At Folkestone Academy learning is at the centre of everything we do and our three rules of Ready, Respectful and Safe instil a culture and climate where everyone can learn and achieve.  

Students are expected to be ready for learning by arriving promptly to lessons, meeting and greeting their teacher with a handshake and smile at the classroom door, being dressed impeccably by wearing their uniform with pride and having all the necessary equipment to learn effectively. Students are expected to be respectful to staff, their peers and the environment. In lessons students follow STAR: Sit up straight, Track the speaker, Ask and Answer like a Scholar and Respect their peers and the environment.

Students are expected to behave in a safe manner at all times. They will walk in the Academy on the left, keep their hands and feet to themselves, queue for break and lunch calmly and politely and report any concerns they have to an adult.

We believe a whole school positive behaviour management approach is essential for effective teaching and learning and we are committed to using a restorative approach when working together to ensure everyone can achieve their best. The whole school community shares the responsibility to build, maintain and repair relationships. Our restorative approaches are value based and ensure a respectful rapport is established with all involved. Our culture inspires a sense of safety and trust, encourages learners to express their thoughts, feelings and needs appropriately; allows learners to appreciate the impact of other’s thoughts, feelings and beliefs.

We ask the following five questions when reflecting in restorative conversations:

  1. What has happened?
  2. Who has been affected?
  3. How have they been affected?
  4. What do I need to do to make things better?
  5. How could I do things differently next time?

Recognition replaces reward. Learners can gain recognition for a positive approach to learning, contribution to their personal development and wider community involvement. We want to involve you in the success of your son/daughter through postcards, Academy passport stickers, Hot Chocolate Fridays and communication with you. Celebrating and recognising success is a fundamental aspect of Academy life.   

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