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15/06/21

Retweeted From The Charles Dickens School

Despite everything that 2020 held our Y11 Art students still managed to impress us with their resilience. Have a look through our archive photos of some of last year’s work that Year 11 created. We truly hope that they are all continuing their creative journeys. https://t.co/higUSGiI3R

15/06/21

Retweeted From The Charles Dickens School

Despite everything that 2020 held our Y11 Art students still managed to impress us with their resilience. Have a look through our archive photos of some of last year’s work that Year 11 created. We truly hope that they are all continuing their creative journeys. https://t.co/XXvQ8e8LcI

15/06/21

Retweeted From The Charles Dickens School

Despite everything that 2020 held our Y11 Art students still managed to impress us with their resilience. Have a look through our archive photos of some of last year’s work that Year 11 created. We truly hope that they are all continuing their creative journeys. https://t.co/Nbk6wNxmgi

15/06/21

Retweeted From The Charles Dickens School

Despite everything that 2020 held our Y11 Art students still managed to impress us with their resilience. Have a look through our archive photos of some of last year’s work that Year 11 created. We truly hope that they are all continuing their creative journeys. https://t.co/t8mqltsUi1

15/06/21

Barton Manor School is really taking shape now! https://t.co/tFicNJicda

11/06/21

Retweeted From The Charles Dickens School

The School’s Anti-Bullying Team are working to create a reflection area for children who need somewhere to go when they want some quiet time. The garden coming into bloom now but there is still a lot of work to be done! https://t.co/ZbvTTCK9wk

11/06/21

Retweeted From The Charles Dickens School

Hospitality & Catering: 20 of our talented Year 9 Hospitality students are currently involved in an extra-curricular programme with Luna Training, developing skills in Hospitality (Front of House) and Catering (Back of House). https://t.co/UFdMwE5o9G

11/06/21

Our consultation for the new free school, Barton Manor, ends on 22 June at 9am. We'd love to hear your feedback so click here https://t.co/MraVOBzSNK to let us have your views. https://t.co/rHBBjY61e2

08/06/21

To mark Pride month this year, we are running a "Pride flag" competition! We are calling on our students to get creative, and to make a visual representation of one of the Pride flags. The competition is open to all year groups, and closes on Friday 25th June. https://t.co/v2TTHUzJG1

27/05/21

Lady Colgrain, , & the Lord Mayor of Canterbury along with other dignitories visited Barton Manor School new build for the Topping Out Ceremony on Tuesday this week. Fabulous views from the roof and the rain held off ! https://t.co/gY98sHwAAW

27/05/21

Retweeted From Kent Police (UK)

Does your child know how to stay safe online? Talk to them about the capabilities of their devices, how to create a strong password and why they should not upload or share any private information or images. For more guidance, visit: https://t.co/wdqcYTSEqj https://t.co/rrorppgbqg

26/05/21

Retweeted From National Online Safety

Message received ✉ But from who? This week’s guide uncovers the risks around TextMe, the popular messaging app which encourages anonymity online 🕵 Desktop: https://t.co/QF3rLBwuRf Download app: https://t.co/mjqP2JW4SH https://t.co/thiyEcPDKq

26/05/21

Retweeted From The Charles Dickens School

Wellbeing Wednesday: This week students are looking at ‘readaxation’ To be able to relax shouldn’t be a luxury but an essential to mental health and wellbeing. Burying your nose in a book is the perfect way to relax! https://t.co/osbCGtvdal

26/05/21

Students and staff raised £1229.21 from our Non Uniform Day last Friday for our chosen charities this year.

25/05/21

We're celebrating the Topping Out Ceremony of the new free school, Barton Manor, today. Looking forward to posting pics of the fabulous views from the roof and welcoming the Lord-Lieutenant, the Lady Colgrain and the Lord Mayor of Canterbury, to the event. https://t.co/tLYpVVlwGf

25/05/21

Max & Sanju ran to school last Friday morning in very blustery conditions raising £578 for the Canterbury Food Bank. Click here to support them: https://t.co/3A4jW2iTLB https://t.co/otEtIP2IWs

19/05/21

Simmonds are offering 10% off BCGS uniform for online orders between 22 May-10 July + free delivery. Don't forget they now have a new shop, J7 M20, at Newnham Court Shopping Village. https://t.co/YojrKs1pDv

19/05/21

Retweeted From Kent County Council

Moodspark is packed full of activities, information, and resources to help young people understand what resilience is, and how to better take care of their emotional wellbeing. Moodspark is . https://t.co/B5WT8y12WY https://t.co/Vmv6zM8MNo

17/05/21

We've added a FAQ sheet to our Consultation page on the Barton Manor School website, click here to access this for further answers to any questions you may have regarding our new free school opening in September 2022. https://t.co/MraVOBzSNK

17/05/21

Amazing drone footage, taken a couple of months ago of the construction site of our new free school, Barton Manor. It's progressed a bit since then, but still worth a watch for the perspective of the build. https://t.co/CBH2P41XbB

07/05/21

Join our virtual Consultation Evening on Tue 11 May at 6pm to find out about our brand new secondary school opening in Sept 2022. Click the link below to join the meeting. We'd love to hear your views. More details on the Barton Manor School website. https://t.co/VWbdDBMIFx https://t.co/NySi9qa9E4

22/04/21

Our Y5 Taster Day in June is now fully booked. We're looking forward to delivering a morning fully of fantastic activities for students who are interested in joining the school in the future.

