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Information for Parents

We know starting a new school is a big decision for both parents and children. Here are some of our most frequently asked questions. 

Junior College is for 14 year old to 16 year old students. To be able to apply, your child needs to be aged 13/14, currently in Year 9. Studies at Junior College will commence once your child is 14/15 and starting Year 10. Your child will study at Junior College for two years before being able to progress onto the next level of study.

Although the Junior College is located on the Folkestone College site, the students have their own dedicated area, including classrooms, studio, common room, reception and toilets. Students will have the opportunity to use the College refectory and student centre during their breaks and lunchtimes. 

Unfortunately not. The Junior College curriculum is a two year qualification and your child is not able to join in the middle of the qualification. Your child needs to be 14 years old, and going into year 10, in order to study the full programme.

That’s ok!

If a child is aged 13/14, they would be in Year 9. This is the year that they can apply to Junior College. Year 9 students in the 21/22 academic year will have their date of birth between 1st September 2007 - 31st August 2008. If a child is not in mainstream school (eg. homeschooling) and falls within this age range, they are also eligible to apply.

If a child is aged 14/15, they would be in Year 10. This is the year they will begin attending Junior College.

If a child is aged 15/16, they would be in Year 11. This is the year they will complete Junior College and consider their options for Further Education, which they can also study here at Folkestone College. You can take a look at what we offer here.

At Junior College, your child will study a mixture of subjects but with a keen focus on creativity and enterprise, which also includes English and Maths GCSEs. You can find the full curriculum breakdown here.

Yes. Places are funded by the government, in a similar way to other schools.

Yes, the Junior College has a uniform. Information regarding this will be included in your enrolment pack. 

Yes. Eligible students will still receive free school meals, just as they would at their current schools.

We will be holding a series of Open Days and taster sessions to which we look forward to welcoming both parents and prospective students.

What is Pupil Premium Funding?

Publicly-funded schools in England, such as the Junior College, get extra funding from the government to help them improve the attainment of certain groups of students. This is called Pupil Premium.

Evidence shows that children from certain backgrounds:

  • Can face extra challenges in reaching their potential at school
  • Often do not perform as well as their peers
  • Miss out on some wider opportunities which develops them as all round individuals

The pupil premium grant is designed to allow schools to help disadvantaged pupils by improving their progress and the exam results they achieve.

Pupil premium relates to:

• Children who have qualified for free school meals at any point in the past six years. The school receives £1320 for each of these children.

• Children who are or have been looked after under local authority care for more than one day. These children are awarded a premium of £2300.

• Children from service families who receive a child pension from the Ministry of Defence. They are awarded £300.

Your child may be eligible for Income Related Free School Meals if you are in receipt of (or has been in the last 6 years) any of the following benefits.

• Universal Credit with an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400.

• Income Support

• Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance

• Income-related Employment and Support Allowance

• Support under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

• The guarantee element of Pension Credit

• Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for the four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)

• Child Tax Credit (with no Working Tax Credit) with an annual income of no more than £16,190

If you feel from this information your child is eligible for Pupil Premium, you will need to complete a Pupil premium/free school meals application and attach all relevant evidence; please contact juniorcollegefolkestone@eastkent.ac.uk for an application. In order to claim the funding, please complete and return to the Junior College reception by the end of Term 1. For more information on how Pupil Premium funding is used, please refer to our Pupil Premium Strategy Statement, which clearly outlines the impact the Pupil Premium funding had on learners last academic year.

Do you have further questions?