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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. 

Although the Junior College is located on the Folkestone College site, the students will have a 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. 

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?