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Our Y5 Taster Morning on Saturday 29 June 2019 is now open for bookings. Primary school pupils in Y5 are eligible to attend for a taster of life at Barton Court. Places are already being booked so don't delay! Details on our website.


Congratulations to our Y10 Basketball Team who finished in 3rd place in the Kent Youth Games last week.


Thank you for a great session on Sports Psychology - oh to be this relaxed!


Sorry we've been a little quiet on Twitter lately so just catching up. We will definitely investigate this and can only apologise if our students were involved. Thank you for bringing it to our attention.


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Brilliant first show of in Canterbury & workshop with the fantastic students thanks for having us!


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therapy escape room challenge careers event, student groups work hard to assess Mr.Davies -great fun!


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Great to be back at today at their careers fair. Using our top trump job cards to help inspire the students with careers in construction!


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had a great 👍🏼 morning for a Focus Day for students thanks to Sue , Sarah , Edith, Jacqueline, Cindy, Elena, Rachel and Michelle. Some fab engagement ladies! 🤩


Tired, muddy legs equals Cross Country runs!


BCGS is again celebrating following publication of provisional progress scores for Y11 students in 2018. Provisional scores show we are the 2nd best school in the area for the progress students make from Y7 & the leading co-ed grammar in the local area by a significant margin.


Looking forward to welcoming students and parents to our first Open Evening tomorrow, 4 October. Don't forget to book for the Headteacher's presentation at 7.10pm. 6.10pm is now full.


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.

The Drama Department

Key Stage 3

Drama lessons are taught once a fortnight and each scheme of work focuses on teaching pupils transferable skills needed in order to thrive and develop into a well-rounded scholar. Pupils study a wide range of topics such as; Physical Theatre, Greek Theatre, Theatre in Education and Naturalistic Theatre. These provide pupils with the opportunity to build and develop their own creative and collaborative skills through the rehearsal and performance process. Pupils learn how to work professionally by giving and receiving constructive feedback then applying it to improve their own work. They are formally assessed at the end of each unit through both a practical performance and a written evaluation about the drama work created. Homework is set every lesson, and varies from learning lines to analysing performance work.

Key Stage 4

During Key stage 4, pupils take GCSE Drama via the AQA Examination board. Pupils learn about drama through practical experience, seeing theatre and making theatre for themselves. Pupils are introduced to a wide range of theatrical styles and contexts as they explore plays practically and create performances. Pupils will gain many invaluable skills, both theatrical and transferable, that will enhance their overall creative and collaborative capabilities. The written examination allows pupils 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 and explore ‘Blood Brothers’ by Willy Russell
  • Analysis and evaluation of a live theatre production

    Written examination questions       (1 hour 45 mins)

  • Section A: multiple choice (4 marks)
  • Section B: four questions on a given extract from ‘Blood Brothers’ (46 marks)
  • Section C: one question analysing and evaluating a live theatre production (32 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 their 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

  • During Key stage 5, students take 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 and practical 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: Mucho Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare and Our Country’s Good by Timberlake Wertenbaker
  • Analysis and evaluation of the work of a live theatre production.


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

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

  • Process of creating devised drama.
  • Performance of devised drama. 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