Utilising the power of the GFC brand, we deliver an innovative education and sports programme for students who have previously experienced significant challenges in mainstream education.

By linking education and sport we aim to turn young people’s lives and set them onto a more positive track.

Based within MEMS Priestfield Stadium, The GFC School is seeing students, thrive and flourish in a safe and secure learning environment.

In addition to offering a stimulating curriculum, we provide a wide range of trips, visits, workshops and outdoor education, including forest school.

3rd April 2020

Dear Parents / Carers,

The government has today issued the following guidance to schools and colleges about the issuing of grades for year 11 and 13. The link is below,


The key points are:

  1. Schools will be asked to submit predicted grades no earlier than the 29th May 2020.
  2. Schools will submit both a grade and the rank order of pupils within that grade for each subject.
  3. There will be a national moderation process which takes into account things like prior performance and a school’s track record of results.
  4. Schools are not allowed to discuss or inform pupils or parents of the predicted grades they will be submitting under any circumstances.

As soon as I have any further information, I will update you as necessary. If you wish to discuss this further, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kind regards,

Lisa Darran – Head of Centre

Dear Parent/ Carer,

We understand how worrying the current Coronavirus situation is for our students, families and our staff. We want to update you regularly, so that you feel reassured that we are passing on all updates and any advice we receive from the Department for Education and Public Health England.

The current advice is that the most important thing individuals can do to protect themselves remains washing their hands more often, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water. Make sure you cough or sneeze into a tissue, put it in a bin and wash your hands.

Public Health England (PHE) are asking anyone who shows certain symptoms to self-isolate for 7 days, regardless of whether they have travelled to affected areas. This means that PHE want people to stay at home and avoid all but essential contact with others for 7 days from the point of displaying mild symptoms, to slow the spread of infection. The symptoms are:

  • a high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a sore throat

You do not need to call NHS 111 to go into self-isolation. If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after 7 days contact NHS 111 online at 111.nhs.uk<http://111.nhs.uk>. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.

The Department for Education operate a helpline for any parents, carers, children or staff members who would like further advice. T: 0800 046 8687 (available Mon to Fri 8am to 6pm).

The situation and government advice may change over the coming days and weeks. We would like to reassure you that we have good plans in place to ensure that all our students will have regular support from our staff, even if the school is forced to close.

We know this is a particularly difficult time for our young people and our staff team are doing their best to keep our normal routines going as much as possible and not speculate about the changing situation. We will continue to carefully follow government guidance and will of course act immediately as advice or instructions change.

We will keep updating you as we get more information.

Best wishes

Lisa Darran – Head of centre

Welcome to…

The GFC School

Where goals become successes

“The new leadership team has brought about rapid and sustainable improvements in the quality of teaching and outcomes for pupils.”          Ofsted May 2019

“My sincere congratulations to Gillingham F.C. for the recent Ofsted for its GFC School. To achieve outstanding ratings from Ofsted is no mean achievement, and can only reflect the dedication and determination of those involved in the school- from management right through to the students themselves.

GFC continues to play its part in the development of Medway, and I thank you all for what you are doing on behalf of Medway people.”

Councillor Alan Jarrett

Leader of the Council, Conservative

Our school is a specialist educational centre for students aged between 11 to 16 years who have or are experiencing significant barriers to learning, or who cannot access mainstream education. Several have been identified by their mainstream provision as being at risk of permanent exclusion, whilst some students have already been permanently excluded.

Based within MEMS Priestfield Stadium, the location of our school is of paramount importance to the learning needs of our students. As a small school, we pride ourselves on getting to know the students and catering for their individual needs both academically and personally.

All students who attend our school will be provided with a safe, stimulating, and challenging learning environment, and will be valued as an individual within a structured and supportive environment for students who find education and social situations a challenge.

The GFC School is proud to announce that we are now a Stonewall School Champion!

We have created an accepting and inclusive environment, and want to help lead the way to celebrate difference.

For more information about Stonewall, please click here.

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