Developing Outstanding Students

Developing Outstanding Students at the Folkestone Academy

We offer a programme that gives students the opportunity to gain recognition for not only the usual activities that the extra-curricular programme offers, but also opportunities presented inside or outside of school that occur additionally through initiative or interest. The programme ultimately aims to develop our students’ into valued members of the community and prepare them to embrace and be successful in the workplace or further education. Our students’ will stand out in the room. Recognition is gained through the award of stickers in line with our Academy values where we encourage students to live with Joy, choose with Courage and succeed with Ambition. Within this booklet students collect their stickers through House activities. The more that are collected inform a level of award at the end of the year. The sticker book also acts to outline the successes of that year.

AMBITION sticker COURAGE sticker JOY sticker

‘Outstanding’ students will demonstrate and develop learners who are:

Inquirers, Knowledgeable, Thinkers, Communicators, Principled, Open-minded, Caring, Risk-takers, Balanced and Reflective

Alongside the development of these attributes students will understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others. They will be active participants in a wide range of aspects of Academy life, as well as focusing on their academic development. As part of this process students will give thoughtful consideration to their own learning journey and experience. They will be able to assess and understand their strengths and limitations in order to support their learning and personal development, and also see ways to overcome areas where they ordinarily find barriers.

Developing the traits or succeeding in the programme…


Students will be extraordinarily well prepared for the academic requirements of university coursework and the demands of adult life. They will develop skills to contribute to discussions in a meaningful way, not shy away from challenging questions and, once they know the answer, they follow up by asking “why?” They are confident, able to regularly deliver presentations and drive excellence in group or individual challenges that adult life will eventually presents them. They will understand cultures and views and be open to new ideas and approaches. Achievement at the Academy will demonstrate that they have a commitment to the community and have the necessary skills and attributes to transition well to challenging settings or workplace expectations and show resilience and determination in their work. The programme will help them develop an ability to reflect on their learning and articulate how they did this. They will learn that critical reflection is an important life skill.







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Programme designed to the principles of the International Baccalaureate