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During the last Enrichment Day at Barton Court Grammar School, students took part in an exciting day of employer encounters. Find out more @


Take a look at the fantastic Art work from students at Barton Court Grammar School...


Y12 students recently visited The Royal Society to explore the very latest advances in Science and accessed over 300 scientists at the forefront of their field. The exhibition offers a unique opportunity to explore the science shaping our future with the people making it happen.



BCGS is proud to be open to pupils from all backgrounds. To support this, we work in partnership with Atom Learning who provides students that are eligible for Pupil Premium with free online learning and 11+ exam preparation. Visit:


On 4 May, Barton Court hosted the largest post-COVID chess tournament, adult or junior, in East Kent... the Kent Megafinal. Read more at:


Year 5 Students enjoyed another Taster Morning at BCGS. Read more about it at:


83 of our Year 10 Biology students took part in this year’s UKBC Biology Challenge and competed against 45,400 students across the country. Find out how the students did at


Late in March, students enjoyed our latest careers fair. Thank you to the local businesses and course providers for coming along to inspire our students. Read about the event at:



Thank you to Abbie from , one of our school charities, for coming in last week to talk to our students about the work they do.We are looking forward to continuing to raise lots of money to support their cause.


We're extremely proud of Toral in Y12 who was selected to play for the first ever U18 female Barbarians squad this weekend. The team was selected to play against Rugby School to celebrate 200 years of rugby union. An amazing experience and an excellent achievement.


There's a real & growing concern re how many young people share inappropriate images online, leading to potential exploitation, blackmail & harm from a young age & leaving a lasting digital footprint. If you share it, you're involved. Speak to the DSL team if you've concerns.


We were delighted to welcome the BBC Bitesize Careers Roadshow last week. Students learnt about a wide variety of career pathways in fashion, TV production & academia which many found very helpful and interesting


Y12 Health & Social Care students enjoyed a visit to Medicine, Health & Social Care Dept's Simulation Suite. With dummies that can be programmed to simulate different disorders students practiced their CPR skills & saw who was the most accurate with compressions!


We are looking for three new Exam Invigilators so if you, or anyone you know, is interested please click the link below:


We were delighted to open the Schools’ Lunchtime Concerts at this year's Canterbury Festival. Y7-Y13 students presented a variety of styles & the Barton Manor Djembe Drummers, who were the opening act joined us. The organizers described it as “a hard act to follow".


Y11 enjoyed a great trip to The Globe last term to see a production of Macbeth. They really enjoyed the immersive experience of being a "groundling" with some having lines delivered directly to them!


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We are seeking an Attendance & Cover Officer to work term time only. Should you, or someone you know, be interested, please click the link below.


Amazing self portrait from a student in Y8 in the style of Kehinde Wiley who the year group have been studying.#art


🚨 it’s coming 🚨 We know it’s a ‘bit’ early but we have to get ready. Team up with family/friends/colleagues this November to help us help those who need it


Y5 students from local primary schools discovered last week what it's like to learn languages at BCGS. They did a language session on pets & a cultural one on the Festival of Lights! Workshops are held regularly for primary school students to discover what life is like at BCGS.


We're very proud of this group of students who won the KSSA Annual Regatta School Trophy at Whitstable for BCGS! All the hard work and dedication paid off.


The ever-popular Spanish Exchange took 30 students ranging from Y9 to Y13 to Madrid last week to learn all about Spanish lifestyle & culture. While immersed in the language they enjoyed an amazing week full of activities with great weather & fantastic traditional Spanish cuisine

BCAT Free School Press Release

Posted on: 18/11/2020

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Barton Manor School (BMS), Barton Court Academy Trust’s new Free School, has appointed a Principal Designate and is consulting on its Admissions Arrangements for 2022/23 and 2023/24

Barton Court Academy Trust’s (BCAT) Trustees in conjunction with the DfE have appointed Ms. Kirstin Cardus, Executive Headteacher of BCAT, as the School’s Principal Designate. Ms. Cardus who has led the project since inception will continue to lead the school in preparation for opening in September 2022 and will be the Headteacher of the new school when it opens to students and staff in September 2022.

Ms. Cardus, Executive Headteacher of Barton Court Academy Trust, “I am delighted and honoured to be appointed Principal Designate of the Free school and look forward to leading the school once opened to students and staff in September 2022. It has been an amazing opportunity to design a school from inception which can deliver our vision for excellence, collaborative learning and creativity and to lead the school from the outset with students, staff and parents to ensure the best start possible for all.”

Dr Bill Speed, BCAT Chair, “ We are delighted to announce Ms. Kirstin Cardus as the Principal Designate, for Barton Manor School (BMS). Ms. Cardus has a wealth of experience leading several schools including Barton Court Grammar and The Charles Dickens non-selective school in Broadstairs. This experience will be invaluable in establishing Barton Manor School as a new and exciting venture within BCAT. We are excited about adding Barton Manor to our Trust, creating the opportunity to share knowledge, expertise and resources across our three schools.”

Barton Manor School website will be launched on Friday 20th November providing more details about the school. BCAT are simultaneously launching their consultation on the admissions criteria for the academic years 2022/23 and 2023/24. Please go to the school’s website for more details about the school, the consultation documents and details about how to respond - The consultation will run for 7 weeks starting on Friday 20th November and finishes on Friday 8th January 2021 at 5pm.

Roberta Light
01227 464600