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05/12/22

Celebrating the International Day of Languages last month with Y8 learning all about festivals. Toussaint, Fete des Lumieres, the Venetian Carnival, Day of the Dead & Chinese Porcelain were all looked at with students learning about the cultural aspects and creating calligrams. https://t.co/8pNMASnTFR

21/11/22

We're grateful to Prof Andy Horne from the University of Kent who delivered a brilliant lecture to Mathematics students last week on Number Theory and Cryptography and the many applications in life. https://t.co/1n7wHRAoog

17/11/22

Check out another atmospheric photo of our school site with the world famous Gingko tree on the right. https://t.co/JsCB60UQyd

11/11/22

A lovely tribute this morning from Harry who played The Last Post and Reveille for Remembrance Day. "At the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember them" https://t.co/Ih7JmrvfTC

11/11/22

Y10/12 Sport students joined The Uni of Kent for the Inside Sport Science Comp participating in Sport Science Workshops & looking at reaction times, biomechanics, sports drinks & flexibility/joint mobility. Presentations of their chosen research projects will be at the Uni in Dec https://t.co/jpty36sKMm

09/11/22

Yesterday saw us host more overseas teachers experiencing life in UK schools. This time from Japan touring the school, observing language lessons & beginning to grasp Thinking Tools. Delivering a workshop to a Year 7 class, they taught us Japanese greetings in the form of a story https://t.co/6sVduHebsV

08/11/22

Our talented Site Team capturing another great pic of the School. https://t.co/tPWswLXwDi

04/11/22

This week we hosted Swedish trainee teachers from Uppsala University who observed lessons across all year groups & different subjects, They experienced what it is like to be in a Thinking School & saw how thinking tools were embedded in our teaching & learning. https://t.co/sLeyy2nygB

03/11/22

We're so lucky to have acquired a Bechstein grand piano, dating from c1868. Bechstein’s are widely to be considered one of the most stable models ever made and we are thrilled that our piano students now have access to this piece of history, both for concerts and private practise https://t.co/bhdL7hc9cY

02/11/22

We will be selling Remembrance Day poppies at school again this year. To find out more about where your money goes, please visit https://t.co/Nne6Il00ie https://t.co/sm8Ta0Fi5Z

20/10/22

Halloween donuts for staff at all three of our schools today. Eating our way into half term! https://t.co/NkSZRosXMj

19/10/22

Check out this amazing sunset - photo courtesy of our Site Team. https://t.co/elvksL4CPO

13/10/22

Y5 students arrived last night to participate in a Spanish & French Workshop. They enjoyed immersing themselves in the culture & language of both countries as you can see! We're looking forward to welcoming more students to a variety of workshops throughout the rest of the year. https://t.co/9whldnoQme

10/10/22

Lacee, one of our star athletes, recently represented Kent for her first time in the Inter Counties comp with the Hammer. A new PB of 33.02m puts her 14th in England & 20th in the UK on the Power of Ten. A winter training prog of strength & body conditioning will help for 2023. https://t.co/IBQf5BZaKQ

30/09/22

Our students stepped up to the mark again for last week, making cakes, selling cakes and eating cakes - delicious! And we raised over £200 in the process. https://t.co/6uWN6MW1iS

26/09/22

We're looking for a professional, efficient Admin Assistant at The Charles Dickens School in Broadstairs, part of our Trust. It's a busy role with lots of variety and working with great colleagues. For further details please click the following link :https://t.co/ttkHVhUIPX

22/09/22

It's been a busy couple of weeks for extra-curricular PE clubs. Y9 & 10 participated in the first set of netball fixtures of the year whilst Y7 & 8 had Netball Club to prep for their games & over 120 students in Y7-10 attended football club to prep for their forthcoming fixtures. https://t.co/t1of50AZCG

22/09/22

A reminder of our 11+ Open Evenings this year, Thursday 6 October & Tuesday 18 October - 5pm-8pm. Please book for either of the two Headteacher Presentations at 5.15pm or 6.15pm using the online booking form: https://t.co/ljZ1SXm7mr https://t.co/eY4SD5kJfV

22/09/22

BCGS & BMS have started a Mathematics Enrichment Club for Y7, kicking off this week with students from both schools discussing & solving unusual Maths problems. Everyone loved it! https://t.co/x1RnbskuwR

12/09/22

Details of our Open Evenings at both Barton Court Grammar and Barton Manor School are now available to view on our websites. Booking for the Headteacher Presentations is essential. https://t.co/vYXzZSnutx? https://t.co/nNxuwfXtnZ https://t.co/euifNJGWUH

