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12/10/17

Our new build is looking amazing! https://t.co/cORPIpX6aB

12/10/17

Thank you for a great Samba workshop. Everybody is looking forward to the Canterbury Festival & opening parade on Saturday! https://t.co/2zDEpCJOu5

12/10/17

students voted to support you again this year! £4k already raised in just 2 months.

06/10/17

We raised nearly £11k for charity last year & welcomed to collect their chqs https://t.co/D2TmYZ1pGy

05/10/17

We are looking forward to welcoming prospective students and their parents to our first Open Evening tonight, 6pm-8pm. https://t.co/spVNKhZwU6

04/10/17

Looking forward to welcoming prospective students and parents to School tomorrow for the first of our Open Evenings, 6pm-8pm. https://t.co/JOpduqCSfo

02/10/17

Calling on Philip Hammond for urgent action over the severe underfunding of 16-19 education - we need more money!

29/09/17

Today we are mostly eating cake for - £195 raised! https://t.co/WCIxA7nZTZ

29/09/17

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 https://t.co/BA9GfHwYUG

14/07/17

Just confirmed that BCGS students and staff have smashed their fund raising target and exceeded £10k for our charities. Amazing work!

21/06/17

Well done to our new equestrian team - 2nd in the National Schools NSEA Show Jumping qualifiers for a place in the championships in October! https://t.co/YDKOL80VxF

20/03/17

Retweeted From Queens' Admissions

And the 7th student roadshow begins . 4 teams, 50 schools, 5 days https://t.co/VP8A5bnQbK

16/03/17

Retweeted From Betteridge & Milsom

The sun is shining and the steel frame is almost complete https://t.co/5ZRUEwoyK7

13/03/17

Looking forward to meeting parents & students who are considering appealing for a Y7 place in September during today's Open Morning 9am-11am

20/02/17

Retweeted From Betteridge & Milsom

Barton Court Grammar School development continues with steel frame due to arrive next week; https://t.co/vCB5rplbBl

01/02/17

Please come along to our Sixth Form Information Evening tonight 5pm-7pm and talk to staff and current students about the courses we offer. https://t.co/gc0J14Q2gN

08/12/16

Retweeted From Betteridge & Milsom

Christmas Concert at Canterbury Cathedral; great turn out and wonderful choir & orchestra. Proud to be invited as VIP guests https://t.co/bU6yONdc1w

08/12/16

Thank you for the kind words. Glad you enjoyed it.

09/11/16

Looking forward to welcoming visitors to our Sixth Form Open Evening tonight, Wednesday 9 November 2016 starting at 6.45pm.

30/06/16

Amazing Y5 Taster Morning with primary school students getting a taste of lessons in an Ofsted "Outstanding" grammar https://t.co/wuqfhabGx5

14/03/16

4 of our students & a teacher have been shortlisted for the Turner Contemporary's Portfolio Art Comp - well done, an amazing achievement!

11/03/16

Open mornings for prospective parents & students on Mon 14 Mar & Wed 16 Mar who may be considering a place at BCGS. https://t.co/sP1T0VV1a6

12/02/16

Valentine cupcakes purchased anonymously & delivered to staff and students today with £331 raised for our charities! https://t.co/X67GNkyUL0

09/02/16

3 BCGS students won outstanding recognition in the NCS programme raising £700 for charity & volunteering for 60+ hrs https://t.co/9Ds5bLWNUh

03/02/16

Don't forget our Sixth Form Information Evening tonight 5pm-7pm come and find out what post-16 courses are on offer https://t.co/qWB11F4kDV

02/02/16

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.

15/01/16

Smash Up Badminton Club has paid off with our U16 badminton team 2nd in Kent School Games defeating Kent College & Fulston Manor & U14s 3rd

13/01/16

Well done BCGS U14 Girls Basketball team, excellent start to the season with a resounding 48-18 victory against Spires Academy.

12/01/16

Retweeted From UCAS Online

Unsure how to write your personal statement? This video has heaps of inspiration... https://t.co/yxvXxUEI1M

05/01/16

Join us on 3 Feb 5pm-7pm for another chance to see our school & talk about the post-16 courses being offered in Sept https://t.co/vRsZy5sDX1

18/12/15

Thank you to all staff, students & parents who have contributed to the Canterbury Food Bank with outstanding generosity

03/12/15

Retweeted From UCAS Online

Heading to an open day? Check out our top tips before you go! https://t.co/Ia4I5KGA6X https://t.co/AwbSuKbp2F

03/12/15

We raised £122.27 for this year’s Poppy Appeal. Well done staff, students and visitors

27/11/15

We've raised £4757 in just 3 months for our 5 chosen charities + Jeans for Genes Day & the MacMillan Coffee Morning. Amazing work!

27/11/15

Good luck to everyone taking part in the District Cross Country today, especially BCGS students – all 32 of them!

25/11/15

We raised over £1k, TWICE last year’s total, with Rag Week activities & proceeds to BCGS charities - great fun! https://t.co/4HZsS06JaX

25/11/15

Our Carol Service at Canterbury Cathedral on 8 Dec will feature the appropriately named Joseph in Y7 singing Once in Royal David’s City

20/11/15

Well done to Liberty in Y11 whose design has been chosen for our Christmas Card this year #design#artwork https://t.co/ar3syc7PaV

19/11/15

Great work – students raised £132.48 for Great Ormond Street Bake it Better Campaign and we all enjoyed cakes!

