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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


Well done BCGS U14 Girls Basketball team, excellent start to the season with a resounding 48-18 victory against Spires Academy.


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Join us on 3 Feb 5pm-7pm for another chance to see our school & talk about the post-16 courses being offered in Sept


Thank you to all staff, students & parents who have contributed to the Canterbury Food Bank with outstanding generosity


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Heading to an open day? Check out our top tips before you go!


We raised £122.27 for this year’s Poppy Appeal. Well done staff, students and visitors


We've raised £4757 in just 3 months for our 5 chosen charities + Jeans for Genes Day & the MacMillan Coffee Morning. Amazing work!


Good luck to everyone taking part in the District Cross Country today, especially BCGS students – all 32 of them!


We raised over £1k, TWICE last year’s total, with Rag Week activities & proceeds to BCGS charities - great fun!


Our Carol Service at Canterbury Cathedral on 8 Dec will feature the appropriately named Joseph in Y7 singing Once in Royal David’s City


Well done to Liberty in Y11 whose design has been chosen for our Christmas Card this year #design#artwork


Great work – students raised £132.48 for Great Ormond Street Bake it Better Campaign and we all enjoyed cakes!

KS4 Options

Students make excellent progress and achievement in all subjects is exceptionally high” - OFSTED 2014

“Teaching is outstanding." - OFSTED 2014

"Teachers teach the way that we learn, rather than us having to learn the way they teach." - KS4 Student

The English Baccalaureate (EBacc)

All students will have the opportunity to study the English Baccalaureate qualification. This award recognises students who are able to pursue a broad range of academic subjects at GCSE to a high standard.  This prestigious award is recognised by employers and university admissions tutors as a way of selecting students for jobs or for university places.

To achieve the EBacc, students must gain a GSCE grade 9-5 in six subjects.
These subjects must include:

  • Mathematics
  • English Language
  • 2 Sciences (2 from Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Computer Science, Combined Science (2 GCSEs)
  • 1 Humanity (1 from History or Geography)
  • 1 Language (1 from Spanish or French)

All students at Barton Court follow a KS4 curriculum that allows them to gain the Ebacc.

The EBacc qualification will be ideal preparation for Post-16 study and in particular the study of the AQA Baccalaureate (the A Level Baccalaureate), and provides all students with a broad range of academic subjects upon which to build any future career options.

What does the KS4 curriculum look like?

All students continue to study a core curriculum of 9 GCSEs for three years, in Years 9 – 11:

  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Science (Triple Award or Combined Science)
  • French or  Spanish
  • History or Geography
  • Religion, Philosophy and Ethics (includes Religious Studies GCSE and the statutory
  • elements of Personal Social Health Economic Education)
  • Core PE (non-examined)

In addition to this suite of academic subjects that all students will be expected to study at GCSE, students will have the freedom to choose two additional subjects to study throughout Years 9, 10 and 11. These subjects cover a wide range of choice from the creative arts, to an additional humanity or language.

New Format GCSE courses

Subjects that are being offered are all new format GCSE courses. The GCSE courses are all linear with examinations held at the end of the course. These examinations include extended questions requiring students to write at length in order to gain the highest marks/grades. There is a greater emphasis on problem solving and application of knowledge. Controlled assessments or coursework has been significantly reduced or completely removed, making the new courses more rigorous and more difficult than older specifications.

The new GCSE courses also include the new grade system from 9 (HIGHEST) to 1 (LOWEST) for all GCSE examinations.  The greater differentiation in this grade scheme, means that there is more opportunity for students to work towards the very highest grade of 9, which is only targeted at the top 3% of the students entered nationally for the examination.  The government has made it clear that the Grade 5 is considered a GOOD PASS and the Grade 4 is a STANDARD PASS, all students must aim for this minimum benchmark or higher. In the future School Sixth Forms, Colleges, Universities and employers will be looking for passes at Grade 5 or higher for entry to courses, apprenticeships, employment and training.

The following table indicates the expected equivalence between the old GCSE grades and the new GCSE grades.

New GCSE Grading Structure


“The school provides students with an outstanding curriculum that effectively meets their needs and aspirations” - OFSTED

“The school is a happy and harmonious community where students are motivated to achieve as well as possible and develop into confident and successful young adults” - OFSTED

 “Students’ achievement is outstanding” - OFSTED