Steve Shaw, Head of School at Folkestone Academy, said:

"We were delighted to welcome so many Year 6 pupils to Folkestone Academy, and to offer them the opportunity to experience the real variety of sports that we offer here. Some of the pupils had never experienced these sports before, and it was a real pleasure to watch them be so positive in trying new things.

“Thank you to Shepway Sports Trust and all the coaches involved for their hard work. They really made the day one to remember for so many of these young people, who we hope will be inspired to pursue more of these sports in the future.”

Early Finish to School Day

Dear Parents, Carers

Thursday 30th September is Open Evening for prospective Year 7 pupils. To allow for the school to prepare for this the Academy will be closing early to pupils that day with a 2pm dismissal.

If you would like to attend the Open Evening and have a Year 6 pupil visit here: Open Events

DfE Covid 19 Guidance

Please take some time to read the DfE Covid 19 guidance for parents/carers. (Click Gov.uk link)

Our school has updated our Covid 19 risk assessment to reflect the changes made in July.

Turner Schools pupils combine stage fighting with French lessons as part of summer activity plans

Published: August 2021

Pupils preparing to join Turner Free School and Folkestone Academy this September first had the opportunity to experience life at their new schools by practising French while learning stage fighting in drama workshop with a twist. Read on....

Working with the Freshwater Theatre Company, Year 6 children going into Year 7 at both schools took part in a drama workshop with a Modern Foreign Languages theme, working with a specialist language performer as they recreate the dramatic opening of the novel, Les Trois Mousquetaires. In the workshop, French and English are woven seamlessly together to ensure pupils follow the action and develop their dramatic skills along with their language abilities.

In addition to the drama workshop, both schools prepared a full range of summer activities, including canoeing, escape rooms, screen printing, skateboarding, boxing, hockey and other sports. In total, more than 150 pupils from each school attended the summer schools.

The workshop is part of Turner Free School’s plans for drama to form a key part of their curriculum, following their work with a Shakespeare company during the last term.

Krissy Yates, Principal at Turner Free School, said:

“I felt it was important to run a drama activity to boost pupils’ confidence and help develop their oracy skills as they move into their secondary education. At Turner Free School we have a real focus on languages, so we saw it as such a great opportunity to work with the Freshwater Theatre Company, who have expertly combined these two elements through their workshop. This way the pupils will get a taste of life at their new schools, have a head start on their languages, and will get to develop their confidence with their new classmates ahead of the beginning of term in September.”

ITV Meridian News Feature - GCSE Results day

Published: Thursday 12th August

Folkestone Academy featured on ITV Meridian News on GCSE Results Day...

ITV Meridian News Feature - GCSEs 2021.mp4

Summer School 2021

Our new Year 7 pupils had a fantastic week during their Summer School.

Turner Schools Tackles Litter: Folkestone pupils on a mission to clean up the streets

Published: July 2021

Over 300 pupils from across Turner Schools have taken to the streets of Folkestone to collect rubbish and waste from around the town. Pupils of all ages from Folkestone Academy, Turner Free School, Morehall Primary, Martello Primary and Folkestone Primary donned their hi-vis jackets and walked the streets surrounding their schools. Read on....

Their goal was to protect the the environment and make their local community a greener place to live. Over the course of the week pupils collected more than 25 bags of rubbish. Each school now has its own set of litter picking equipment and pupils will be seen regularly around the streets of Folkestone as they help keep the streets clean.

Ryder, Year 9 from Turner Free School said

“I was really surprised to see how much rubbish there actually was. I don’t think you realise until you make a conscious effort to look for it. I think it’s really important that we take care of where we live, not just because of the environment but also because it looks nicer if there’s not litter everywhere.”

Am’e Moris, Principal of Morehall Primary, said:

“I was very proud to see our pupils head out onto the streets of Folkestone and do their bit for the community. I know that they are much more aware now of how much rubbish there is on our streets and will be more conscientious about how they dispose of their own litter.”

