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Sixth Form Centre

In the Summer of 2013, The Folkestone Academy reached an agreement with The Creative Foundation  to take up the tenancy of The Glassworks in Folkestone’s Creative Quarter from September 2013. The Glassworks Sixth Form Centre offers a dedicated learning environment for the Academy’s growing Sixth Form.

The new site helps to relieve pressure in space at the Academy’s main building and provides a setting where older students can study in an independent and relaxed environment. Currently the Academy teaches 240 post-16 students and this is expected to rise, placing further strain on the space available. The Glassworks Sixth Form Centre frees up considerable space at The Academy, which is itself oversubscribed, and will help provide a bridge between secondary education and higher education and employment.

With the relocation, there also comes an opportunity to further develop the dynamic and vibrant partnership that has been established with The Creative Foundation. Folkestone’s Creative Quarter now benefits from the presence of an education-focused community of young people, supporting local businesses and venues. With over 70 courses on offer covering a variety of Level 3 subjects there is plenty of potential to engage with the Creative Foundation and its tenants.

Principal of The Folkestone Academy Sean Heslop comments: “This is a hugely exciting development both for our young people and for Folkestone. It allows us to combine the very best of a Sixth Form College with the reputation, ethos and success of the Academy. This has come about as a result of our popularity. We wanted to ensure that parents got the places they wanted while not compromising on the learning experience of our Sixth Formers. We also believe that it will have a hugely beneficial impact on the Creative Quarter area of Folkestone. Every day there will be over 350 educated, smart, ambitious young people coming into the area to study and make plans for their futures. That can only be a good thing.”

Chief Executive of The Creative Foundation Alastair Upton said: “We are delighted that the Folkestone Academy’s Sixth Form has joined us in the Creative Quarter. A student campus adds vitality and life to a town, and we are really pleased that the Glassworks will continue to be used for education purposes and play an important role in the community.”