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  • The Folkestone School for Girls
    Coolinge Lane
    CT20 3RB
  • Head: Mrs T Luke
  • T 01303 251125
  • F 01303 258084
  • E headteacher@folke…
  • W www.folkestone…
  • A state school for girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Kent
  • Pupils: 1,098; sixth formers: 237
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 12th October 2012
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Good on 18th March 2008
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

School feels like a happy ship; staff passing in the corridors greet each other by first names – no stiff hierarchy here. Girls seem very relaxed – they turn out the results but somehow don’t have that glassy eyed look of industry we’ve seen in some schools. We witnessed one French lesson where the energy almost visibly burst through the door. Girls were singing a French song using karaoke equipment – lots of hilarity, but the notes on the board showed that they were learning to…

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What the school says...

Entrance tests set by local LEA (Maths, VR and non VR).

Converted to an academy 2012

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking Psychology at an English Grammar School (GCSE)
  • Best performance by Girls taking PE / Sports Studies at an English Grammar School (GCSE Short Course)
  • Best performance by Girls taking Dance at an English Grammar School (GCSE)

School associations

State grammar school

What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2004, Mrs Tracy Luke. First joined the school as deputy head in 2001. A 30-year career in teaching has taken her from a school in inner city Manchester where one child murdered another in the playground, to one of Kent’s best performing schools. She has also taught overseas (at the King’s School for service children in Gutersloh, Germany) and at Welbeck College.

Her tenure has included a five-year concurrent appointment as executive head at Marsh Academy, a school in difficulties. She has been back full-time at Folkestone School for Girls since 2012.

She’s warm and smiley and the girls seem at ease in her presence. But she’s also ruthless when it comes to ensuring the highest standards from her teaching staff. She has a likeable honesty –...

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