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09/05/24

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: https://t.co/QGVstdWTw4 pic.twitter.com/4d8FyqTefK

06/03/24

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12/12/23

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. pic.twitter.com/6fWGNjA7FO

12/12/23

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. pic.twitter.com/mMtZfPMjyf

17/11/23

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. pic.twitter.com/LNQ3U09XeH

16/11/23

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 pic.twitter.com/dhjOOePsQ0

09/11/23

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! pic.twitter.com/UCylXt9upM

09/11/23

We are looking for three new Exam Invigilators so if you, or anyone you know, is interested please click the link below:https://t.co/jognYVbWWF

08/11/23

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". pic.twitter.com/RwxQqiyS24

30/10/23

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! pic.twitter.com/3EVO0LLwpB

25/10/23

🚨 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 pic.twitter.com/UxfWbgwEgD

25/10/23

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.https://t.co/ZHSU1P9JfN

24/10/23

Amazing self portrait from a student in Y8 in the style of Kehinde Wiley who the year group have been studying.#art pic.twitter.com/VbI9F0kuyB

23/10/23

🚨 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 pic.twitter.com/UxfWbgwEgD

17/10/23

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. pic.twitter.com/C19F3HmDcu

12/10/23

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. pic.twitter.com/pBdlLrFrk1

12/10/23

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 pic.twitter.com/r3qXMkfw1v

09/10/23

Congratulations to two of our Y13 students who were short-listed for the Canterbury Festival Poetry Comp 2023. Gideon was awarded 1st place & Alicia 2nd place in the 16-18 category from a field of over 400 poems submitted from a host of other Kent schools. pic.twitter.com/gbg8f5YxoQ

09/10/23

We are looking for an Attendance & Cover Officer to start at BCGS as soon as possible. If you, or someone you know, is interested please click the link below for more information.https://t.co/ZHSU1P9JfN

28/09/23

Yesterday's guide summarized what trusted adults need to know about the potential dangers of vaping for young people. pic.twitter.com/0U9RSSGOnO

23/09/23

The BCGS community raised a massive £18,789 for our chosen charities last year & This exceeded our target of £15k and as a result we are aiming to raise £20k this academic year for the charities students choose in the coming weeks

23/09/23

Our talented Asst Site Manager has been at it again taking fantastic pictures of the Canterbury skyline from our roof! pic.twitter.com/uNSZnMj6pZ

02/08/23

We're delighted to be awarded status which recognises the value we place on music both within the curriculum & through extra curricular activities & events. Thank you for recommending us. We'll use this to develop links with partners & expand our provision pic.twitter.com/m1DoNrxNRQ

27/07/23

Students had a brilliant time visiting .Yet another great activity filled day in our Enrichment Week at the end of last term. pic.twitter.com/ewM3W3xSrD

24/07/23

We were delighted to welcome students from Zhangjiagang Liangfeng International School in China at the end of term. They shadowed their BCGS buddy & participated in enrichment activities, such as Sports Day, calligraphy, cooking, the cinema, orienteering & a tour of Canterbury. pic.twitter.com/EtazSo9Lvu

Enrichment Activities

Barton Court Grammar School offers a broad range of enrichment activities through the Enrichment Day and Enrichment Week programmes and the PSHEE curriculum. There are 3 Enrichment Days in total per year. The Enrichment Programme enables the school to provide experiential learning opportunities to students. Enrichment helps students to develop their interests and abilities, provides valuable learning experiences outside their studies, and promotes independence and interpersonal links with students in other years.

Students are given opportunities within school to:

  • Inspire Lectures
  • Visit Universities making links with their chosen subject areas (UCLP)
  • PSHEE wellbeing days
  • 6 PSHEE sessions across the year delivered by tutors and outside speakers
  • The Learning 2 Learn Programme
  • G&T workshops and projects
  • Vote in school-based elections
  • Student Voice (Sit on student council).
  • Student Drive Team
  • Attend clubs at lunchtime and after-school extracurricular clubs (see separate list)
  • Go on school trips
  • Participate in sports fixtures
  • Participate in cross –curricular Inter-House competitions
  • Participate in musical events, drama productions
  • Take part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme
  • Participate in competitions such as Maths Challenge, Biology Olympiad, Debating, Design Technology
  • STEM programme (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)
  • School magazine, The Clarion!
  • Take on a leadership role, such as Head Girl/Boy, Prefect
  • Be a student Mentor
  • Lead and present in assemblies
  • Lead and support regular charity events

Enrichment Days

These days enrich the curriculum and allow students to learn through a wide range of activities in a variety of settings, both in school and beyond.  Enrichment Days provide opportunities for students to strengthen and further develop their skills to become confident independent learners ready for the challenges of the 21st Century.  Our students become increasingly active and independent in their learning and thinking.  Students participate in activities that are truly cross-curricular in order to make links between different areas of the curriculum and in order to develop truly transferable skills.  Students develop a wide-range of skills including Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (Creative Thinking, Effective Participation, Independent Enquiry, Reflective Learning, Self-Management and Team Working), Enterprise skills (Innovation, Creativity, Planning, Personal Risk and Management) and Leadership skills.

Enrichment Week

Enrichment week is an important and rewarding week during term 6 in July. It is an opportunity for students to take charge of their learning journey, to challenge themselves with new experiences, work alongside their peers in different year groups, activities and numerous workshops offered by all departments at the school. During Enrichment Week, normal lessons are suspended and we aim to provide students with a wide range of opportunities that help to enrich their school experience. In the past these have included a huge array of trips to a variety of different places both locally and abroad. We believe that it is important to give students a taste of life and culture in other countries to broaden their horizons. As such, foreign travel features in the programme.  Students in Year 8 and Year 9 have the opportunity to take a residential trip to Italy, where they can sample the culture and visit historical sites. Taking part in a fun and enjoyable residential visit, allows students to experience new activities, make new friends, build self-confidence, develop team-work skills, leadership skills and experience the life and culture in another country, if the trip is abroad.

Students in Year 11 and Year 13 will be taking a welcome break/holiday following the completion of their GCSE, A –Level and BTEC examinations. Year 10 and Year 12 students will be taking part in Work Experience. Students in Year 8 and 9 will have the opportunity to take part in school based activities or one of the day trips offered and listed in the Enrichment Week booklet. In Year 7, students will take part in a residential camp, where students will be able to not only build self-confidence and team-work skills by bonding as a year group, but also valuable bush craft and first aid skills will be covered during the week.

For students not taking part in one of the many residential trips offered there is a full Enrichment Programme offered in School. There will be a range of on-site activities for students across the different years such as Pond dipping, Zumba, Boxing, Technology Challenge, First Aid courses, Tennis, Music, Art and PE activities such as Bench Ball, Gaelic Football and American Football.  Multicultural days are also being organised for Year 8 and Year 9 where a variety of workshops will be led by international / external visitors. Other activities are also on offer across different years, including Red Cross workshops dealing with "How to stay safe" course, Kent Warden and Kent Fire and Rescue offering workshops of staying safe.