19/11/15

Rag Week continues with tons of fundraising, soak the teacher, karaoke, bake sales, fancy dress & Stars In Their Eyes.

The Science Department

Through our delivery of a balanced science curriculum we aim to encourage students to be more curious about the world around them and to ask questions of each other and themselves about how and why things around us work.  Additionally we aim to develop the skills that they will need, not only to answer these questions but also to be successful and fulfilled in their future learning in science and beyond.

Key Stage 3

Students follow a condensed National Curriculum in years 7 and 8.  The course is arranged into topics which are loosely Biology, Physics or Chemistry based.  There is a heavy emphasis on practical work and discovery as well as developing investigative skills.

Key Stage 4

The vast majority of students take separate GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics through the AQA examining board, beginning in Year 9 and completed in three years. The teaching sequences, teaching materials and assessment programmes have been developed in house to ensure all students are sufficiently challenged and supported.  In each discipline the core units are studied in Year 9, the additional modules in Year 10 and the further modules in Year 11. A series of required practicals are taken in addition to the written exams.

The new science GCSEs which began teaching in 2015 (first examinations 2017) are heavily practically orientated, with practical skills being examined through the written papers at the end, rather than through the coursework route. The department places strong emphasis on rigorous practical work and utilizes the excellent laboratory facilities in the school.  The department uses practical work to underpin learning in science and has incorporated many more than the statutory minimum into the GCSE course.

Topics studied in Biology include ecology, sustainability, microbiology, ethics, molecular biology, human physiology and biochemistry.

Topics studied in Chemistry Atomic structure, the periodic table, Bonding, structure and the properties of matter, Quantitative chemistry, Chemical changes, Energy changes, The rate of chemical change, Organic chemistry, Chemical analysis, Chemistry of the atmosphere and Using resources.

Topics studied in Physics include The Big Bang, electricity generation, nuclear fission and fusion and static electricity.

Key Stage 5

In the sixth form the department offers courses in Biology, Chemistry and Physics at A Level.

Biology

AQA  A level Biology continues the study of a wide range of Biology topics. The content, both theory and practical, is examined in Year 13. Students will have the chance to perform cutting edge techniques such as PCR, DNA fingerprinting, p-GLO as well as the more traditional techniques such as pond sampling in our long established St Augustine’s fish pond. Students are encouraged to read widely around the topic and many chose to do their Extended Project Qualification in science. Two members of the department are AQA A level examiners.

Chemistry

The A Level course follows the OCR (Salters) ‘B’ specification.  This is a highly-regarded ‘context-led’, rather than ‘topic-based’, approach to the teaching of chemistry.  Chemical principles are introduced within a particular context and then revisited and built upon as the course evolves. The A Level course develops students to have a range of skills, including mathematical skills, analytical, evaluating, and problem solving. All of which are highly applicable and marketable in the modern world. A large part of the chemistry course is practical based and these skills are also developed during the course. Students study topics including: Elements of life, Oceans, Medicine by design and Developing fuels.

Physics

The exam board we have selected for the AS/A2 course is OCR, who offer a comprehensive course that will provide an excellent base for those who wish to continue their studies at University or for those who are looking to use the broad set of skills that an A level in Physics will provide in their future studies and careers. The A Level course requires students to have a range of skills, including mathematical skills, analysing, evaluating and problem solving.  Students are required to complete 12 practical tasks for the practical component of the course. Some examples of the topics students studying A Level Physics will cover are: Astrophysics, Thermodynamics, Mechanics, Waves and Quantum Physics.

Resources

The department has seven well-equipped modern laboratories and a large preparation room with 3 full time lab technicians to serve them.  The science department is equipped with its own range of laptops and we have various data-logging equipment and software that are used in all Key Stages as well as all of the usual equipment that you would expect of a modern grammar school. The biology department will move into purpose built biology labs and preparation room in the new building in late 2017.

The school pond, serves as an exceptional outdoor resource providing homes for toads, frogs and newts as well as the resident ducks and moorhens.  In the school grounds are a number of interesting trees including a rare Gingko.

Beyond The Curriculum

The Science department runs a wide range of extra-curricular activities including Cosmetic Biology, Forensics, Dissection, Biochemistry and Gardening Club.  The department has close ties with UKC and Christchurch University, which results in visits to these institutions and visits by their staff to Barton Court.  Regular trips are arranged to the Science Museum and the Royal Society Summer Exhibition.

The department is successful in getting many students each year into university for a range of courses including medicine, astrophysics, dentistry, chemical, mechanical and biological engineering nursing, biology, physics, chemistry, biotechnology, biomedical sciences and natural sciences. The department arranges visits to local companies using science related technologies and visits to public lectures at the University of Kent. The department encourages leading students to take the British Olympiad and each year we gain medals and highly commended places. Currently we also have CREST awards being pursued and the year 10 British biology challenge.