2016 – What a Year!

We have had another amazing year at The Folkestone Academy and Glassworks Sixth Form Centre – we created our 2016 video to look back at some of the great events that have taken place this year!

British Champion

Congratulations to Kobe Spinney for becoming the new British Kickboxing Champion for his weight category. In November Kobe travelled to London to fight against Daniel Hurnn and after 5 two minute challenging rounds he claimed the new British title belt, becoming 2017 champion.

Kobe has been training for this fight during the past few months, traveling up to Croydon weekly to train under the expertise of the 87 Fight Club run by Kickboxing champ Darren Chan.

In the past year Kobe has become British BKK clicker champion and BKK junior knockdown champion but winning his first British Kickboxing title belt is a dream come true!

Dance Mannequin Challenge

Year 13 Dance students created their own #MannequinChallenge video – watch on YouTube

Recording Maths Data on the Radio

Year 7 Maths sets 3 and 4 have been learning about negative numbers. At the end of the topic they had the opportunity to prepare their own weather reports either focussing on local Folkestone weather or the forecast from places around the world with dramatically different climates. They were very excited to then record their scripts at 105.9 Academy FM radio station.

Youth Festival of Remembrance

On Saturday 12th November the Youth Festival of Remembrance took place at the Leas Cliff Hall. A group of student from our Dance, Drama and Music society groups performed a collaboration piece called ‘Count on Me’, led by Miss Whitby, Miss Wild and Mrs Simes. Drama students devised a short scene based on cyber-bullying which was followed by a performance of the song ‘Count on Me’. Music students sang and played, accompanied by the dance students who had choreographed a routine.

C.A.P.ital Programme

As we come to the end of term we can reflect on the C.A.P.ital 1 and C.A.P.ital 2 programmes which have been running throughout the Academy in tutor time since September. In Term 1 C.A.P.ital 1 saw the students design and create ‘House Identity’ shields whilst in C.A.P.ital 2 students explored the House Charity and began to research and plan events in preparation for ‘House Charity’ days. Term 2 has seen C.A.P.ital 1 explore the dangers of ‘Social Media’ and design short E-Safety clips. C.A.P.ital 2 students have been working on their ‘Futures’ specifically looking at personal statements and interview techniques.

We look forward to exploring friendships and healthy choices in the coming terms.

Folkestone Big Switch On

A big well done and thank you to our Sixth Form Music students who braved the weather and performed during Folkestone’s Big Switch On in the Creative Quarter Folkestone

Public Speaking

On Thursday 24th November two Folkestone Academy Public Speaking teams went to Ashford School to compete in the English Speaking Union Public Speaking semi-final competition against eight teams from three other schools – Dover College, Ashford School and Folkestone Grammar School for Girls. The competition was fierce and the topics challenging. All the students were cool, calm and collected as they took to the stage to speak in front of an audience of about 50 complete strangers – they all performed brilliantly.

The Year 9 team of Shannon Kimber, Mark Atkins and Connor Booth-Wolfe were amongst the youngest in the competition and were speaking as a team for the first time. Not only did they respond with great confidence to the situation, but Connor was given a special commendation for the clarity and complexity of his speech.

The Year 10 team were also competing for the first time and rose to the occasion with great style. As a result, Morgan Hunter, George Ives and Milena Trojszczak were runners up and are through to the final which takes place on February 2nd in Canterbury Guildhall. Well done!

Public speaking is an important skill and recognised by employers and universities alike as an indication of confident, articulate, independent students so to take part is a real achievement. Well done to all the speakers, thank you to Mr Tse for supporting the team and we look forward to the final next term.

English GCSE Revision

Welcome to the English revision page for GCSE English Literature and GCSE English Language.

As a Faculty we have added resources to assist with each element of the exam. These include terminology glossaries, whole copies of texts and activities to complete.

Click on link below to find out more

Armistice Day 2016

On 11th November all students at The Folkestone Academy observed a two-minute silence to remember the nation's war dead for Armistice Day. Thank you to the Cadets who carried out a parade before the silence.

Christmas Jumper Day

On Thursday 15th December we held our annual Christmas Jumper Day. Students and staff were asked to donate £1 to wear their Christmas jumper to school for the day with the money being donated to Save the Children.

We raised a total of £389!

Art Class with Bugs

We welcomed the Bug Roadshow from Folkestone into the Academy this term - Art students were able to hold a variety of insets and take photos to use in class to help develop their observational drawing.