23/08/22

Y12 STEM students had an amazing time Summer Exhib taking part in experiments & talking to scientists. Popular topics were cold fusion power generation, the microbiology of chocolate, the Wendelbury asteroid & neuro controlled robotic prosthetic limbs! https://t.co/UBDQxegGFY

23/08/22

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22/08/22

Work in school and on site doesn't stop for the holidays! Our beautiful pond has been dredged in recent weeks - look at the difference! https://t.co/SuUIA1DRej

18/08/22

Congratulations to our Y13 students who achieved amazing results today, over 75% A*-B! 34 students out of 116 were awarded 3 or more A*/Distinction* grades in their subjects! All credit to them & staff who worked tirelessly during the pandemic to deliver lessons ensuring success. https://t.co/kKst8eENak

17/08/22

Our students just love Enrichment Week Camp and we were so happy to be able to, once again, offer this during the last week of term. It was so good to be back doing the things students love, such as camp fire building, archery, climbing and open fire cooking. Roll on next year! https://t.co/FzIX68aTZ8

16/08/22

We're committed to our staff wellbeing events as well as our very popular Chocolate Fridays when each colleague has a free drink & chocolate bar to celebrate the end of the working week. Our latest one saw staff participate in Clubbercise, cake decorating & a local historic walk https://t.co/TGpoSK1nW5

12/08/22

Barton Manor School hosted the first BCAT Trust Arts Festival earlier in July showcasing the talents of BCGS & CDS students & giving a sneak preview of a small part of BMS' brand new facilities. We hope our new students starting in Sept, many of whom attended, will be inspired. https://t.co/1paU712LHh

12/08/22

Great fun at Chatham Historic Dockyard during our Enrichment Week https://t.co/dc8dRehAVs

12/08/22

The first Sports Day since 2018! Students participated in rounders, bench ball & track & field events for athletics, and visited the ice cream van, BBQ and Sixth Form run stalls. Overall winners, Wilberforce and well done to the staff team who won the 6th Form vs staff relay! https://t.co/6NN0tIOjj7

01/07/22

We're looking for talented and dedicated Teaching Assistants for our brand new school, Barton Manor, starting in September. If you or anyone you know is interested in learning more please click here: https://t.co/40UkxAa5bK

26/05/22

Announcing our new Sixth Form Prefect Team! We look forward to working with Tom, Beth, Paris and Sophie over the next year and the positive contributions they will make to the School. https://t.co/K9ljZ4c0Yz

26/05/22

Buying uniform over the next few weeks? Simmonds are running an Early Bird offer until 10 July 2022. https://t.co/qxveTwJ5dy

17/05/22

We're looking for a Learning Mentor/Cover Supervisor in our amazing school. Click here if you or anyone you know is interested. https://t.co/2gKaFX9w7o

16/05/22

The Kent & Medway Immunisation Team is coming to BCGS to give Td/IPV & MenACWY vaccinations for Y9 & any Y10 who missed it due to lockdown. Don’t forget to consent or decline using https://t.co/tv9a9ccUFI or call 0300 123 5205, text 07401320923 or use their web chat for more info

13/05/22

We're still looking for an amazing Sixth Form Pastoral Manager if you or anyone you know is interested and wants to make a difference to our amazing Sixth Form students. https://t.co/ozoyxUI1mU

13/05/22

In not much over an hour we raised £237 for last Friday in our cake sale. All money raised went to for their fundraising efforts. https://t.co/uP8bnFRs9A

11/05/22

We have been handed the keys to our brand new free school, Barton Manor. State-of-the-art facilities for the new Y7 arriving in September. Staff and governors were very excited to see it yesterday! https://t.co/LRO6uTekFd

05/05/22

Summer's coming! https://t.co/4zhbrxVL5Q

05/05/22

fundraising with a Cake Sale tomorrow! https://t.co/Ucoi3caI7A

27/04/22

We're looking to recruit a Sixth Form Pastoral Manager to work with our Y12/Y13 students. If you or someone you know is interested please click the link below for more information. https://t.co/ozoyxUqqvm

Careers Advice

As part of improving the quality and effectiveness of Barton Court's Careers Education and Guidance for our students, Mrs Smith (Assistant Head Teacher), Mr Wilcock (Head of Year 12 and Careers Coordinator) and Miss Sims (Lead Teacher for Gifted and Talented students) are working with governors, heads of year, teaching staff, students, parents, external agencies, further education institutions and businesses so that Barton Court continues to ensure that our students receive excellent Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG).

