‘..consideration must be given to the question, what constitutes education and what is the proper way to be educated? At present there are differences of opinion as to the proper tasks to be set; for all peoples do not agree as to the things that the young ought to learn, either with a view to virtue or with a view to the best life, nor is it clear whether their studies should be regulated more with regard to intellect or with regard to character’  

- Aristotle         

Arguably the most important aim of education is personal empowerment – enabling our students to take control of their own lives and to shape their own futures. Education is, though, also about passing on ‘the best of what has been thought and is known in the world’ from one generation to the next. We also must prepare our girls to become good people; good friends and good neighbours, good colleagues, good parents. Good Citizens. Education is also inextricably linked to economic prosperity and preparing students for the world of work too must be carefully considered. 

The Folkestone School for Girls has a long established and enviable reputation of delivering outstanding academic results. However, in response to the questions posed by Aristotle all those years ago, we believe that education must maintain a balance between intellect and character. An outstanding education is not either/or. It is both. 

Students therefore do not complete an inordinate amount of qualifications as a matter of course. We subscribe to a ‘quality, not quantity’ rationale. Instead students at FSG complete what we believe to be a sensible number of qualifications. This allows students time to focus efforts on achieving the very best grades within these but also time to participate in extra-curricular activities and interests – both at school and at home, and additionally, time to spend with friends and family. A justifiable balance between intellect and character

Our curriculum aims to provide

  • 8 to 10 good GCSEs at A* to B grades
  • 3 or 4 good A levels in mainstream academic subjects
  • Work experience/internship placements to develop awareness of the world of work and key skills
  • Community service to develop and demonstrate character
  • Art, Drama, Music, Sport etc for breadth and balance as well as for their intrinsic value

And after 7 years, happy, well-qualified and well-rounded young women prepared for varied and fulfilling careers and ready to take on the world!

We are demonstrably successful in this endeavour. Our ‘average’ girl leaves The Folkestone School for Girls having achieved

  • Grade A in Mathematics
  • Grade A in English
  • 8 other GCSEs at average grade A
  • 3 good A levels at average grade B

and ready to continue onto higher education, or for a minority, directly into the world of work. 

Our curriculum naturally focuses on traditional, rigorous academic subjects with the importance of these subjects reflected in the time allocated to their study. Commonly referred to as the ‘Ebacc’ – these traditional academic qualifications remain central. Mathematical proficiency, the highest standards of spoken and written English and general academic knowledge/competence are, and always will be, crucial.

However, we are also a caring community where girls’ ‘other’ achievements are viewed as equal to academic attainment. Creativity, sporting prowess, community involvement and empathy for others are all key goals. We are also committed to ensuring that girls understand and accept key British values such as a respect for the rule of law, democracy and a tolerance of difference. With our commitment to caring for girls as individuals and our strong moral base the school has a zero tolerance of sexism, homophobia, racism and other prejudicial attitudes. We encourage students to aspire, to find out who they are and to develop their strengths across a broad spectrum of activities; our curriculum reflects this in the subjects offered and the additional opportunities presented. 

Our aim therefore is to provide an outstanding academic curriculum and outstanding teaching to ensure our girls leave as well-qualified and well-rounded young women. They will have a strong academic portfolio of qualifications, highly-developed interpersonal skills, a broad range of interests and are well prepared to pursue varied and fulfilling careers. 

Our ambition is that after 7 years at The Folkestone School for Girls our students:

  • Have a strong portfolio of academic qualifications
  • Have the confidence and self-belief necessary to achieve her dreams and to contribute to society
  • Have developed her own moral values and demonstrate tolerance and respect for others
  • Understand her own strengths and areas for development
  • Be positive/optimistic about new experiences, new ideas and the future
  • Have well developed people skills and know how to work in teams, lead teams or work alone
  • Love learning and have the skills and self-confidence required to learn anything in the 21st century world

The Academic Curriculum 

All students follow a KS3 curriculum over years 7 and 8 studying the traditional spectrum of academic subjects: Maths, English, Science, Geography, History and Modern Foreign Languages. For breadth and balance they also study Music, Art & Design, Drama, Computing, Religious Education, PSHCE and Physical Education.

Year 9 represents a transition year with girls commencing their GCSE options but with time, first, for background study and skill acquisition before the outset of the actual GCSE subject content. A chance to broaden their background knowledge and to hone skills. All girls study English Language, English Literature, Mathematics and Combined Sciences. They also sit GCSE Philosophy & Ethics and have time each week for PE. 

