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A reminder that our Sixth Form Open Evening is on Wednesday 29 January 6.45pm-9.00pm. Come and see what Sixth Form is like at Barton Court, great staff, lovely new buildings and brilliant teaching & learning.


Our Y5 Taster Morning on Saturday 29 June 2019 is now open for bookings. Primary school pupils in Y5 are eligible to attend for a taster of life at Barton Court. Places are already being booked so don't delay! Details on our website.


Congratulations to our Y10 Basketball Team who finished in 3rd place in the Kent Youth Games last week.


Thank you for a great session on Sports Psychology - oh to be this relaxed!


Sorry we've been a little quiet on Twitter lately so just catching up. We will definitely investigate this and can only apologise if our students were involved. Thank you for bringing it to our attention.


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Brilliant first show of in Canterbury & workshop with the fantastic students thanks for having us!


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therapy escape room challenge careers event, student groups work hard to assess Mr.Davies -great fun!


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Great to be back at today at their careers fair. Using our top trump job cards to help inspire the students with careers in construction!


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had a great 👍🏼 morning for a Focus Day for students thanks to Sue , Sarah , Edith, Jacqueline, Cindy, Elena, Rachel and Michelle. Some fab engagement ladies! 🤩


Tired, muddy legs equals Cross Country runs!


BCGS is again celebrating following publication of provisional progress scores for Y11 students in 2018. Provisional scores show we are the 2nd best school in the area for the progress students make from Y7 & the leading co-ed grammar in the local area by a significant margin.


Looking forward to welcoming students and parents to our first Open Evening tomorrow, 4 October. Don't forget to book for the Headteacher's presentation at 7.10pm. 6.10pm is now full.


Rag Week this week in school and Einstein House have got off to a flying start with a mega cake sale this morning!


Our new build is looking amazing!


Thank you for a great Samba workshop. Everybody is looking forward to the Canterbury Festival & opening parade on Saturday!


students voted to support you again this year! £4k already raised in just 2 months.


We raised nearly £11k for charity last year & welcomed to collect their chqs


We are looking forward to welcoming prospective students and their parents to our first Open Evening tonight, 6pm-8pm.


Looking forward to welcoming prospective students and parents to School tomorrow for the first of our Open Evenings, 6pm-8pm.


Calling on Philip Hammond for urgent action over the severe underfunding of 16-19 education - we need more money!


Today we are mostly eating cake for - £195 raised!


Congrats to 13 of our BCGS students shortlisted for the John Downton Art Awards , with work exhibited at County Hall, Maidstone 23 Oct-4 Dec


Just confirmed that BCGS students and staff have smashed their fund raising target and exceeded £10k for our charities. Amazing work!


Well done to our new equestrian team - 2nd in the National Schools NSEA Show Jumping qualifiers for a place in the championships in October!


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And the 7th student roadshow begins . 4 teams, 50 schools, 5 days


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The sun is shining and the steel frame is almost complete


Looking forward to meeting parents & students who are considering appealing for a Y7 place in September during today's Open Morning 9am-11am


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Barton Court Grammar School development continues with steel frame due to arrive next week;


Please come along to our Sixth Form Information Evening tonight 5pm-7pm and talk to staff and current students about the courses we offer.


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Christmas Concert at Canterbury Cathedral; great turn out and wonderful choir & orchestra. Proud to be invited as VIP guests


Thank you for the kind words. Glad you enjoyed it.


Looking forward to welcoming visitors to our Sixth Form Open Evening tonight, Wednesday 9 November 2016 starting at 6.45pm.


Amazing Y5 Taster Morning with primary school students getting a taste of lessons in an Ofsted "Outstanding" grammar


4 of our students & a teacher have been shortlisted for the Turner Contemporary's Portfolio Art Comp - well done, an amazing achievement!


Open mornings for prospective parents & students on Mon 14 Mar & Wed 16 Mar who may be considering a place at BCGS.


Valentine cupcakes purchased anonymously & delivered to staff and students today with £331 raised for our charities!


3 BCGS students won outstanding recognition in the NCS programme raising £700 for charity & volunteering for 60+ hrs


Don't forget our Sixth Form Information Evening tonight 5pm-7pm come and find out what post-16 courses are on offer


Sixth Form Info Evening Wed 3 Feb, 5pm-7pm. Come along & find out about the subjects that interest you for post-16 study. No need to book.


Smash Up Badminton Club has paid off with our U16 badminton team 2nd in Kent School Games defeating Kent College & Fulston Manor & U14s 3rd

Cologne Christmas Markets 2018

Posted on: 01/12/2018

What a start to December! On Friday 30 November, we left for our trip to Cologne, and it was, to say the least, absolutely fantastic.

Despite the early arrival, it was thrilling to be waking up in Cologne – right next to its renowned Cathedral. The beautiful feat of gothic architecture is the second tallest cathedral in Europe. Construction began in 1248, and to this day, has never been fully completed, since the fragile decorations are constantly being eroded by rain.

Throughout the day, we visited the ‘Markt der Engel’ and the ‘Kölner Dom’ market, as well as spending time shopping in the city centre and visiting the Lindt Chocolate Museum. This was my favourite part of the day, mainly because of the free chocolate samples, though the history was fascinating as well. Did you know that chocolate has its origins in the Maya and Aztecs? They used cacao beans in making fermented beverages over 2000 years ago!

However, it would be an understatement to say that the chocolate museum was the best part of the day. That title would go to Cologne’s Christmas markets, which are very well known for their beautiful decorations and traditional German meals. Having now experienced a piece of such wonderful German culture, it is clear to see why. Markt der Engel offered a variety of delicious dishes, from the classic Bratwurst and Schnitzel, to honey roasted nuts and fresh churros, as well as plenty of festive huts selling all kinds of stunning Christmas decorations.

If you hadn’t found the food to be enough, then the atmosphere and decorations would certainly have made you think otherwise. Unfortunately, we were in the Markt der Engel during the day, meaning that we didn’t get a chance to see the gorgeous star shaped lights in the trees whilst it was dark. They’re decorated to look like the stars in the night sky, creating a rather unique yet stunning, effect. It was the Old Town of Cologne that hosted the original Christmas market back in 1820 and, almost two hundred years later, the tradition continues.

Busy and atmospheric, we spent the afternoon shopping among natives and other tourists, even practising our German phrases ourselves! One student found this part of the day ‘awesome, having so much opportunity to buy so many lovely things’, which I can definitely agree with. The entire day was a fantastic experience, and I would most definitely recommend the trip to anyone looking for a day of eating delicious food, shopping and experiencing some true German culture. 

A massive thank you to Ms Croft and the other teachers who made the trip as amazing as it was!


Anna - Year 10

Written by Ms Croft

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