C.A.P.ital Programme - Term 3

Thank you to all students for their hard work with the C.A.P.ital 1 and C.A.P.ital 2 programme during Term 3. Students have been exploring ‘Healthy Choices’ in C.A.P.ital 2 which saw them try new ingredients during the lunch servings. Thank you to Mr Kent and the catering team for their support with this.

C.A.P.ital 1 explored ‘Relationships with Others’ and how to overcome relationship barriers; students were invited to explore how they could deal with various scenarios differently.

As we move forward into Term 4 C.A.P.ital 1 explores ‘ Motivation’ with the focus of motivating ourselves to do better with school work and personal goals and achievements.

C.A.P.ital 2 will be exploring ‘Academy Apprentices’ where they will be coming up with a concept and delivering their idea to their peers. I look forward to seeing what fantastic and unusual ideas that the students come up with.

‘Is It Worth It?’

Year 7, 8 and 9 students watched the ‘Is it Worth It?’ school tour. The road show, organised by Kent Police delivers a very credible message around E-Safety, the dangers of Sexting and encourages young people to think carefully about the consequences of what they post online. In addition to playing interactive games, watching videos and talking about various E-safety issues from Sexting to Cyber bullying, there was a performance from new band 'YES LAD'. The band made it to the Judges Houses on X Factor last year.

The Lord Whisky Animal Sanctuary

Students from The Folkestone Academy recently visited The Lord Whisky Animal Sanctuary in Stelling Minnis to hand over food donations and a cheque for £400 following recent fundraising activities. Lumley House, one of 8 Houses in the Academy, held their annual House Charity Day to raise money for the RSPCA and The Lord Whiskey Animal Sanctuary. They organised a number of activities including a blind raffle, sponsored run and animal food bank.

Year 7 Maths Rock Stars

Our Year 7 students have been given a log in and are taking part in this programme on a fortnightly rota during tutor time.

Students are being encouraged to access this at home in order to improve their times table recall.

There is a competition running for the lead tutor group & the most improved student.

The app is free to download or can be accessed through the website.

Le Sailing Voyage 2017

Year 9 were given the opportunity to be part of Le Sailing Voyage Tall Ships experience throughout Term 5 and 6. The project is supported by Shepway District Council, Boulogne Sur Mer and Eurotunnel.

The students will take part in four weekends of activities, two based in Folkestone and two based in France. The activities will be centred around team-building and learning key aspects of roles and responsibilities when on board. Once the four weekends have taken place the students will have the opportunity to travel on board one of the tall ships around French ports for 4 nights and 5 days. The trip is fully funded including food and drink and the students even get their own hoodie!

We had 20 Year 9 students show an interest in taking part and 11 applied by writing a letter of interest to Mr Moors and Mrs Harris. We are delighted that all 11 students were successful with their applications and will enjoy their first experience starting on Saturday 25th February.

Congratulations to the following students:

Michael Burne A3

Xavier Gonsalves A3

Tom Coughlan A3

Latia Sarr-Richards B3

Connor Booth-Wolfe C3

Carmel Idris D3

Luke Martin D3

Ellie Dowley D3

Alice Crockford D3

Jack Mercer D3

Year 10 Debating Final

Congratulations to Foster for winning the Year 10 Debating Final. This team has won the Year 8, 9 and now 10 competition! Well done to all who participated.

Bollywood Dance

This Term Year 13 students took part in a 2-hour ‘Bollywood’ workshop with Senjuti from Wise Moves Dance. During the 2 hours they choreographed a 3 minute ‘Bollywood’ routine, which was designed with the theme of ‘Heroes’ in mind and will contribute to their Dance course and feature in this year’s Addiction Dance show in March.

Anti-Bullying Ambassadors

Our Anti-Bullying Ambassadors (above) supported Lee Churchyard in training over 15 Anti-Bullying Associates (below) from different forms and year groups on Thursday 26th January 2017. The Anti-Bullying Associates will be the eyes and ears for listening and reporting any bullying issue’s that come to light during their school day. They all received certificates for their training which were presented in House assemblies. Well done to all!

