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14/07/17

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

21/06/17

Well done to our new equestrian team - 2nd in the National Schools NSEA Show Jumping qualifiers for a place in the championships in October! https://t.co/YDKOL80VxF

20/03/17

Retweeted From Queens' Admissions

And the 7th student roadshow begins . 4 teams, 50 schools, 5 days https://t.co/VP8A5bnQbK

16/03/17

Retweeted From Betteridge & Milsom

The sun is shining and the steel frame is almost complete https://t.co/5ZRUEwoyK7

13/03/17

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

20/02/17

Retweeted From Betteridge & Milsom

Barton Court Grammar School development continues with steel frame due to arrive next week; https://t.co/vCB5rplbBl

01/02/17

Please come along to our Sixth Form Information Evening tonight 5pm-7pm and talk to staff and current students about the courses we offer. https://t.co/gc0J14Q2gN

08/12/16

Retweeted From Betteridge & Milsom

Christmas Concert at Canterbury Cathedral; great turn out and wonderful choir & orchestra. Proud to be invited as VIP guests https://t.co/bU6yONdc1w

08/12/16

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

09/11/16

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

30/06/16

Amazing Y5 Taster Morning with primary school students getting a taste of lessons in an Ofsted "Outstanding" grammar https://t.co/wuqfhabGx5

14/03/16

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

11/03/16

Open mornings for prospective parents & students on Mon 14 Mar & Wed 16 Mar who may be considering a place at BCGS. https://t.co/sP1T0VV1a6

12/02/16

Valentine cupcakes purchased anonymously & delivered to staff and students today with £331 raised for our charities! https://t.co/X67GNkyUL0

09/02/16

3 BCGS students won outstanding recognition in the NCS programme raising £700 for charity & volunteering for 60+ hrs https://t.co/9Ds5bLWNUh

03/02/16

Don't forget our Sixth Form Information Evening tonight 5pm-7pm come and find out what post-16 courses are on offer https://t.co/qWB11F4kDV

02/02/16

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.

15/01/16

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

13/01/16

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

12/01/16

Retweeted From UCAS Online

Unsure how to write your personal statement? This video has heaps of inspiration... https://t.co/yxvXxUEI1M

05/01/16

Join us on 3 Feb 5pm-7pm for another chance to see our school & talk about the post-16 courses being offered in Sept https://t.co/vRsZy5sDX1

18/12/15

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

03/12/15

Retweeted From UCAS Online

Heading to an open day? Check out our top tips before you go! https://t.co/Ia4I5KGA6X https://t.co/AwbSuKbp2F

03/12/15

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

27/11/15

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

27/11/15

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

25/11/15

We raised over £1k, TWICE last year’s total, with Rag Week activities & proceeds to BCGS charities - great fun! https://t.co/4HZsS06JaX

25/11/15

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

20/11/15

Well done to Liberty in Y11 whose design has been chosen for our Christmas Card this year #design#artwork https://t.co/ar3syc7PaV

19/11/15

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

19/11/15

Rag Week continues with tons of fundraising, soak the teacher, karaoke, bake sales, fancy dress & Stars In Their Eyes.

17/11/15

Great Eco Schools assembly from Y7 students today – remember to switch off lights & computers when not in use to save energy

11/11/15

Don’t forget our Sixth Form Open Evening tonight 7pm-9pm. Come along and see what we can offer in Post-16 courses.

19/10/15

Y5 students enjoyed our first fantastic Gifted & Talented Session with the English Department and came out buzzing! http://t.co/ev0QUT5LAb

19/10/15

We welcomed almost 100 families to our Open Morning today. Please join us at the next one tomorrow & again on Thursday 23 October, 9am-11am.

15/10/15

We're looking forward to some fantastic and innovative ideas of making money with our first ever Dragon's Den Young Enterprise Challenge.

15/10/15

If you missed our last 11+ Open Evening, the next one is Wed 21 October, essential to book for the Headteacher presentation 6.10pm or 7.10pm

14/10/15

Don’t forget Open Mornings are next Monday 19th, Tuesday 20 and Thursday 22nd, 9am-11am.

13/10/15

Retweeted From Kent Young Chef

10 days to go! Are you our next top chef? Enter Kent Young Chef Award 2015 http://t.co/4rHqd4TL4U http://t.co/RNKx8sbYuy

13/10/15

Success for DofE students this weekend both groups passed their Bronze Award Expedition well done all! http://t.co/1TC3dj3lLl

Why Thinking Schools?

Barton Court has chosen the Thinking School Approach because it is “transformational”.

Why?

