History of the School - Barton Court Grammar School

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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! https://t.co/ESojpNkUTG


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


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


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 https://t.co/D2TmYZ1pGy


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


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


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! https://t.co/WCIxA7nZTZ


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


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! https://t.co/YDKOL80VxF


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


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


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; https://t.co/vCB5rplbBl


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


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


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 https://t.co/wuqfhabGx5


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. https://t.co/sP1T0VV1a6


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


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


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


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


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


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! https://t.co/Ia4I5KGA6X https://t.co/AwbSuKbp2F


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! https://t.co/4HZsS06JaX


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 https://t.co/ar3syc7PaV


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

History of the School

The school is situated near the centre of the historic Cathedral City of Canterbury on a World Heritage site. The “old house”, a fine Georgian manor house built in 1750, with its lake, ancient trees, gardens and playing fields make Barton Court an idyllic place in which to learn.


Barton Court Grammar School is one of the few co-educational Grammar Schools in the country and is situated around an ancient lake in beautiful walled grounds on the edge of Canterbury. The school is within 5 minutes walking distance from the city centre.

There are just over 950 850 students on roll, including a Sixth Form of over 220 with our Pupil Admissions Number (PAN) of 150 in years 7 -11; five form entry of 30 students within each.

Barton Court Grammar School lies close to the old city walls in the conservation area and World Heritage Site of St. Augustine's Abbey. It was the farm of the Abbey from its foundation in 605 AD ('Barton' stemming from 'bere tun' or 'barley enclosure'). The school is built around the lake in which the monks of the Abbey farmed fish. When Henry VIII destroyed the Abbey, he gave the farm to one of his faithful. Its lake remains and is a haven for wildlife, still teeming with fish despite visiting herons.

Ginkgo Tree

The gardens and grounds of the school contain many fine old trees, including the sixth Ginkgo to be introduced into the country from China (the first five were planted in Kew Gardens). Ginkgos are single-sexed, so Barton Court students grafted on a branch from another tree so now it produces fruit. The Science/Maths/English teaching block was designed around it.

Barton Court was still a farm until early in the 20th Century, approached up a long drive from New Dover Road. Much of its land then went to make way for housing and college developments. The manor house was pressed into use for teaching purposes during the Second World War, and in 1945 it became the Girls’ Technical School, with the boys being taught in the city hospital building nearby. The School became fully co-educational in 1991.

Old Photos

You'll note there is no longer a clock tower or lean-to attached to the old house

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