Hayden, Year 6 pupil at Martello Primary, said:

"It was exciting because we got to help the earth and also the local community to ensure that it is clean and tidy!"

Adam, Year 6 pupil at Martello Primary, said:

"It was fun to be able to walk around Folkestone Knowing that we were doing something good!"

Turner Pupils work to Bee Amazing for environmental project

Published: July 2021

Over the past two months, pupils at all five Turner Schools have worked on an environmental project designed to support the natural world around them. Pupils worked alongside their facilities teams to prepare the ground at each school so that seeds and flowers could be planted, in a bid to help the country’s struggling bee population. Read on....

The project came about after pupils learned about bees and their importance to the environment. Pollinators, such as bees and butterflies, are essential to the environment and, whilst there are other methods of pollination, wild bees are the most important because they pollinate on such a large scale. It is estimated that it would cost farmers £1.8 million per year to fertilise their crops if it wasn’t for natural pollinators such as bees! Despite this, over recent years, colonies of bees are disappearing and they continue to be under threat due to the loss of habit, use of pesticides and climate change.

Whilst most pupils had an awareness of the role that bees play in pollination, many of them had not realised quite how important this is for the environment and future of the planet. Equipped with a greater understanding of the impact on the environment and climate change, the pupils were all keen to create more opportunities for bees to gather pollen, so it was agreed that each school would establish its own wild bee flower patch.

The pupils really enjoyed the project and felt that it gave them a much better understanding of the environment in which they live. They were also very grateful to Folkestone Garden Centre, County Hardware, and W Martin Ltd for donating seeds and plants for the project.

Megan, a year 7 student at Folkestone Academy, said:

“It was lots of fun learning about bees and there were lots of facts that I didn’t know. I think it’s really important that we think about the environment and how we help look after it. I’m glad that I have done my bit to help.”

Louise Feaver, Principal at Folkestone Academy Primary, said:

“As a Trust, we’re very much aware of the role that our schools and pupils play in protecting the environment and so we thought it important that the schools came together to work on this project. We’re pleased to have shared resources and ideas, and ultimately to have established an area in each of our schools where wild flowers can grow.”

Folkestone Academy Pupils Receive New Chromebooks

Published: July 2021

Every Year 7 pupil at Folkestone Academy given brand new Chromebook by Friends of Folkestone Academy Charity


An initiative set up by Folkestone Academy to ensure that every child in the school is given a Chromebook to aid digital learning inside the classroom and support homework has been launched with the support of the local charity Friends of Folkestone Academy. Read on....

The 1 to 1 Device Scheme was launched in June with over 150 Chromebooks distributed to current Year 7 pupils. The scheme was kick started by Friends of Folkestone Academy, who paid for every new Year 7 student to have a device to use during their time at the academy.

Each department has now integrated the Chromebooks into their teaching, including testing pupils’ learning and understanding through quizzes, viewing resources online to make it clearer to read, or accessing specialised apps like Bedrock Learning to practise core skills. Pupils will also have access to an online library systems allowing them to reserve books, access digital books and leave reviews on books they have read for other pupils.

The academy now plans to roll out Chromebooks to every year group from September 2021. This will be supplemented by a Google Hub within the academy which will provide support with access and technical issues, charging points, training, and repairs.

The scheme was led by Cerys Walker, Folkestone Academy’s Google Champion, who worked closely with teachers and pupils to ensure the integration of digital teaching was successful.

Cerys Walker said:

“Introducing technology to the classroom has been an exciting project that both teachers and pupils have thoroughly enjoyed. It is wonderful to see the Chromebooks in lessons with all pupils deeply engaged in learning activities which enable teachers to clearly and quickly see the pupils' understanding. Providing the pupils with Chromebooks has also enabled all pupils to easily access their learning both at home and it develops our pupils’ skills to prepare them for the increasingly digital world we live in.”

Charlie Henderson, Year 7 pupil, said:

“I really like my Chromebook, it’s really helped me with my homework as all my lessons are in one place so it’s easy to find.