Bussell A1 – Ethan Cole

A2 – Jack Elliot

Lumley B2 – Issac Covill

B3 – Matthew Riberio & Maya Rattigan

B4 – Joe MacKensie

Foster C1- Brandon Cheffins

C3- Ben Roberts

Dyson D1 – Evie Burnett

D2 – Ionee Morgan

D3 –Kiki Burnett

D4 – Lucy Smith

Foale E2 - Hope Bajrami

E5 - Chloe Davenport

Holmes F2 – Alisha Mozeley

F4 –Jayden Lewis

Horowitz H2 - Minay Jefferies

H5 - Kieran Gilliver

Ski Trip 2018

During the February half term students who signed up to this year’s Ski Trip took off to the snowy slopes of Montafon in Austria.

The Skip Trip for 2018 will be in Passo Tonale in Italy. If you would like to sign up please visit our website

Cha Cha Workshop

Luke Saunders, a professional Ballroom and Latin American dancer and former UK Dance Team member and No2 in the UK for Ballroom and Latin American dancing, came in to lead a technique Cha Cha workshop with Year 13 dancers in order to support their dance work as part of Unit 51 International Dance for the Level 3 BTEC. Luke has worked with Strictly stars Anton Du Beke, Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace amongst others, as well as choreographed for TV, national teams and UK team members. The students benefitted from learning clear techniques and learnt partner work and additional choreography.

Performing Arts Society

Summary of Term 3 activities and events:

• Academy’s Got Talent – watch the highlights video

• School of Rock rehearsals have begun (performance in July 2017)

• Youth Speaks competition on 4th February (Chloe Ross, Lewis Dempsey and Phoebe Sproston) – our team won in the senior category against teams with older members and previous experience in the competition! They will perform in the next round on 4th March.

• 7th February and 10th February will see a fundraising event for Addiction dance show. All Performance Society students will pay £1 to watch a superhero movie during society time.

• 10th February – Year 7 Performance Society students will be attending ‘Orchestra Unwrapped’ at the Marlowe Theatre. Students have had to learn three songs to sing while the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra are performing a specially commissioned piece called ‘Past-Present-Future’

Shaping Your Future

The Young Enterprise group have just started to sell from their business “Sweet Treats”, watch this space to find out how sales are progressing.

We have had a team of students travel off to the 'Youth Speaks' Competition.

Our Memory Makers group have been completing focus interviews with their guests over the last term.

Year 7 and 8 have been exploring healthy choices and learning about ways to exercise well.

Secondary School Gymnastics Competition

We are very excited to be a part of an exciting new gymnastics competition just for secondary schools, being organised by Dover Gymnastics Club.

It will take place on Monday 27th March 2017 at The Folkestone Academy and is open to students in Years 7 to 10 from any secondary school and is completely FREE to enter.

The competition will follow the Key Step criteria developed by British Gymnastics and will involve students competing in teams of up to four people on both the Floor and Vault.

Medals will be presented to the teams who finish in first, second and third place in each school year group. The team who achieves the highest overall score will also be presented with a trophy to take back to their school

To download the entry pack click on link below

Recipes to Recreate at Home

Our KS3 Food Technology team have been working hard to put together a list of recipes that students use during their cooking classes. Now you can recreate the meals at home following the same recipes!

Maths App Leader Board

Check out the Year 11 Top 10 PIXL Maths App Leader Board

Lumley House

Lumley House staff and students have been working hard this term to organise our House Charity Day. We organised lots of stalls as well as a Blind Raffle with lots of lovely prizes donated from local companies. Year 9 students completed a sponsored silence and a special mention goes to Kaylea Fryer in Year 11 who raised £100 in sponsorship money to run 15 miles on 31st January.

So far over £600 has been raised for the RSPCA and the animal food collections will be donated to The Lord Whisky Animal Sanctuary.