All students also choose 2 further options from the Ebacc suite of subjects; History, Geography or a modern foreign language (from a choice of French, German or Spanish). Together with 2 x English, Mathematics and 2 x Science GCSEs these subjects combine to form the broad and balanced academic package that our girls will need for the future. With GCSE Religious Education compulsory too, all girls therefore study at least 8 traditional academic qualifications to GCSE. 

Whilst languages are chosen by many girls, our traditional academic curriculum does not currently compel girls to study a Modern Foreign Language and instead we prefer to offer girls a greater degree of choice within their academic curriculum. 

Students then choose two further subjects which allow them to personalise their curriculum to reflect their own interests, strengths and aspirations. Students choose from;

  • Art & Design
  • Business Studies
  • Computing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • ICT
  • Health & Social Care
  • Music
  • Triple Science

Two new courses introduced for first teaching September 2017, Business Studies & Health and Social Care, seek to  provide a more vocational option for students to complement their more academic compulsory curriculum. These subjects also seek to address the future direction of travel of our economy and to provide girls with the necessary skills and knowledge to flourish in these growth sectors.

Our curriculum model aims to:

  • adhere to the school vision of 8 to 10 good GCSEs
  • maintain a broad, balanced, relevant and enjoyable curriculum for girls and to ensure sufficient depth of learning to ensure subject mastery
  • provide increased time for students and staff to participate in personal development

Personal Development

The Folkestone School for Girls provides access to a wealth of additional opportunities within school. There are opportunities in to take part in a host of different sports clubs and competitions, to participate in our many Dance and Drama productions or indeed to sing or play in one of our many  choirs, ensembles or musical evenings. Students in years 7 & 8 take part in the Pixl Edge programme and students in years 9, 10 and beyond can access the Duke of Edinburgh Award programme. We also have Debating Societies, Young Magistrates and many other other clubs and activities throughout the year.

We believe this is in an incredibly important part of education. Being part of a club or organisation requires teamwork and commitment. It develops self-confidence and simply can allow us all to grow and flourish in other arenas. Employers too are looking for these attributes. A broad and strong portfolio of academic qualifications is important but equally so is the chance to demonstrate what else you have done and can do! What will you talk about at a job or university interview? What would be your talking point?

With that in our school website also lists opportunities locally. There are a broad range of clubs and activities that might be of interest and that girls may consider joining. Many are free. Some do have a small fee. All allow our girls a further opportunity to do something they may not otherwise have the chance to do and to grow, develop and enjoy an interest away from school.

Sixth Form

The overwhelming majority of students continue into Sixth Form. Most students complete 3 A levels but some do 4 and exceptionally some study 5. We have an extensive offer post 16 curriculum (some 30 subjects) focused mainly on A level but covering all disciplines. From the Mathematical and scientific disciplines students can choose from Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Further mathematics, ICT and Computer Science. In the Arts: Art, Dance, Drama and Music. Humanities subjects offered include History, Geography, Government and Politics, Sociology, French, Spanish & English Literature. We also offer Business Studies, Health & Social Care and Psychology.

In 2017, around 85% of students either continued onto university or planned to do so after a gap year. The remainder went into directly into employment.

Curriculum Overview

The school operates a two week timetable – with 50 x 1 hour lessons over the fortnight. The numbers in the table below represent hours per fortnight allocated to each subject.

 

Year 7
Subject
Hours per fortnight

 English

 7

 Mathematics

 7

 Science

6

 Modern Foreign Languages

 4

 Geography

4

 History

4

 Physical Education

4

 Religious Studies/PHSE

3

 Art & Design

3

Computing

3

Music

2

Drama

3

 

 Year 8
Subject
Hours per fortnight

 English

 7

 Mathematics

 7

 Science

6

 Modern Foreign Languages

 4

 Geography

4

 History

4

 Physical Education

4

 Religious Studies/PHSE

3

 Art & Design

3

Computing

3

Music

3

Drama

2

 

Year 9
Options: ICT, Computing, Art & Design, Geography, History, French, Spanish, German, Triple Science, Dance, Music, Drama, Business Studies and Health & Social Care
Subject
Hours per fortnight

 English

 7

 Mathematics

 7

 Science

7

 Physical Education

4

 Religious Studies/PHSE

5

Ebacc A

5

Ebacc B

5

Option A

5

Option B

5

 

Year 10
Options: ICT, Computing, Art & Design, Geography, History, French, Spanish, German, Triple Science, Dance, Music, Drama, Business Studies and Health & Social Care
Subject
Hours per fortnight

 English

 7

 Mathematics

 7

 Science

10

 Physical Education

4

 Religious Studies/PHSE

6

Ebacc A

4

Ebacc B

4

Option A

4

Option B

4

 

Year 11
Options: ICT, Computing, Art & Design, Geography, History, French, Spanish, German, Triple Science, Dance, Music, Drama, Business Studies and Health & Social Care
Subject
Hours per fortnight

 English

 8

 Mathematics

 8

 Science

10

 Physical Education

2

 Religious Studies/PHSE

2

Ebacc A

5

Ebacc B

5

Option A

5

Option B

5

 

Departments

  • Art & Design

    The Department Mr Fitzgerald-Clark - Director of Learning - A'level & GCSE Photography and KS3 Mrs Hulme - Assistant Director of Learning - A'level and GCSE Fine Art and KS3 Ms Turner - A'level &...

