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20/05/20

Sadly due to the current circumstances our Y5 Taster Day that we had planned to hold on Saturday 27 June will not now happen. We hope to be back with it again next year though.

20/05/20

You can also ring Childline on 0800 1111 if you are a child or young person who is a victim, or are worried about domestic violence in your home.

20/05/20

Support is still available from domestic abuse services in Kent for victims & those worried about loved ones. Visit https://t.co/9F5hZVVI3t for local support services & advice or contact the National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247 - 24 hrs

19/05/20

Aged between 10-16 and need mental health support? Kooth is . Please visit https://t.co/IfSbmSYdvR to register for our supportive online community where we have lots of guided support courses and resources for you.

18/05/20

If you are concerned about a young person’s mental health & are not sure what extra help is needed you can call the Single Point of Access (SPA) on 0300 1234496. The SPA is there to help you explore the difficulties & find the most appropriate response.

06/03/20

Looking forward to welcoming visitors to our Open Morning today for Y6 Parents and students, 9.15-10.45am

05/03/20

Lots of great activities at BCGS today for Enrichment - Streetwise, Team Building, First Aid, Careers - a full on day packed with interesting topics.

27/02/20

The sun is shining and we are starting up the Bee Keeping Club again. Just waiting for warmer weather and active bees. Honey coming soon! https://t.co/aXms10IuNk

14/02/20

Wishing all our students on the Italian Skiing Trip a fantastic time - be safe! https://t.co/b8Ut9OgC9B

11/02/20

Thank you for our NOS Award. We're proud to be helping to make the internet a safer place for our students. Our staff, parents and students continue to be better informed about how to reduce online risks. . https://t.co/eYCMi7ZzoO

10/02/20

In Safer Internet Week we are looking forward to welcoming parents who have booked onto our Internet Safety Parents Evening tomorrow at 4.30pm.

07/02/20

Retweeted From 🌈The STEM Hub

Another great British Science Week with hands on fun and low cost activities to support teachers during . Informed teachers about and how this can be run within their school https://t.co/7VPmtxkiev

07/02/20

We're looking for a great Assistant Headteacher to join our senior leadership team - if you are interested please see our website for more details. https://t.co/7dOLBBOok4

30/01/20

We've taken delivery of a fantastic brand new mini bus, a Peugeot Boxer Lite. Our old buses were on their last legs so we're excited to be able to transport students to fixtures & trips with confidence. Thanks to all who contributed to the voluntary fund which helped purchase it. https://t.co/sBXPXS2KHT

29/01/20

What a lovely day for Bikeability - students gaining practical experience and confidence on the roads whilst out in the sunshine. https://t.co/SfXWsnFM8X

29/01/20

Retweeted From Canterbury Rotary

Started on your entries yet or thinking🤔of entering? Check out eligibility & other deets here: https://t.co/5nrtW57llE https://t.co/asRdrjYZfj

29/01/20

Don't forget our Sixth Form Open Evening tonight, 6.45pm-9pm. We're looking forward to meeting you. https://t.co/M8r1hl5IVy

28/01/20

We loved welcoming the students from the Chinese school, Belacosta in Sao Paula, Brazil. Shadowing their buddies they made new friends and impressed us with their ability to speak Mandarin, English and Portuguese! https://t.co/Hfc8XXPvoH

24/01/20

Y8 students designed, budgeted and built Lego houses this week to very strict guidelines, calculating dimensions, quantities and planning. Housebuilders of the future perhaps. https://t.co/JFfv6WWADp

22/01/20

Come and see what Sixth Form life is like at Barton Court on Wednesday 29 January - 6.45pm-9.00pm. We're looking forward to meeting you. https://t.co/bJiJqhPUuT

21/01/20

Second in Mathematics (TLR2c) at Barton Court Grammar School https://t.co/KmJhPp7FPy

20/01/20

Retweeted From The Good Grief Trust

This is one of our most popular posts. We hope it helps. Pls share. https://t.co/ras62MWfov

20/01/20

Welcome to 9 students and 2 staff from the Chinese school, Belacosta in Sao Paulo. These talented students speak English, Portuguese and Mandarin! They're here all week getting to know life in an English school.

17/01/20

A reminder that our Sixth Form Open Evening is on Wednesday 29 January 6.45pm-9.00pm. Come and see what Sixth Form is like at Barton Court, great staff, lovely new buildings and brilliant teaching & learning.

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

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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