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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 English Department


Years 7-8

Students in Years 7 and 8 will study a wide range of fiction and non-fiction texts to develop their appreciation and understanding of language in a range of forms. This will include the study of poetry, novels and a complete play by Shakespeare in Year 7 and 8. In addition, students will study genre, including analysis of detective, gothic and science-fiction. There is a strong emphasis upon reading comprehension skills in Years 7 and 8, and students will be taught to read closely and analytically. In addition, students will learn how to write in a range of forms with an emphasis on clear, effective and technically accurate writing. Students will learn how to write to inform, explain, persuade and to describe, and they will have the opportunity to produce a range of creative writing assignments over the course of Years 7 and 8. Finally, students will be expected to develop strong and effective skills in speaking and listening through class discussion and debate, together with group and independent presentations.

It is important to embed key GCSE skills in Year 7 and 8 and, to that end, teachers will be focusing on the key skills required at GCSE from the very start of the course. These include a close analytical focus on a writer’s use of language, looking at the way texts are structured, and responding to the effectiveness of a writer’s techniques. Formal essay writing skills are also taught early on, including the use of evidence, structuring the students’ writing for high impact, persuasive methods, and a range of sophisticated techniques to create fluent, dynamic essays.

There is regular assessment of Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar skills, in order to deal effectively with any issues. Teachers will introduce students to a range of exciting and challenging texts in order to promote and foster a love of reading and literature in general. There are regular creative writing competitions and poetry competitions in order to highlight student achievement.


Years 9-11

Students will begin their GCSE English course in Year 9 with an emphasis on building a strong foundation for success in the new specification examinations. The Year 9 course will give students a firm introduction to key skills in reading, analysis, evaluation and writing using a range of texts. Students will study texts closely, looking carefully at how writers use structure, form and language to create mood and meaning.

In Year 10 students will focus on the key texts for the literature exams and practise their reading and writing skills for the language examinations. As all examinations are now closed book, they will need to develop their understanding and knowledge of the key texts in detail.

  • Students will take two examinations in language
  • Students will take two examinations in literature
  • All examinations are closed book
  • Students will study the following texts:
    • A play by Shakespeare
    • An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley
    • A selection of poetry
    • Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde or A Christmas Carol


The English Department teaches the AQA English Literature B specification, a two year linear course with examination in the summer of year 13.  

Students will study texts through genre with units of crime literature and Tragedy. Students are expected to purchase their own copies of set examination texts, and these include:

William Shakespeare: Othello and Richard II

F. Scott Fitzgerald: The Great Gatsby

Graham Greene: Brighton Rock

Kate Atkinson: When Will There Be Good News

We aim to foster independent learners and students are encouraged to follow their own preferences in their selection of coursework texts.

The specification requires students to write two full coursework pieces of 1500 words each. The focus here is on the study of literature through critical theory, with teaching across: Feminist theory; Post-colonial theory and Narrative theory.  

Beyond the curriculum:

The English Department is determined to offer a range of exciting enrichment activities for all students. Students are encouraged to participate in a range of activities and competitions which allow students to understand the authentic value of literature and language in the world. Weekly clubs include:

  • Debating
  • Public Speaking
  • Creative Writing

In addition, we offer a Literary Society for 6th Form students, which meets fortnightly to discuss a range of literature beyond the syllabus. Student led choices have included: Marlowe’s ‘Dr Faustus’; Milton’s ‘Paradise Lost’ and Carter’s ‘Nights at the Circus.’

Trips to the theatre are encouraged and supported, with many literature students taking advantage of the National Theatre Live and Royal Shakespeare Company Live screenings in cinemas. In Year 12, study is enriched with a live broadcast and discussion of an RSC performance from Stratford. In Year 13, students spend a day at The Globe Theatre, London, with a bespoke study day on key set text, Othello.