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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 Music Department

Key Stage 3

The department offers the National Curriculum in Years 7 and 8 with a primary focus on practical music making. Students learn about a variety of music from different times, places and cultures, which form the basis of units of work (one per term).  All students have the opportunity to listen to, compose and perform music every lesson and are encouraged to take up an instrument to complement their studies. Students are assessed through composition/performance tasks and listening assessments which encourage them to use musical vocabulary consistently and effectively, also allowing them to consider why people respond to music in a certain way.

Key Stage 4

GCSE music has grown in popularity and the department has a healthy intake in Years 9, 10 and 11, with all groups being above the national average intake. Students study the Edexcel course over three years, beginning in Year 9.  Unit 1 (30%) is a performance unit where students are given the opportunity to perform as soloists and within ensembles.  Unit 2 (30%) requires students to compose two pieces of music that can be based on, but are not limited to, pieces that we study.  Unit 3 (40%) is taken at the end of Year 11 and students are examined on set pieces that we study over the course, as well as unfamiliar extracts. Students who do not opt for GCSE music can continue to be part of the department either through structured ensembles, student led groups or the school production.

Key Stage 5

Edexcel A level music builds on the skills developed during the GCSE course. Students are required to study set pieces of music in depth and identify key musical features, as well as exploring the context and functions of different genres(40%).  As with the GCSE course, students are required to perform (30%) and compose (30%).  A final performance recital takes place for all A level music students at the beginning of Term 5 of year 13, in which students must prepare 8 minutes of music. Students are encouraged to be creative composers (through free compositions), whilst studying fundamental harmonic principles (through a technical study option). A level music is a key requirement if students are wishing to continue music at higher education level. A significant number of Barton Court A level musicians go on to study music at higher education, with 71% of the 2015 cohort, 60% of the 2017 cohort and 100% of the 2018 cohort undertaking degrees in music or performing arts. Music department alumni have gone on to study at the Royal College of Music, Bristol University, ACM (Guilford), The Institute (London), Edinburgh University and Surrey University. The course continues to go from strength to strength, with a healthy uptake in Y12 for 2018-2019 (again above the national average).

Beyond The Curriculum

The music department is committed to the growth of music within the school and has built up a loyal following. This has led to good attendance at the following extracurricular activities:

Saxophone and Clarinet Ensemble (Friday lunchtime)

Jazz Band (Tuesday after school)

Orchestra (Wednesday after school)

Brass ensemble (Wednesday lunchtime)

Choir (Thursday after school)

String Group (Thursday after school)

Chamber Choir (Tuesday lunchtime)

Many informal groups do develop during the year, depending on the types of events that are running.

We offer lessons on the following instruments: flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, violin, viola, cello, voice, drums, guitar(s), piano, brass, voice.

The department holds two large scale concerts per year (at the end of term 2 and term 4) and regularly takes part in the Canterbury Festival. The annual Carol Service in Canterbury Cathedral is a highlight of the school calendar and the department also provides musical acts for open evenings and other events. Individual student talent is celebrated with ‘Barton Court Young Musician of the Year’. We undertake one school production each year. Past productions have included Oliver! (2011), The Wizard of Oz (2012), Bugsy Malone (2013) , We Will Rock You (2014) and Grease (2015), Beauty and the Beast (2016), My Fair Lady (2017) and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (2018). We are very active in the local community and the choir have performed for Pilgrims Hospice and undertaken Christmas charity carol singing. The department welcomes students at break and lunchtimes, as well as after school (by appointment). Future projects will include forging stronger links with local universities, specialised workshops and projects and expanding our charitable work.


The Music Department consists of a dedicated teaching area. This contains a large main classroom, GCSE/A level classroom, five practice rooms, a music office/technology room and a good sized instrumental cupboard for storage. The department is fully stocked with electronic keyboards, guitars and amplifiers, two drums kits, tuned and untuned percussion and a variety of woodwind, string and brass instruments. The department also has the use of the main school hall, which contained high level audio equipment and a grand piano

Students regularly use Sibelius Ultimate, Guitar Pro 7 and Abelton Live 10 to produce their own compositions. The department also has a portable MP3 recorder and a multi-track recorder, both of which are available for use by all students.