Thank you to all Year 7 and 8 parents that attended this year’s Open House evening and celebrated our students’ work and successes over the year.

Foster House

Progress Reward Trip

C3 had a great day out at Gravity Trampoline Park in Maidstone. Thanks to all the staff and students for their patience during the mishap breakdown on the way there! Foster Year 9 students were amazing and truly deserved the trip.

Foale House

The Year 10 Debating team participated in the House Debating Competition, representing Foale and demonstrating excellent arguments for the ‘prohibition of nuclear weapons’. It was a pleasure to see such confident, passionate and well prepared young people who worked as a team to represent their House. A special mention should go to Bethany who stepped in at the last minute to deliver a speech and to Katie who won the Best Speaker award.

Hope and Chloe recently trained to become Anti Bully Ambassadors. Foale House is very proud to have such dedicated and caring students who volunteered to complete the training in their own time to ensure the community works together to eradicate bullying. Well done!

Holmes House

Holmes House planned and delivered a fantastic day on Friday 20th January and collected over £500 for the Pilgrims Hospices. This money could pay for 1 days care for a patient on a ward at the Pilgrims Hospices

A very big thank you to our parents for the wonderful contributions of cakes, sweets and prizes, our students organised their stalls and worked tirelessly all day to raise funds for this great cause!

On Wednesday 1st February students walked in their PJs to Cheriton High Street, gaining sponsorship for further fundraising for our charity.

Horowitz House

A busy term in Horowitz House! We welcomed our KS3 parents to our Open House event which was once again a great success; it was wonderful to see so many parents engaging in their child’s school work and the Academy community. Huge congratulations to the H4 debating team – they did an amazing job and a special mention goes to Phoebe Sproston who was awarded “Best Speaker”. Inter-House Basketball is our next challenge!

Our key focus for next term is building the resilience of Horowitz students – we are finding that many students are coming to House during valuable lesson time for minor issues that can be dealt with during tutorial, break or lunch times. I know you will want to raise this with your child and support us in keeping them in lessons. This also applies to attendance – the Term 3 reward will be given to the Tutor Group with the most improved attendance, will Horowitz take the lead?


A mixed Year 9 and 10 team took on Highworth Grammar and unfortunately lost both games.


First = 26 – 1 (9s)

Second = 31-1 (10s)

The girls played well despite losing and our player of the match went to Blessing Ihouma for both games!

Girls Basketball

Our girls Basketball team had their first match this term, playing Highworth. Our U14 and U16 teams put in 100% with excellent teamwork.


U14 Lost / U16 Won

Player of the match for the U14 was Megan Brown and U16 Jade Esprit who scored an amazing 3 pointer!

Our Year 7 team have had 2 games this term. They played well and definitely got very competitive on the court.

Unfortunately we lost both games:

15-10 against the North

16-4 against Highworth

Player of the match goes to Nicole Ellen for her brilliant attacking and shooting.

Sports Hall Athletics

The Sports Hall Athletics events was a success, ending with the Year 7 girls and Year 8 boys and girls teams all coming second in Shepway!


Our U18 10-a-side term competed in a tournament this term. They beat Towers and Queen Elizabeth.

Rugby Academy

A group of fortunate Rugby Academy students were given the opportunity to attend BT Sport’s TV show, ‘Rugby Tonight’. The live show was filmed on Wednesday 1st February at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and hosted by Craig Doyle, Lawrence Dallaglio (Wasps and England), Martin Bayfield (Northampton Saints and England) and Ugo Monye (Harlequins and England) along with special guest ex England captain Chris Robshaw.

Read the full story on our website

Folkestone Football Academy

Folkestone Football Academy has a new Facebook page.

This is a partnership between The Glassworks Sixth Form Centre and M & M Football Academy (run by Sammy Moore and Jack Midson) and will commence in September 2017.

The first trial date for the Folkestone Football Academy is Wednesday 15th February from 10am - 12noon at the Three Hills Sports Park. (This is during half term).

More trial dates to follow!

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