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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 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.