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12/10/17

Our new build is looking amazing! https://t.co/cORPIpX6aB

12/10/17

Thank you for a great Samba workshop. Everybody is looking forward to the Canterbury Festival & opening parade on Saturday! https://t.co/2zDEpCJOu5

12/10/17

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

06/10/17

We raised nearly £11k for charity last year & welcomed to collect their chqs https://t.co/D2TmYZ1pGy

05/10/17

We are looking forward to welcoming prospective students and their parents to our first Open Evening tonight, 6pm-8pm. https://t.co/spVNKhZwU6

04/10/17

Looking forward to welcoming prospective students and parents to School tomorrow for the first of our Open Evenings, 6pm-8pm. https://t.co/JOpduqCSfo

02/10/17

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

29/09/17

Today we are mostly eating cake for - £195 raised! https://t.co/WCIxA7nZTZ

29/09/17

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 https://t.co/BA9GfHwYUG

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.

An Accredited Thinking School

“Teachers use a wide variety of activities and learning styles to engage and enthuse students” - OFSTED

At Barton Court Grammar School we believe that education is more than the sum of subjects. It is also about what you learn and how you learn.

Research by the Sutton Trust has shown that when students understand how they think and learn they make greater progress and become more resilient and adaptable. Students are encouraged to become resourceful and resilient learners who take responsibility for their own learning. We have placed “thinking” at the heart of our teaching and learning, and have developed a common visual language of learning to enable our students to become independent, confident, life-long learners.

Students are encouraged to work together in teams and enjoy new friendships, take on roles of responsibility and develop a mature sense of values.

We want our Sixth Form students to stand out from the crowd in this competitive world and, as such, we actively encourage them to develop their independent and enquiring minds.  An Independent Learning Centre enables students to think and work in quiet, calm and modern surroundings. Here, they can make extensive use of ICT facilities, including wireless technology for their own laptop. All students are encouraged to develop their own area of academic enquiry. The majority of students choose to complete an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). This provides students with the opportunity to focus on a specific aspect or theme of any area they are interested in and conduct their own enquiry into it.


Working with Exeter University, a university with an excellent reputation in education and curriculum development, we are an accredited “Thinking School”. We have placed thinking at the heart of our learning and we are developing a common and visual language of Thinking Tools to enable our students to become independent, confident, thoughtful, life-long learners, the foundations for both personal achievement and academic success.

So, what is a Thinking School?

“A Thinking School is a school that puts the teaching of thinking at the heart of learning.”

A Thinking School is:

A learning community in which all members share a common language; where thinking strategies and tools are used across the curriculum and teachers and students have sound understanding of metacognition; where all students are developing and demonstrating independent and cooperative learning skills; where the school generates  high levels of achievement and an excitement and enthusiasm for learning” (TSI)

The criteria for a Thinking School can be found at:

 

https://socialsciences.exeter.ac.uk/education/research/centres/teachingthinkingdialogue/cedu/whatisathinkingschool/

Why are we using visual tools?

Visual tools offer students some structures through which they can be flexible, adaptable and open with their thinking and learning.

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