Young Carers Visit Panto

This term our Young Carers were given the opportunity to attend the pantomime Dick Whittington at the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury, thanks to a generous grant organised by Allison Allan, Community Liaison Officer Maidstone and Shepway and funders at Kent County Council. Without their kind donation we would not be able to take the Young Carers on these wonderful trips.

IB Update

As you will know, the majority of our Sixth Form students study at the magnificent Glassworks Centre in Folkestone and our post-16 provision is popular, successful and dynamic. It is important to us that the courses we offer reflect both what the students want and also what the world around them is looking for in terms of university applications and successful employment.

The International Baccalaureate (IB) is a world-class, international and highly regarded qualification taken by many successful students in schools across the globe, and here in England, every year for the last 50 years. This year, over 20 schools in Kent are taking part in a project to launch the IBCP (International Baccalaureate Careers Related Programme) for students lucky enough to attend one of Sixth Forms involved.

Here at Folkestone Academy, we are halfway through the process of applying to be recognised as an IB World School and are planning to launch the IBCP in September 2017 with the current Year 11 students as our first cohort. A number of students have already signed up and are excited about the opportunity to study new subjects such as Social and Cultural Anthropology or Environmental Systems and Societies. This course also offer students the opportunity to learn conversational Japanese, to take part in a photography project with Canterbury Christchurch, to undertake focussed work experience connected to their career pathway and to undertake a research project that will prepare them for further study and learning.

If you would like to learn more about the IBCP then please click on the link and watch these short videos. If you would like to talk to a member of staff about the IBCP then please contact Mrs E Newman (Vice Principal and IBCP Coordinator Designate) on emma.newman@folkestoneacademy.com

Celebrating Outstanding Achievement

This year’s Awards Evening was again another exceptional evening recognising student achievement. We presented three special awards that identified students who have gone above and beyond in the local community or faced times of adversity.

The first award was the Lynwood Residents’ Association Community Award. This is a regular part of our Awards Evening and we welcomed Mrs Grant who is the Chairman to present the award to Year 11 Student, Samuel Lilley.

The second award was the Val Reddecliffe Special Achievement Award – named after our retired Vice Principal to commemorate her 42 years of service for the Academy and the previous schools. The award was presented to Year 10 student, James Blackwell.

Our final special award of the evening was presented by Councillor Jenny Hollingsbee from Shepway District Council. Their Community Involvement Award was awarded to Year 11 student, Lee Churchyard.

Art Society – Golden Tickets Winners

The Art Society treated their Golden Ticket winners to an afternoon session eating a 6ft Ice Cream sundae and watching Spirited Away by Hayao Miyazaki and produced by Studio Ghibli.

Students that won the tickets were selected from an exhibition of work displayed in school as part of Term 1’s Art Society. Students were asked to put together a piece of work that responds to the theme of ‘cartoon’ and the students listed below were selected as being the most creative showing imagination and good use of technique and materials.

Grace Goldberg-Campbell

Bianca Thomas

Daisy Fitzpatrick

Daisy Barrow Perry

Aleysha McQuade

Claudia Oakes

Aaron Wills

Danni Brazier

Regan Campbell (Society captain)

Rasmina Juskeviciute (Society captain)

The sundae consisted of three flavours of ice cream (strawberry, chocolate, vanilla) biscuit, brownie, cream, fruit and popping candy.

Technology Society

This Society is dedicated to pursuing a passion for technology. We encourage each other to discover all forms of new technology. We look for new opportunities to use technology. As leaders we model the resilience and determination required to achieve mastery, having the highest expectations of our work at all times.

Studying in our Sixth Form

The new 2016/17 Glassworks Sixth Form Centre prospectus is now live on our website - for all details on the courses we offer click on the link below:

Academy FM

Academy FM Folkestone is looking for students, and parents, interested in learning about journalism and news-reading. The radio station has always covered local news once or twice a week, but is planning on expanding its coverage to produce a bulletin every day. It's a volunteer role, but you'd be given full training, and its ideal for students interested in media careers, or parents who want to learn something new and play an active role in Academy life. You'd be trained to research, write and read Local News bulletins for broadcast on Academy FM. Hours are flexible, and could include before or after-school training sessions to fit around your timetables. Parent Volunteers would be given training after a satisfactory DBS check. To find out more, pop into the radio station (next to the school shop) or call the Station Manager, Dave Sharp on 01303 721059 (Option 4).

