FSG Bacc

"Believe in yourself. You are braver than you think, more talented than you know, and capable of more than you imagine."


Personal Development and Character Education

We believe that education must maintain a balance between intellect and character. An outstanding education is not either/or. It is both. 

Exam results are what you get; they do not define who you are and will play only a part in shaping who you become.

The Folkestone School for Girls provides access to a wealth of additional opportunities within school through our comprehensive personal development & character education programme, The FSGBacc.  There are opportunities to take part in a host of different sports clubs and competitions, to participate in our many Dance and Drama productions or indeed to sing or play in one of our many choirs, ensembles or musical evenings.  There’s action and adventure on our Mountain bike trail, climbing wall or through archery. We have our own radio station, “FSGRadio – Rock the boat”; we even have our own Escape Room!


Students in year 7 & 8 have FSGBacc afternoons once a fortnight as part of their school day.



FSGBacc mornings/afternoons in years 7 & 8

Students in Years 7 & 8 enjoy 1 x FSGBacc morning/afternoon each fortnight


In Year 7, every student has;

2 x terms Mountain Biking

2 x term climbing

1 x term self – defence

1 x term Commando Joes (problem solving activities)

And over the year every student will have the opportunity to create their own Radio Broadcast and to escape the Escape Room.


In Year 8, every student has;

1 x term of Mountain Biking

1 x term of archery

1 x term of climbing

1 x term of Cheerleading

2 x term of ‘language ambassadors’ culminating in each student presenting to/leading a MFL language session in a local primary school!!


In Years 9 & 10 FSGBacc activities are absorbed into PE time with each class having 4 hours worth of PE over the fortnight. These are arranged as two single PE lessons and 1 double slot. Double slots are overstaffed so that students can enjoy traditional PE styles activities but also access the climbing wall, archery and mountain bike resources which require much smaller group sizes and longer sessions for safety reasons.


In Year 8, students can join our Combined Cadet Force, students in years 9, 10 and beyond can access the Duke of Edinburgh Award programme and the Young Enterprise programme. We also have Debating Societies, Language Ambassadors, Peer Mentors, Young Magistrates, FSGRadio, Cheer, Young Enterprise and many other clubs, teams, performances and activities throughout the year. We believe this is in an incredibly important part of education. Being part of a club or organisation requires teamwork and commitment. It develops self-confidence and simply can allow us all to grow and flourish in other arenas. Employers too are looking for these attributes. A broad and strong portfolio of academic qualifications is important but equally so is the chance to demonstrate what else you have done and can do! What will you talk about at a job or university interview? What would be your talking point?


Complementing our rigorous, academic curriculum, then, all students will take part in a personal challenge to develop attributes such as self-confidence, determination, resilience, teamwork and leadership. We call this the FSGBacc. We think it’s so important that it’s a part of our formal curriculum in years 7, 8 , 9 and 10 with time during the working week dedicated solely to this.


‘Know thyself’ said Socrates. The FSGBacc pushes you out of your comfort zone; challenges you to test yourself; to pit you against you be that on the sports field, the mountain bike trail, the climbing wall or the stage; on expedition with Duke of Edinburgh or on night exercises with the CCF? You will learn to know yourself; and all that you can do.


We believe that whilst exam results don’t define us, a lack of confidence can! Those who lack confidence don’t join in, don’t sign up, don’t take part, don’t have a go. They settle!

Opportunities are missed.

Options are narrowed.

Doors closed.


That lack of confidence starts to chart their course for the future and to define the person they become - but working together, parents and school, can tackle that. Be it scaling the climbing wall, riding the mountain bike trail or performing on the stage we aim to show you that You are capable of more than you know. If we can help you to realise that, then you will never settle for anything less.


You’ll feel Ten Feet Tall

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The Evidence for FSGBacc

Academic success is easy to demonstrate. Character/mettle/resilience much less so and it is acknowledged that impact may take years to show on the individual.

However, a research project on the lifelong value of Out-of-Classroom Learning Experiences (OOCLEs) commissioned by Gordonstoun School and carried out by The University of Edinburgh noted that an astonishing 94% of respondents claimed that OOCLEs had an overwhelmingly positive impact on their personal growth; “A curriculum rich in OOCLEs leads students to develop personal responsibility, teamwork and leadership skills”

"Students develop a generalised personal confidence and resilience through participation in OOCLEs, on which they are then able to draw when facing new chllanges both at school and beyond."

In other words...

Confidence is transferable

Lifelong learners


A similar survey, carried out by the University of Northampton’s Institute for Social innovation and Impact on Cadet Forces in the UK similarly found that ‘cadets have improved self-efficacy because of the activities they undertake’ resulting in increased social mobility, improved educational outcomes, improved mental and physical wellbeing & enhanced employability. It concludes; “participation in the Cadet Forces has significant positive impacts on young people, increasing their performance at school and improving their employment and career prospects. The impact is particularly strong for those cadets that suffer economic and other disadvantages; it is very possible that being a cadet is, for a young person from an economically disadvantaged background, a key factor that enables them to achieve positive life outcomes”


Specifically, participation in UK Cadet Forces:


We would assert that our FSGBacc programme has a similar impact on self-efficacy for our students because of the activities they undertake. Self-efficacy is a concept that relates to an individual’s confidence, motivation and self-esteem and their belief in their ability to exert control over their environment. A high level of self-efficacy is significantly correlated with educational and employability performance and motivation


A 2008 report published by Ofsted, on ‘Learning outside of the classroom’ acknowledged that ‘learning outside the classroom contributed significantly to raising standards and improving pupils personal, social and emotional development’ and that ‘memorable activities lead to memorable learning’.

“Such hands-on activities led to improved outcomes for pupils and students, including better achievement, standards, motivation, personal development and behaviour. The survey also found examples of the positive effects of learning outside the classroom on young people who were hard to motivate”

 It concludes that ‘the most effectively led, managed and confident schools included ‘Learning outside of the Classroom’ as an integrated part of a well-planned effective curriculum

…and more recently

The Centre for Education & Youth in their report on Enriching Education Recovery agree;

There is robust evidence linking NFL (non-formal learning*) to improved educational outcomes, employment prospects, and physical and mental health. Investment in this area can also deliver economic benefits in the longer-term through improving educational outcomes and life skills”

They further report that; “Recent polling shows that - whilst people recognise that children and young people need extra support with formal, academic catch up, even larger proportions agree with the need for more access to extracurricular activities and wider learning experiences: almost 9 in 10 teachers (88%), and 8 in 10 parents and children and young people (78% and 80% respectively) want to see more around this. There is appetite among children, parents and teachers for extracurricular and enrichment activities to be a more integral part of the existing school day. There is an opportunity for schools to offer a gateway for children and young people to access NFL both within the school, as well as connecting them to off-site opportunities”


* NFL takes place outside of such a classroom environment, with students participating in activities or acquiring a skill that is not formally assessed and is not always delivered by teachers. People typically refer to them as “extra-curricular activities”



At The Folkestone School for Girls we’d extend the findings of this research to the impact of all the activities that we offer as part of our FSGBacc.

All will make you Learn, Grow & Develop.


It is the desire to do just that, and the evidence of your desire to do just that, to Learn, Grow & Develop yourself, to push yourself, to challenge yourself; to be the best version of yourself that employers want to see.


….and they are just good fun, too!

FSGBacc Booklet

If you prefer to print our booklet of activities, then you can find everything you need here.

FSGbacc Booklet 2021.pdf