Culture & Service

We provide a series of activities that give our students every chance to develop co-curricular abilities and experiences.


During a student’s time with us, we ask them to commit to at least one term’s weekly “service”. This means that they should participate in an activity that benefits those less fortunate. It also helps our students to understand that sometimes giving time instead of money can be more effective in the long run and certainly more rewarding.

The activities vary and can be very student-led depending upon their personal interests, but may include helping the elderly, volunteering in hospital or an animal shelter, or reading with the children in a primary school. We also hold regular fundraising events for local and international charities, such as Rwanda Action.


Students take their first steps towards joining a global community dedicated to the service of others with fundraising events and awareness activities. For example, our students recently spent a night sleeping outside in the school gardens to bring awareness for the homeless, and to raise money for local charity, Porchlight. They also organise regular non-uniform days and parties to raise for the donations towards local non-profit organisations. Interact also works in partnership with the Earlscliffe Business Academy, to generate an understanding of social entrepreneurship.

Interact runs under the sponsorship and guidance of the local Folkestone Rotary Club.


We encourage our international students to fully integrate with life in the UK. This includes regular visits to our capital city, London, and its most famous landmarks and museums. We also like them to experience a wide range of art, music and film and to recognise and celebrate the traditions and customs of people throughout the world.

Below we list just some of our annual cultural activities:

  • In 2012, Earlscliffe became one of the very few UNESCO-associated schools in the UK and takes its membership very seriously, doing as much as it can to fulfil the UNESCO mission. The Earlscliffe UNESCO visit to New York includes a visit to the United Nations and a UNESCO-themed day and debate in a US high school.
  • Our art students exhibit their work twice a year in shows to celebrate their various expressive achievements and to explain a little bit about their own inspirations and influences to peers and guests. Students also curate displays of their work around the school in our permanent galleries.
  • Two or three times a year we invite a guest speaker to provide a personal insight on their career at a formal evening event. Students are often inspired at these events to investigate and consider alternative career pathways.
  • The Model United Nations is a debate society that meets to discuss global political issues. Our teams regularly participate in conferences in and around London. The society teams up with the UNESCO group for the annual New York trip. This activity builds not only skills and knowledge but also confidence.
  • Earlscliffe is a sponsor of TEDx Folkestone and our students participate in hosting this headline event.
  • Trips are arranged throughout the year, for entertainment and enrichment, to venues such as Thorpe Park, Go Ape, Paintballing, The Harry PotterTM Studios, quad biking and ice-skating.