Lumley House

Congratulations to all students who participated in this term's House Singing competition. We are very proud of all of you and we were delighted with your performance.

We are now busy planning our House Charity Day (31st January) and we will give you more details after the Christmas holiday.

Mrs Wood and Mr Downham would like to wish all our parents and students a very Merry Christmas.

Holmes House

We are very proud of the large number of students who were part of the Holmes House singing team and band. Their hard work and enthusiasm gained the House a great 4th placing! F2 celebrated winning the £250 reward prize for their form group for having the best overall progress for Terms 1 and 2! They are a great example of students working together and succeeding. An excellent start to the year in Holmes House! Well done to all.

House Singing Champions 2016

Congratulations to Fiennes House! Well done to Bussell who placed 2nd and Foale who placed 3rd.


A team of U14s and U16s took part in a Kent Schools Games Badminton qualifier at Towers School. The students played their hardest despite some interesting performances. The results were as follows:

Under 14s

Lost every game they played except one which they won 11-7.

Under 16s

Won their group and lost in the 1st and 2nd play-off to Norton Knatchball 4-1 overall with some really close games. They finished in 2nd place overall.

Player of the day was Connor Adams who won 5/6 games he played.

The students as ever were awesome!

Girls Badminton

Our Academy girls badminton team played against some strong teams in the Shepway and Ashford U16s and U14s tournament this term. The Under 14s team came 6th and the Under 16s came 4th. Well done to all that took part.

Gladiators dodgeball tournament

This term a group of Year 7 students took part in a Gladiators dodgeball tournament. As ever the students were a pleasure to take, competed really well and gave it their all. They unfortunately did not win any games but special mention to Callum Shrewsbury who managed to stay in the longest in nearly every game showing amazing dodging skills.

U13 Handball

Our Year 8 handball team took part in a Shepway tournament in which they were extremely impressive despite having never played before. The boys started the competition playing a Harvey Grammar team who had every player bigger than ours and despite losing two early goals they rallied back to only be defeated by 2 losing 4-2. They then played Brockhill who they absolutely outperformed winning 10-1 in 12 minutes. Well done to all the boys who competed and finishing in silver medal position overall.

Girls Handball

Years 7 & 8 Team

A mixed Year 7 and 8 team took on handball this year with very little training. They competed in a tournament at Three Hills against The Folkestone Girls School, Brockhill School and Highworth Grammar School. The girls played fantastically as a team demonstrating excellent movement on the pitch and teamwork throughout. Player of the match went to Laurel Fry for her exceptional goal shooting skills, winning us our game against Brockhill. The girls, despite losing to the Grammar schools, beat Brockhill and received 3rd position taking home bronze medals.

Years 9 & 10 Team

A mixed Year 9 and 10 team also took on handball for the first time this year, competing in the same tournament as the Year 7 and 8 team. They competed against The Folkestone Girls School, The North School and Highworth Grammar School. The girls played fantastically as a team demonstrating excellent teamwork and communication skills throughout. Player of the match went to Dasie Savage for her unbelievable performance as Goal Keeper. The girls finished in second place receiving silver medals.


Trip to Twickenham

Wednesday 14th December saw the Rugby Academy students and staff take a trip to Twickenham Rugby Stadium, the largest rugby stadium in the world with a capacity of 80,000 and home of England Rugby.

The trip started with a talk from Clive a RFU Coaching co-ordinator, Clive spoke to the squad about the importance of using relevant and enjoyable skill games to focus participants in a rugby coaching session.

The session was a very enjoyable session and we hope that the students at least took one relevant point away with them. The second part of the day saw us go on a stadium tour, we started our tour on the top tier of the stadium in executive boxes at a cost of £10,000 for a year, we then moved to the lower tier of the stadium to a members only bar where guests such as David Beckham, Johnny Wilkinson and the Royals would enjoy a pre-game drink.

Folkestone Basketball Academy

The Basketball Academy has had a great year so far. The Academy team is half way through it's season in the East Kent Schools Basketball League and currently are positioned in second place. Folkestone Basketball Academy are the only team in the league to field both male and female players. The team lost its first match of the season but through hard work and dedication at training they have bounced back with seven straight wins. The team aim to make the end off year playoffs and hope to win the league.

The Basketball Academy new kit has arrived and the team look fantastic.

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