  • “It is hard to achieve and therefore worth doing”
  • It has, at its heart, a complete focus on transforming learning rather than just teaching
  • It has sustainability
  • If successful it creates a common language of learning
  • Students use thinking tools independently
  • It has helped create an environment of “continuous improvement” and striving for the next challenge
  • “It breaks down geographical, political, cultural and financial disparities and barriers” (RGS)

In order to try to explain our decision to become a Thinking School, the information below has been organised using the De Bono’s 6 Hat Thinking Strategies. This Thinking Tool allows us to analyse and evaluate information from a variety of perspectives. The green and red hat thinking poses questions for you to consider.

Thinking Hat   WhiteThe White Hat (Facts and Statistics)

We are committed to the development of cognitive education and we invest, time, energy and money into research, development and evaluation of a broad range of thinking tools and activities. We have a team of teachers who are committed to develop the Thinking School approach. We have a Thinking Map accredited trainer who has trained all staff on the use of the 8 Thinking Maps and we have Lead Practitioners working on the development of Thinking Hats, Habits of Mind and Thinkers Keys. Whole staff have been trained in the use of the 6 Hats. We are proud to say that we have embedded the 8 maps in our curriculum, pastoral and leadership programmes and are starting to do the same with the Hats. We have been attending the International Thinking School Conference for the last two years where we have been given the chance to work with TSI (Thinking Schools International) and Kestrel Education. This allows us to make connections with other schools and to work with external consultants providing excellent CPD.

Thinking Hat   BlueThe Blue Hat (Organisational Aspects)

The idea of a Thinking School must transcend the entire organisation from the Head teacher and Governors, Senior/Middle Leaders, teachers, support staff and students. The Thinking agenda is largely driven by the Assistant Head teacher (Mrs Benard-Grosso) together with the Senior Lead Practitioner (Nick Harvey) and the Lead Practitioner team and Staff Drive Team driven by the Head teacher. We also have a team of motivated and committed Thinking School Representatives who are part of our Student Drive Team.  All these individuals have a real passion for developing cognitive education within the School.

All members of staff are expected to help with the implementation, development and assessment of thinking strategies. This applies to Form Tutors, Curriculum Leaders, the Senior Leadership Team, teaching staff and administrative staff. The commitment to cognitive education and ways of thinking are part of performance management for ALL staff.

Thinking Hat   YellowThe Yellow Hat (All the great things!)

So what has happened as a result of introducing these strategies and ideas?

  • Work has become more visual, structured, concise and more personalised
  • There are more transferrable skills between curriculum areas
  • There is a clear school vision
  • Increased dialogue between curriculum areas and teaching staff
  • Clarity of CPD and performance management
  • Student understanding of different thought processes
  • Lessons are more varied and more interactive
  • Students and staff are becoming even more reflective
  • Higher level questioning has become natural
  • Students are beginning to take more ownership and responsibility for their work
  • Our message is spreading to other secondary schools, partnership schools and feeder schools
  • Students are moving from what they know to how they know
  • Students are becoming more fluent in how to explain their own thinking
  • A pastoral programme that is meaningful and reflective

Thinkin Hat   BlackThe Black Hat ( The Challenges and Barriers/ Problems)

  • Implementing new ideas to begin with seems forced, disingenuous and ironically leads to a lack of originality in lessons
  • How to train whole staff and students? Through enrichment day?
  • Maps can be used as a graphic support and not as a thinking process.
  • Once a new strategy is embedded along comes another!  When do we stop and how do we sustain what we have?
  • Training new staff ( incl. NQTs, PGCEs)
  • New students - how do we induct them without increasing work for ourselves?
  • How to ensure consistency?
  • How to engage everyone without creating confusion/ irritation and lack of independence
  • Performance management – encourage teachers even if they do not agree with the principle of cognitive education.  The issue of the tick box approach?
  • Sustainability – staff turnover?

Thinking Hat   RedThe Red Hat (Emotional Response)

  • As a potential teacher/ leader, how do you feel about our thinking skills approach?
  • Ask yourself how well you would fit in. Does the thought of this inspire you or the opposite?
  • How do you feel about delivering this in the classroom/ curriculum/ pastoral?
  • What is your immediate reaction? Your “gut feeling”?

Thinking Hat   GreenThe Green Hat (Creativity/Solutions)

  • Take a look at the Black Hat again. What ideas could you bring to knock down some of these brick walls?
  • What experience have you had with similar problems? How did you solve or approach these?
  • Have you used any thinking strategies in your previous jobs? Were they successful? What can we learn from your experience
  • What can you offer to BCGS as a thinking school?