Clemmy Griffin, Year 7 pupil, said:

“I’ve most enjoyed using my Chromebook to practise my times tables on TT Rock Stars. It is easy to access and means I can use it at home as well to help finish my homework.”

Mrs Thomas, a Year 7 parent, said:

“My daughter is very happy using the Chromebook in class and has not had any problems with it during lessons, as for at home she is more willing to come straight home and do her homework which I'm very pleased with.”

Mr Steve Shaw, Head of School at Folkestone Academy, said:

“Thank you to Friends of Folkestone Academy for their incredibly generous donation which has ensured Year 7 pupils were able to receive a Chromebook. These have already proved so useful in helping these pupils learn and it’s been fantastic to see how quickly our teachers have integrated these into their lessons. Our next aim is to give a device to every pupil at the academy to make sure everyone has the tools they need to thrive and learn at both school and home.”

International Dance Day 2021

Date: Thursday 29th April

Pupils and staff celebrate International Dance Day. Take a look at some of the videos we created

Listen to Mrs Cullen talk about the history of Dance and the numerous benefits Dance has on us.

We celebrate with a Throwback Thursday with our very own Mrs Cullen who toured internationally with Map Dance Company as part of her Masters at Chichester University.

Why not learn a Salsa routine with Mrs Cullen

Letter From Kent Police

Date: Wednesday 17th March

Please read letter below from Kent Police supported by Folkestone & Hythe District Community Safety Partnership

National Careers Week

National Careers Week runs from Monday 1st to Saturday 6th March 2021 and aims to promote the importance of good careers education in schools and colleges. This year is the 10th anniversary of National Careers Week.

Here at Folkestone Academy students will have a series of career assemblies and will also learn how their curriculum learning links with careers during National Careers Week.

As part of this celebration of careers a number of staff at Folkestone Academy have agreed to share their career journeys which gives pupils insight into how careers change over time.

Visit: https://ncw2021.co.uk


Channel 5 news feature - RETURNING TO SCHOOL

Published: Monday 22nd February

Folkestone Academy and Folkestone Primary featured on Channel 5 News regarding pupils returning to school on March 8th.

Folkestone Academy Channel 5 News.mp4

Home Learning Challenges Celebration

Published: Monday 25th January

Take a look at some of the amazing work from the home learning challenges completed by pupils from Folkestone Academy and Turner Free School last week. Challenges included drawing a butterfly, creating a collage showing with the colour yellow means to you, creating a piece of art for Winnie the Pooh Day, a penguin piece and building a tower.

Turner Schools pupils combine stage fighting with French lessons as part of summer activity plans

Published: August 2021

Pupils preparing to join Turner Free School and Folkestone Academy this September first had the opportunity to experience life at their new schools by practising French while learning stage fighting in drama workshop with a twist. Read on....

Working with the Freshwater Theatre Company, Year 6 children going into Year 7 at both schools took part in a drama workshop with a Modern Foreign Languages theme, working with a specialist language performer as they recreate the dramatic opening of the novel, Les Trois Mousquetaires. In the workshop, French and English are woven seamlessly together to ensure pupils follow the action and develop their dramatic skills along with their language abilities.

In addition to the drama workshop, both schools prepared a full range of summer activities, including canoeing, escape rooms, screen printing, skateboarding, boxing, hockey and other sports. In total, more than 150 pupils from each school attended the summer schools.

The workshop is part of Turner Free School’s plans for drama to form a key part of their curriculum, following their work with a Shakespeare company during the last term.

Krissy Yates, Principal at Turner Free School, said:

“I felt it was important to run a drama activity to boost pupils’ confidence and help develop their oracy skills as they move into their secondary education. At Turner Free School we have a real focus on languages, so we saw it as such a great opportunity to work with the Freshwater Theatre Company, who have expertly combined these two elements through their workshop. This way the pupils will get a taste of life at their new schools, have a head start on their languages, and will get to develop their confidence with their new classmates ahead of the beginning of term in September.”