Contact details for key staff:

Mr Wilcock, Head of Year 12 and Careers Coordinator – rwilcock@bartoncourt.org

                          Mr Wilcock can be contacted on 01227 464600

Miss Sims, Lead teacher for Gifted and Talented students – asims@bartoncourt.org

Mrs Smith, Assistant Head Teacher – ssmith@bartoncourt.org

Mr White, Associate Assistant Head Teacher, Head of Sixth Form – awhite@bartoncourt.org

Barton Court is working to achieve the 8 Gatsby Careers Benchmarks, which reflect international best practice, to improve careers provision. As a school, we will be ensuring that we maintain all 8 Gatsby benchmarks throughout the academic year 2021-2022.

The school has used Compass, an online self-evaluation tool for schools to use to assess how careers support compares against the Gatsby Benchmarks and the national average. We have baselined ourselves using this tool to improve our careers programme based on these results, and track the school’s progress against the Benchmarks over time. A tracker planning tool will be used to help record activities clearly and easily, and will identify how the school is meeting the Benchmark scores.

Barton Court Grammar School is working with The Careers & Enterprise Company (CEC) which will provide external support to the school. In 2014, the Government established the CEC, to provide the strategic coordination for employers, schools, colleges, funders and careers programme providers to create high impact careers and enterprise support to young people (aged 12-18). The CEC’s initial focus has been on employer engagement, based on evidence about the importance of giving young people more opportunities to connect with employers of all sizes and from all sectors. The aim will be for every student from Year 7 -13 to have at least one meaningful encounter each year with employers and that these encounters will inspire pupils and allow them to learn about what work is like, or what it takes to be successful in the workforce. In addition to this, the schools aim is for all or the majority of pupils to have encounters with further or higher education establishment. Students will have encounters with these organisations whilst in school (in addition to the access we provide to apprenticeships and universities).

From Year 7 through to Year 13 students are encouraged to actively develop knowledge and skills that contribute to their preparations for the world of employment across a range of subjects, tutor time and dedicated focus days.  Activities, including business and enterprise projects as well as workshops and specialist speakers, support our provision for our students.

All students from Year 7 to Year 13 are able to create their own personal account with the online Cascaid software packages that include Launchpad (suitable for KS3), Kudos and Careerscape (suitable for KS3, 4 and 5). Students can use this software to consider how their skills and interests relate to the world of careers opportunities available. In order to ensure all students have 24/7 access to resources that support CEIAG, there is a dedicated area in the Learning Gateway for Careers which enables both parents/carers and students to access information relating to employment, higher and further education, apprenticeships and training. The Careers section in Barton Court’s secure Learning Gateway includes Local Market Information (LMI), recent careers digital publications, links to useful online resources to support the creation of CVs, personal statements, as well as links to online software package and careers tools available.

The CXK service is available to young people through a professionally qualified Personal Advisor. CXK ensures that personal advisors are prepared for their role to maintain a high standard of guidance and have enhanced DBS checks along with up-to-date safeguarding training. Barton Court’s dedicated CXK adviser is Rachel Jury who provides independent and impartial advice and guidance within the school to students as they face decisions about their future.  He is available in schools and offer confidential guidance and support to teenagers about careers, education, training and job options, as well as other issues such as health, money, relationships, and housing. Barton Court’s provision for careers education, advice and guidance (CEIAG) offers an integrated careers programme from Year 7’s PSHEE Enrichment Day in July, group sessions for year 8 students on choosing GCSE options, through to individual interviews with actions plans for year 11 and 6th form students. Rachel Jury will attend selected parents’ and options evenings and is available to provide advice for parents/carers as well as students.

CXK Personal Advisors can work with parents/carers to help prepare their son or daughter for the future. There might be particular times when it is useful to have independent professional help and guidance, for example when one’s son or daughter:

  • is starting to think about their GCSE subject choices at Key Stage 3
     
  • is considering their options after Year 11. Personal advisors can give them advice and guidance on staying on in full-time education, starting work, training, work-based learning or apprenticeships
     
  • is thinking about future learning following their sixth-form studies
     
  • may be experiencing difficulties and they need extra support to get back on track
     
  • needs advice on the benefits available to them to support their progression through education and training
     
  • has a learning difficulty or disability and needs help with their next steps

How to contact CXK through the school: email rwilcock@bartoncourt.org

Every pupil, and their parents/carers, should have access to good quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities. The National Careers Service offers information and professional advice about education, training and work to adults and young people aged 13 years and over. Pupils and their parents/carers can access support via a website, helpline and web chat. For more information see:

https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk

http://www.lmiforall.org.uk/

https://www.kent.ac.uk/careers

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