A new term has begun at Folkestone College, bringing with it more opportunities and developments than ever before!
Starting this term, we are delighted to announce that we have a new Principal taking over the helm, Donna Smith. Donna has previously served as Deputy Principal for Folkestone College after working in education throughout her career.
Replacing Donna as Deputy Principal role is Rob Roy, who joined the college as Assistant Principal last year.
You can meet our Senior Leadership Team here.
This academic year will see the introduction of many new courses, including the T Levels. Folkestone College is offering Onsite Construction and Education and Childcare, and this September we are welcoming new students onto these courses.
As time goes by and the T Levels are rolled out more broadly across the curriculum, the college is hoping to offer more T Level courses.
Developed by renowned industry leaders, T Levels are equal to three A Levels and allow students to gain essential work experience alongside their studies, giving them an edge over other applicants when the time comes to progress onto work, an apprenticeship, or university.
You can check out our T Level courses here.
Although not strictly a new addition, our Junior College has entered its second year, and a new cohort of students have enrolled for this new academic year.
For those of you who don’t know what a Junior College is, it is for students aged between fourteen and sixteen, who are ambitious and require more challenge than the mainstream education curriculum provides.
To join Junior College, you or your child needs to be going into year ten, as the learner will be committing to a two-year qualification, which includes GCSE English and Maths. With smaller classes, this is an ideal environment for learning if you or your child is creative and enterprising and would like to start developing employable skills early.
You can find out more about our Junior College and what they get up to here!
During the summer, work has begun on a new project to create an additional, front-facing learning facility on the Folkestone College campus. The new building will increase capacity with more teaching space, as well as hosting the main reception.
There will be additional facilities such as a front-facing salon, so that members of the public can come and experience affordable yet luxurious treatments from our hair and beauty learners. The new build will also allow Folkestone College to upgrade other areas such as sport, an industry which is booming over Kent.
The work is projected to be completed by June/July 2022.
Beside the new building, we are looking forward to the newly refurbished and renovated Ames Building, which is now going to be known as Anne’s Restaurant. Much like the Yarrow Hotel based on the Broadstairs College campus, the restaurant will allow our catering learners the opportunity to work in a real hospitality environment, serving members of the public delicious meals.
The work is projected to be completed within the first academic term, allowing our learners to start developing their skills straight away!