|Name||The Folkestone School for Girls|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Outstanding|
|Inspection Date||11 October 2012|
|Address||Coolinge Lane, Folkestone, Kent, CT20 3RB|
|Number of Pupils||1144 (100% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||20.3|
|Academy Sponsor||The Folkestone School For Girls Academy Trust|
|Percentage Free School Meals||4.4%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||12.6%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||1.6%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about this school
This average-sized, selective secondary school converted to academy status in February 2012. When its predecessor school, also known as the Folkestone School for Girls was last inspected by Ofsted, it was judged to be good overall. Most students are of White British heritage but there is a growing number from minority ethnic groups. The proportion of students supported by the pupil premium (those known to be eligible for free school meals and looked after children) is below the national average. The proportion of students supported through school action is well below average, as is the number supported by school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs. The school is well above the current government floor standard, which is the minimum expected for students’ attainment and progress. The school liaises with a local boys’ grammar school to extend the range of sixth form courses available to students in both schools. The school has a partnership with Marsh Academy that was brokered by the local authority. The Executive Principal has led both establishments for almost five years but in the near future she will return to the full-time leadership of The Folkestone School for Girls. The school has specialisms in mathematics and computing and is a training school.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is an outstanding school. The school has sustained high levels of attainment. Students excel through personal development and academic study; all achieve very well. Students, including those in the sixth form, love learning and derive great fulfilment from their work and the abundance of inspiring extra-curricular activities. The high expectations and excellent subject knowledge of staff underpin the outstanding teaching. Well-structured lessons provoke students’ curiosity and develop their independence and creativity. Students are very committed to the continuous improvement of their school. They contribute to decision-making through a range of forums and lead many projects with maturity and flair. Students are extremely well cared for by staff. They thrive in the uplifting learning environment. Tolerance and mutual respect are ingrained. Students from all backgrounds work, play and socialise together very happily. Leadership and management are of high quality at every level. The standard is set by the exceptional leadership of the Executive Principal. The management of staff performance is very considered and provides clear accountability and excellent professional development. The Chair of the Governing Body is a shrewd leader and tenacious guardian of the quality of students’ experiences. The sixth form is outstanding. Tailored guidance and first-rate provision ensure students achieve highly and are set to make the most of future opportunities.