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01/05/19

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.

05/03/19

Congratulations to our Y10 Basketball Team who finished in 3rd place in the Kent Youth Games last week. https://t.co/6kKwq8sNNh

06/02/19

Thank you for a great session on Sports Psychology - oh to be this relaxed! https://t.co/3L4q5O7Uno

06/02/19

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.

06/02/19

Retweeted From Tmesis Theatre

Brilliant first show of in Canterbury & workshop with the fantastic students thanks for having us! https://t.co/8XS6LCw3zf

06/02/19

Retweeted From Sarah Harvey

therapy escape room challenge careers event, student groups work hard to assess Mr.Davies -great fun! https://t.co/yVrFpVwN8S

06/02/19

Retweeted From Jenner

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! https://t.co/azeSRUk5wb

06/02/19

Retweeted From Health & Care Engagement Team

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! 🤩 https://t.co/4ZnesHlRx2

03/12/18

Tired, muddy legs equals Cross Country runs! https://t.co/X9r63bLvqg

18/10/18

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.

03/10/18

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. https://t.co/dpBp0fSjc7

14/11/17

Rag Week this week in school and Einstein House have got off to a flying start with a mega cake sale this morning! https://t.co/ESojpNkUTG

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.

Wellbeing

Wellbeing can be understood as how people feel and how they function, both on a personal and a social level, and how they evaluate their lives as a whole. New Economics Foundation

Why is Wellbeing Important?

Wellbeing is a vital factor in each of our lives, shaping the way in which we understand ourselves and one another, and influencing a range of long-term outcomes.  In the journey from childhood to adolescence and early adulthood, it becomes even more vital.  Enjoying positive wellbeing opens the door to improved physical and cognitive development, better relationships with family members and peers, and a smoother transition to independence.

HeadStart Kent

At Barton Court Grammar School we are delighted to be the only Grammar School in the Canterbury District to be chosen for phase 3 of the HeadStart Kent Project. The project  aims to support young people by developing their skills of resilience and perseverance as they take the steps into young adulthood. Full detail of the Headstart project, along with associated resources can be found here: http://www.headstartkent.org.uk/

Wellbeing Room

The school boasts a fully refurbished and staffed ‘Wellbeing’ room in the old school house; this is a specialist room developed and led by our SENCO, which provides a space within school for students to relax and discuss any issues, including strategies to move forward. The wellbeing room also hosts lunchtime mindfulness sessions for students, and provides a space for our 100+ trained peer mentors to be available for drop in sessions during break and lunch. We also have full provision to support the mental wellbeing of our learners, through access to school counsellors and external agencies where required.

Peer Mentors

Over 100 students from Y8 to Y13 have been trained as peer mentors over the last 2 years. Each peer mentor is matched to a tutor group in the year below. Peer mentors attend tutor times with their matched tutor group at least once per fortnight and provide small group support for their peers, as well as providing 1:1 support for individuals.

Resilience Questionnaires

All students in the school complete a termly survey on wellbeing and resilience during tutor time. We use this survey to help identify students who may need additional support but have not yet come forward. We also use this information as a baseline measure to compare against, since students will repeat the survey each term, so we can see trends and patterns in wellbeing amongst our student population.

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training for Staff and Sixth Form

Through our involvement with HeadStart Kent, 3 members of staff have received the full Youth Mental Health First Aider training. In addition, a further 9 members of staff completed the introductory YMHFA lite course in 2018-19. This course was also open to parents and Sixth Form students to broaden our reach and enhance understanding and support amongst our school community. Training is provided by Maidstone and Mid Kent Mind – for which the link can be found below.

Mindfulness

Mindfulness is a core aspect of the HeadStart Kent research. Opportunities for mindfulness are built into tutor time, using materials provided from the mindfulness training course. The pastoral team have received training in mindfulness techniques.

Online Counselling

Students have access to Kooth.com, a website dedicated to supporting wellbeing by providing forums, articles and online counselling. The link for Kooth can be found below.

Wellbeing Forum Teams

At Barton Court Grammar School we have a dedicated team of staff who meet termly to discuss and address wellbeing issues among the student and staff body. There are strategies in place to boost staff wellbeing embedded throughout the academic year. Within each tutor group there is a wellbeing representative, who sits on a student wellbeing forum team to discuss and address wellbeing issues amongst students. The work of this team directly influences the content of PSHEE and tutor time, reacting to current issues within the community and providing educational support in matters such as knife crime, exploitation and drugs, in response to student requests.

Provision of Opportunities to Support Wellbeing

Elements of the PSHEE curriculum for KS3 and KS4 are supported by subjects across the school, particularly Science, PE, Food Technology, and RPE. The PSHEE curriculum includes the following core themes:

  • health and wellbeing
  • relationships
  • living in the wider world

Enrichment Days across the year provide opportunities for students to engage with a range of topics, issues, speakers, and access to sources of support. Enrichment Days offer directed activities that help students to identify ways in which they can identify risks, make choices that lead to emotional and physical wellbeing, and can deal with the roles and responsibilities they will encounter as they mature and reach adulthood. The wellbeing days are coordinated by Ms Cullimore (Lead Teacher of PSHEE) with the support of Mr Lintott (Associate Assistant Head Teacher). Students are involved in the planning of the Enrichment Days via wellbeing form representatives and evaluation forms.

Useful Links

HeadStart Kent: https://www.headstartkent.org.uk/

Kooth.com: https://www.kooth.com/

Maidstone and MidKent Mind https://www.maidstonemind.org/

Mindful: https://www.mindful.org/meditation/mindfulness-getting-started/

Youth Mental Health First Aid: https://mhfaengland.org/individuals/youth/

Youth Wellbeing Directory: https://www.annafreud.org/on-my-mind/youth-wellbeing/

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