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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 Religion, Philosophy and Ethics Department (RPE)

RPE is a course designed to support students in their development. All students in KS3 have three lessons of RPE a fortnight; KS4 students have four lessons of RPE a fortnight. RPE contributes to an integrated approach to the Religious Education, PHSEE and Citizenship curriculum. (The PSHEE Pastoral Programme is delivered through Tutor Sessions, RPE and Enrichment Days and coordinated by the Deputy Headteacher [Pastoral], the Head of PSHEE, and Heads of Year).

The RPE programme of study aims to offer our students opportunities to extend their knowledge, understanding and skills necessary to play an effective role in society at local, national and international levels.

During RPE topics students learn about aspects of religion, religious beliefs, practices, language and traditions and philosophical perspectives on communities, societies and cultures. This course encourages respect for national, religious and ethnic identities. Students will be asked to reflect upon contemporary issues, take part in discussions as well as consider and respond to a range of important questions related to their own spiritual development and values. By the end of their compulsory education, our students will have investigated a wide range of philosophical, political, moral, ethical, health and legal issues.

Key Stage 3

In Years 7 and 8, students study topics that relate to the Kent Agreed Syllabus for RE, the Citizenship curriculum and PSHEE. During their three RPE lessons a fortnight, the over-arching theme for Year 7 is ‘Ways of Seeing the World’, and for Year 8 is ‘Me and the Wider Community’. Students complete a range of assessments including unit tests and an end of year examination as well as personal reflection activities. All students utilise a range of resources including active learning techniques and Thinking Tools to deepen and widen their learning. Topics that are studied in KS3 provide a substantial foundation for their GCSE preparation in KS4 as well as contributing to their personal development.

Key Stage 4

All students start the RS GCSE course with a focus on religious studies, philosophy and ethics in Year 9, and this is delivered via four RPE lessons a fortnight.  The examination board for their GCSE is Edexcel and the course prepares students to take up to two written examinations (including topics relating to the study of Christianity and Buddhism) taken at the end of Year 11 that lead to a full GCSE. The RPE course at KS4 continues to provide opportunities for Personal and Economic Wellbeing/Financial Capability, and these areas are supported by workshops and speakers on Enrichment Days throughout Years 9, 10 and 11.

Key Stage 5

In the Sixth Form the department offers Philosophy A Level (AQA):

A Level Philosophy extends and deepens learning from KS3 and KS4. Students take four units at the end of Year 13. The following units includes a range of in-depth investigations into aspects of human experience. The course is taught by specialist teachers, and speakers are invited into lessons and after school activities to extend learning beyond the textbook/course specification. A Level Philosophy students are encouraged to participate in the Philosophy Club, involving younger students in topics that analyse and question the ways in which we interpret the world around us.

The skills of identifying, analysing and evaluating arguments as well as exploring contemporary moral issues can provide basis for progression into further learning, and/or employment.

Students who have chosen Philosophy (and other related topics) for their EPQ have achieved excellent results. Students have gone on to universities across the country to study Philosophy at degree level.


The department uses the Student Portal to allow 24/7 access for students to extend their studies and in their preparation for examinations.  Our students’ learning experiences are supported by the use of Interactive Whiteboards in classrooms, with a wide range of software actively used in lessons as well as available via the Student Learning Gateway. Students utilise textbooks, videos/DVDs, teacher-prepared resources, and computers as well as enjoy a range of speakers and visits. Learning resources and exemplar essays via Padlet are accessible to students at school and at home. Extension archives of Religious Studies and Philosophy journals are available for students to access both at school and at home. Students are encouraged to use iTunesU in addition to a range of other university level resources/lectures to enhance their learning.