Folkestone has pockets of deprivation and as such the town’s primary schools struggle to get good results. Only two: St Eanswythe’s CofE in Church Street and Sandgate in Coolinge Lane are judged “outstanding” by the government’s education watchdog Ofsted.
The following are judged “good”: All Saints CofE in Stanley Road; Harcourt in Biggins Wood Road; Cheriton in Church Road, Cheriton; The Churchill in Haven Drive and Capel-le-Ferne in Capel Street, Capel-le-Ferne and Hawkinge in Canterbury Road in the village of Hawkinge.
Folkestone has two grammar schools, both of which get excellent exam results: Harvey Grammar in Cheriton Road (boys ages 11 to 18) and Folkestone School for Girls (girls, ages 11 to 18) with some course sharing in the sixth form; the former is judged “good”, the later “outstanding”. Dover College (ages three to 18) in nearby Dover is a private day and boarding school.
University Centre Folkestone, specialising in the performing and visual arts, business and enterprise, opened in 2008 and is a joint venture between the Creative Foundation, Greenwich University and Canterbury Christ Church University.