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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.


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Unsure how to write your personal statement? This video has heaps of inspiration...


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!

The Geography Department

Key Stage 3

Geography is an exciting and highly relevant subject in the complex and dynamic world we live in today and the geography programme at Barton Court reflects this.  Students in Year 7 and 8 study a range of both physical and human geography topics including: population, natural hazards, development, physical landscapes of the UK, globalisation and the geography of the major world regions.

To reflect the breadth and depth of the subject, the geography course is divided into twelve units covering issues at the local to the global scale.  Emphasis is also placed on developing skills such as map-reading, ICT and using Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to analyse digital sources.  Independent learning is also encouraged through homework and the use of research projects.

Student progress is assessed regularly through homework and in-class modular assessments, using grades linked to the GCSE programme to prepare students for the rigors and demands of Key Stage 4.

Key Stage 4

Geography forms part of the English Baccalaureate and more than 50% of students opt to study it to GCSE level. The Edexcel B course starts in year 9 and is run over three years.  The new syllabus consists of 3 modules, two of which will be worth 37.5% with the remaining module worth 25%.  These modules are entitled ‘Global Geographical issues’, ‘UK Geographical Issues’ and ‘Making Geographical Decisions’ respectively.  All are tested by externally-assessed written examinations.

Fieldwork is an integral component of the GCSE programme and students will undertake one physical field work investigation and one human field work investigation as part of the ‘UK Geographical Issues’ examination paper.

Key Stage 5

The department runs one post-16 A level course following the Edexcel specification.  Students study the following topics for Paper 1 (worth 30% of the total A-level):  tectonic processes and hazards, the water cycle and water insecurity, the carbon cycle and energy security and coastal landscapes and change.  For Paper 2 (also worth 30%), students study globalisation, superpowers, rebranding places and migration.  Paper 3 (20%) is a synoptic investigation of a geographical issue, while the remaining 20% is made up of a 3000-4000 word fieldwork report on a relevant topic of interest to the student.

Beyond The Curriculum

Fieldwork is an integral part of Geography and students participate in outdoor work at all levels.  Enrichment Days allow KS3 students to explore the physical and human geography of their local area on trips to the city and coast.

KS4 students are required to undertake UK-based fieldwork, while KS5 students will participate in a field trip to West Somerset.

The department also runs booster classes (with help from sixth form students) to offer extra help with the GCSE course.


The department is based in two main teaching rooms.  In addition, staff are able to book additional ICT facilities for certain tasks or projects.