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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!

The Drama Department

Key Stage 3

Drama lessons are taught once a fortnight and each scheme of work focuses on preparing students for the new GCSE Drama components; Devising Drama, Texts in Practice and Understanding Drama. Students study a wide range of topics such as; Physical Theatre, Greek Theatre, Theatre in Education and Grimm Tales. The drama lessons provide students with the opportunity to build and develop their own creative and collaborative skills through the rehearsal and performance process. Students also learn how to give and receive constructive feedback and apply it to improve their own work. Students are assessed formally at the end of each unit through either a practical performance or a written evaluation about the drama work created. Homework projects are set every term, and link closely to the drama lessons to further enhance the students’ appreciation of the drama and theatre work studied.

Key Stage 4

The Department teaches GCSE Drama via the AQA Examination board. Students learn about drama through practical experience, seeing theatre and making theatre for themselves. Students are introduced to a wide range of theatrical styles and contexts as they explore plays practically and create performances. Students will gain many invaluable skills, both theatrical and transferable, that will enhance their overall creative and collaborative capabilities. The written examination allows students to demonstrate their imagination in interpreting the set text and apply independent thinking skills as they evaluate a live theatre production.

GCSE Drama Course Overview

 Component 1: Understanding Drama- Written examination (40%)

  • Study one play ‘Blood Brothers.’
  • Analysis and evaluation of live theatre.


Written examination questions       (1 hour 45 mins)

  • Section A: multiple choice (4 marks.)
  • Section B: four questions on a given extract from set play (46 marks.)

Section C: one two part question on the work of theatre makers in a live theatre production (30 marks.)

Component 2: Devising Drama- Practical (40%)

  • Process of creating devised drama, documenting development and performance.


  • Performance of devised drama (20 marks.)
  • Devising log including analysis and evaluation of own work (60 marks.)

Component 3: Texts in Practice- Practical (20%)

  • Performance of two extracts from one play.
  • Free choice of play but it must contrast with the set play chosen for component 1.


  • Performance of extract 1 (25 marks.)
  • Performance of extract 2 (25 marks.)

Key Stage 5

The Department teaches A-Level Drama and Theatre Studies via the AQA Examination board. This course provides students with the opportunity to further explore live theatre, develop their practical creativity and build an advanced theoretical understanding of drama. This specification refines students' collaborative skills, their analytical thinking and their approach to research. The students will learn to evaluate objectively and develop a sound appreciation of the influences that cultural and social contexts can have on creative decision making.

A Level Drama and Theatre Course Overview

Component 1: Drama and theatre (written examination) (40%)

  • Knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre.
  • Study of two set plays, one chosen from List A, one chosen from List B.
  • Analysis and evaluation of the work of live theatre makers.


  • Written exam: 3 hours
  • Open book
  • 80 marks

Component 2: Creating original drama (practical) (30%)

  • Process of creating devised drama.
  • Performance of devised drama (students may contribute as performer, designer or director.)
  • Devised piece must be influenced by the work and methodologies of one prescribed practitioner.


  • Working notebook (40 marks)
  • Devised performance (20 marks)
  • 60 marks in total

Component 3: Making theatre (practical) 30%

  • Practical exploration and interpretation of three extracts (Extract 1, 2 and 3) each taken from a different play.
  • Methodology of a prescribed practitioner must be applied to Extract 3.


  • Performance of Extract 3 (40 marks)
  • Reflective report (20 marks)
  • 60 marks in total

Beyond The Curriculum

The Department has many extra-curricular activities for students to take part in, including the Barton Court Youth Theatre held every Friday lunchtime. The Barton Court Youth Theatre is specifically aimed at KS3 students and supported by KS4 drama prefects, and focuses on developing team-working skills, confidence, and improvisation techniques. There are also opportunities to perform in large scale school musicals and we are currently in rehearsals for the upcoming school production of ‘My Fair Lady’ to be performed in July 2017. The GCSE and A Level Drama students regularly perform their devised and scripted plays during evening performances. There are several theatre trips organised throughout the year, giving students the opportunity to experience high quality professional theatre. LAMDA acting and musical theatre qualifications can also be offered to suitable candidates.