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Turner Schools Turner Schools to form partnership with three local secondaries, putting Folkestone First

Turner Schools to form partnership with three local secondaries, putting Folkestone First

News : 01 September 2017

++ New chapter of collaboration with Folkestone Academy, The King’s School Canterbury, and The Folkestone School for Girls ++

++ New appointments with Professor Carl Lygo named as Chair and Dr Jo Saxton as Chief Executive of Folkestone Academy ++

New academy trust, Turner Schools has joined forces with three local secondary schools, marking a new chapter of collaboration. Building on existing working relationships between The King’s School Canterbury, The Folkestone School for Girls and Folkestone Academy, the Turner Schools team joins the collaboration with immediate effect.

Professor Carl Lygo and Dr Jo Saxton of Turner Schools welcomed the invitation to work directly with Folkestone Academy, enabling a partnership to put the young people of Folkestone first. Evidence across the country shows that schools and their pupils thrive working in partnership and it is particularly important at a time of budget reductions.

Under the new collaboration, Professor Lygo will succeed Sir Roger De Haan as the Chair of Folkestone Academy. Professor Lygo is also chair of Turner Schools. Dr Jo Saxton will also take up position as the Chief Executive of Folkestone Academy.

Dr Jo Saxton said:

“I am delighted to accept the invitation of Sir Roger and the Trustees to work with Folkestone Academy, developing existing partnerships – specifically with The King’s School Canterbury and The Folkestone School for Girls. Together we will serve the community with passion and integrity, and together we will deliver our new free school in Folkestone.

Professor Carl Lygo said:

“Through partnership working, we will put the young people of Folkestone first. Together we are determined to ensure that Folkestone becomes synonymous with success without selection.”

Sir Roger De Haan said:

“I hold Dr Saxton in very high regard and am delighted that she has agreed to take on the role of Chief Executive for Folkestone Academy. These new arrangements allow for a powerful collaboration between Turner Schools, Folkestone Academy and its existing partners, The Folkestone School for Girls and The King’s School, Canterbury. This new partnership working and the shared expertise it brings, will deliver tremendous benefits for Folkestone Academy and all the schools in the town.”

Notes to Editors

  1. Turner Schools is a new academy trust, sponsoring two primary schools and recently approved to open a new non-selective secondary school to serve the families of Folkestone.
  2. The King’s School Canterbury is the Co-Sponsor of the Folkestone Academy.
  3. The Folkestone School for Girls and Folkestone Academy work closely together on teacher and leadership training. Headteacher Mrs Luke is already a trustee of Folkestone Academy.