Student Information

Leisure centre

The nearest leisure centre is only 10 minutes walk from the school. The centre has a swimming pool, a gym, sun beds, saunas and fitness classes. They will also be able to give you details of other sports clubs. The address is as follows:

Folkestone Sports Centre
Radnor Park Avenue

Tel: 01303 850222


You may direct letters to the school's office if you wish. Letters to students are distributed in classrooms before lessons. You can check every day if there is post for you.

School letters: The school can issue an official letter for a student for free. It usually takes one day to prepare a letter. You will need a letter for the following purposes:

To open a bank account
To extend your visa
To claim a council tax discount
To get back into the UK if you are going on holiday abroad
To join a public library


The nearest library is only 5 minutes walking distance from the school and the address is as follows:

Folkestone Library
2 Grace Hill

Tel: 01303 850123


The Police can be contacted by dialling "999" on the phone.

This is also the telephone number for calling the fire brigade or an ambulance.

The address of the nearest police station is:

Kent County Police
Bouverie Square,
Bouverie Rd West,

Report lost or found property (8am - 10pm) Tel: 01303 289183

Report a non 999 crime (24h) Tel: 01303 289127

Deal with any other Police matter (24h) Tel: 01303850055

Police Registration as an Alien

Often when you arrive in Britain or when you extend your visa the immigration authorities will ask you to register as an alien. To do this you must take £34, two identical passport photographs of yourself, your passport and your current address in the UK (ring first for an appointment) to the following address:

Nationality Department
Longport Police Station,
Ashford Rd,
Kent  CT18 8AP

Tel: 01304 218196

The Aliens Registration Office is open Monday to Friday, from 9 to 4.45 p.m

Phone calls


Ask in the office for instructions on calling your home country. The international operator number is 155. Phone cards are available from the office. They are a convenient way to make calls without requiring coins. The cheapest time to make a phone call is between 6 p.m. and 8 a.m., plus all day Saturday and all day Sunday.

From Your Accommodation:

Outgoing telephone calls are usually not possible in student accommodation/home stays. Ask your host family about their policy regarding incoming calls. We suggest that you keep your conversations brief so that your host families are more likely to welcome such calls.

From AES School Office:

It is not possible for students to send or receive phone calls at the School's Office (emergency cases only).

Post Office

The details of the nearest post office which is only one minute away from the school are as follows:
Folkestone Post Office - Sandgate Rd, Folkestone (just opposite Debenhams and inside WH Smith)

Shopping areas

There are many shops around Folkestone. The main shopping centre is situated in Bouverie Square right in the centre of town.  We also have the local market which takes place twice a week (Thursday & Saturday) in the pedestrian area.             A new shopping centre "McCarthy Designer Outlets" is in Ashford .


AES has a non-smoking policy. Smoking is only permitted outside the school.  We have a special designated smoking area at the back of the building.

Important telephone numbers

The school: 01303 210808
The school's 24 hour emergency number: 07859 334448
Emergency services: 999 (Police, Fire Brigade, Ambulance)
International Telephone Operator: 155
Telephone Directory Enquiries (UK): 118118, 118247, 118156
Home Office Enquiries: 08702 410645 / 02072 734000
Shepway, Folkestone Civic Centre: 01303 850388
Licensed Taxi Company (Folkestone Taxis): 01303 252000
National Rail Enquiries(Timetable): 08457 484950
National Express (Folkestone - London): 09064 14264824 h talking timetable


We will be happy to arrange a taxi transfer for you from any London airport, prices start from £100 each way .  If you require further information about other ways of transport to Folkestone, please contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

Who to contact

The School office is open from 8.00am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday.

If you need to talk to anyone from the school about your home stay or classes, you can come and talk to us in the office. We are here to help. We will be happy to give advice or information about anything you are interested in.

Tel: +44 (0) 1303 210808
Fax: +44 (0) 1303 210809


There are many places of prayer and religious worship within easy reach of the school. The Accommodation and Welfare Officer has a full list of places of worship in the local area, and will be pleased to provide such details to students either prior to arrival or once at the school.

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