  • Business Studies

    KS5 A Level Business Studies enables you to investigate different types of organisations in various business sectors and environments.  You will learn that businesses face varying degrees of...

  • Citizenship

    KS4 Studying Citizenship enables students to: Engage with topical citizenship issues and contribute to debates on challenges facing society involving a wide range of political, social and ethical...

  • Computing & ICT

    KS3 The school values both ICT and Computing equally, hence students in years 7 and 8 study both ICT and Computing on a termly carousel.   In ICT they experience a range of applications such as...

  • Dance

    KS4 In Year 9 pupils follow a foundation course which prepares them for the AQA GCSE Dance syllabus in Year 10. GCSE Dance helps students develop technical and expressive skills as well as knowledge and...

  • Design Technology

    KS3 In years 7 and 8 students will create a number of projects that support the National Curriculum focussing on wood, metal, plastic, electronics, textiles and graphics. They will learn how to use...

  • Drama

    KS3 Drama in KS3 provides students with the opportunity to explore group skills, team work, individual leadership skills and self-confidence. Students will develop an understanding of different...

  • Economics

    KS5 AIM This course is designed to introduce students to the core theory and practical application of Economics. Students will: Develop an understanding of the core microeconomic principles of...

  • English

    KS3 English is taught over 7 lessons a fortnight at Key Stage Three, which gives the pupils opportunities to explore and analyse a wide variety of fictional and non-fiction texts and create them...

  • Extended Project

    What is Extended Project The Extended Project requires students to carry out an extensive piece of independent work in a topic of their choosing. Students will be required to:  Choose an area of...

  • Geography

    KS3 In both Years 7 and 8, Geography is taught over two lessons each week. Both year groups will have the opportunity for field work in the local area.  In Year 7 we hope to show students what...

  • Government & Politics

    KS5 The History Department also offers Government & Politics at AS and A2 level. At AS students look at British political institutions such as Parliament and the judiciary, as well as issues in UK...

  • Health & Social Care

    KS5 Edexcel AS and A2 course in Health and Social Care. This is a vocational A level qualification providing students with both knowledge and practical skills for a career in Education, Health or...

  • History

    KS3 Students develop a range of skills and subject knowledge at KS3 in History. We develop our skills of source analysis by looking at different types of evidence, from everyday objects to official state...

  • Mathematics

    KS3 Pending approval. KS4 You will begin your Mathematics GCSE course in Year 9. The current Year 10s will be the last cohort to sit the current Mathematics GCSE specification, and they will sit...

  • MFL

    KS3 Many studies have shown that learning a foreign language not only improves students’ employability, but also strengthens their skills in other subjects. Furthermore, a number of prestigious...

  • Music

    KS3 Pupils study music over 2 periods per week in year 7 and 1 period per week in year 8. Those pupils who currently play an instrument are encouraged to bring this to their music lesson and use it...

  • Physical Education

    KS3 In Year 7 & 8 pupils have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of activities for 2 hours a week.  Students will develop their knowledge, understanding and skill level in the following...

  • Psychology

    KS5 Psychology is now classified as the fourth science.  Psychology is a highly valued by many universities including being a popular and useful choice for those hoping to go into medicine,...

  • Religious Education

    KS3 Girls from year 7 receive a general introduction to major World Religions with a discrete focus on Christianity Buddhism and Sikhism. In year 8 girls develop their understanding of these...

  • Religious Studies

    KS5 Do you want to understand yourself and the world around you? Do you  question truths and assumptions? Do you spend most of your time thinking and talking to yourself? Do you enjoy constructing...

  • Science

    KS3 Students are taught Key Stage 3 Science in 2 years following the UPD8 SOW Wikid.  This is based on the philosophy that students should enjoy and achieve in Science. Every Science lesson, whatever the...

  • Sociology

    KS5 Course Content Sociology is an immensely challenging and exciting discipline. Its aim is to understand how societies work. The study of sociology fosters a critical awareness of contemporary social...

Contact

The Folkestone School for Girls

Coolinge Lane

Folkestone, Kent

CT20 3RB United Kingdom

 

Tel: +44 (0) 1303 251125