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Minister for Education opens new Folkestone Primary Academy and Glassworks Sixth Form Centre

Parliamentary Under Secretary for Education and Childcare Elizabeth Truss MP officially opened two new school buildings in Folkestone on Tuesday 8th October. Folkestone Primary Academy has relocated this term to brand new buildings, set adjacent to the secondary phase of the existing Folkestone Academy. The new £6.2million primary buildings were designed by Guy Hollaway Architects, and provide accommodation for up to 450 children, taught in classes of twenty, and a new Kindergarten phase.

The Glassworks Sixth Form Centre, set in the heart of Folkestone’s Creative Quarter, has been established to respond to the success of the Folkestone Academy’s sixth form since it was established when the school opened in 2007. Demand for place exceeds capacity at the Academy, and numbers of students entering sixth form are projected to continue rising.   

Chair of Governors of The Folkestone All Age Academy Roger De Haan said: “Improving access to and quality of education for all of Folkestone’s young people is central to our vision to make the town a better place in which to live and work and bring up a family. Already we have seen a dramatic change for the better in academic results and there is evidence demonstrating that these improvements are being mirrored in non-selective schools across the District. Our mission is to raise aspirations of Folkestone’s young people and prepare them for a more successful future.”