21/04/21

Wow, we've nearly filled all the places on our Y5 Taster Morning on Saturday 26 June, so be quick if you remain interested. https://t.co/RcV0v6wEY6

16/04/21

We're delighted to announce our Y5 Taster Morning is back on Saturday 26 June 9am-1pm (Covid-19 restrictions allowing). Form and leaflet available on our website and will be sent to primary schools for distribution too. Booking online is easy. https://t.co/k8P1184SRv

07/04/21

Barton Manor School, the Trust's new free school opening in September 2022 is progressing well! https://t.co/GFkwL55uCj

01/04/21

The Easter Bunny made a visit to staff today! Wishing all our school community a happy and safe Easter break. https://t.co/p3AcTKlk4s

01/04/21

Our Senior Deputy Headteacher is rather proud of our Advanced Thinking Schools Level 2 Accreditation! https://t.co/7SItlh04Sv

30/03/21

We've received our certificate of Advanced Thinking School Level 2 status from Congratulations to everyone who worked so hard to achieve this. https://t.co/193gqgRL5S

29/03/21

Today is the start of World Autism Awareness Week 2021, raising the challenges that people with autism face. https://t.co/mtwJ9qYXl2

29/03/21

Introducing School Police Officers - everything you need to know explained here. https://t.co/DzNS4zqFor

26/03/21

V proud of our Y8 student whose newly designed flag won a comp to be taken to the Antarctic as part of the UK Polar Network. Now flying at the INACH Chilean Antarctic base, raising awareness of Antarctica Day & the globalised world we live in! https://t.co/L5MzHnvDBw

26/03/21

Brilliant news! We've raised £1,322.97 for Comic Relief & Red Nose Day via our non uniform event. 👏👏👏#rednoseday

10/02/21

BCGS students and staff have covered a whopping 10,798km in the PE Kent Coast Challenge. We have until the end of Valentine’s Day to top up the distances – let’s try and reach 20,000km mark! Well done to everyone who has logged their exercise and got involved.

08/02/21

We are delighted to have received the National Online Safety Safe Remote Education Accrediation for our successful approach towards safeguarding children & supporting welbeing during remote teaching & learning. https://t.co/Q4UnHUw31b

27/01/21

As a member school of National Online Safety, we're embarking on Safe Remote Education accreditation to demonstrate our commitment in this vital area. https://t.co/9yweilGscZ

25/01/21

The PE dept Kent Coast Challenge launched last week & we are off to a great start. Students covered a whopping 1224km & staff 649km to give a weekly total of 1874km. Week 2 is a full week so we are targeting 5000km by Sun 31st. Well done everyone, keep walking, jogging & cycling!

22/01/21

Looking to stay active during lockdown? Why don’t you give the PE Department’s fitness challenge a go! For further details watch the video which the PE department have posted to your PE class Microsoft Teams page, or read the information on the image below. Good luck! https://t.co/Pma2TXcEjx

08/12/20

Can you assist one of our ex students now at Cambridge and conducting a study exploring father-child play? https://t.co/8o0Prjd5SC

13/11/20

Congratulations to some of our Sixth Form students who have been shortlisted for the John Downton Awards this year https://t.co/5r5OIkg2yL

13/07/20

Year 8 have ended their work on space by using and/or the . Here are spiral galaxies classified by Julia, Hayden and Erin, and Ryley's Jupiter (with three moons) https://t.co/1HZogj9NaB

Introduction

Vision and Mission

At Barton Court Grammar School we wish to nurture and develop all students and to provide an environment rich in opportunities for learning and for the development of individual gifts and talents.

We aim to inspire our students to be global citizens prepared for the exciting opportunities and challenges of today’s world. They will be encouraged to develop thinking skills that can be applied across disciplines, to learn languages which will allow them to communicate with confidence, and to develop the skills of leadership, collaboration and self-knowledge essential for happiness and personal fulfilment.

Each student at Barton Court Grammar School is unique and our programmes are designed to support the developing needs of our students. The Gifted and Talented programmes are created to ensure the very best success for those students identified as having a particular gift or talent but are also open to all students who wish to aim high and achieve the very best in their academic and personal development.

Enrichment

There are a wide range of opportunities and activities available at Barton Court Grammar School for students to enjoy. These enrichment opportunities are provided to expose our students to exciting and interesting ideas which will in turn help them to develop into confident and curious young men and women. In addition, undertaking a wide variety of extra-curricular activities and demonstrating a wide learning experience is a vital element of preparation for university application.

Leadership

Students will be encouraged to develop their leadership skills over the course of their years at Barton Court, particularly in Years 10 -13, and we wish to see them become independent and confident leaders in our school community. Therefore, in addition to our prefect system, we provide opportunities for students to become subject prefects, to lead clubs and societies and to establish their own extra-curricular activities and societies.

All students will be encouraged to organise an event, either for a charitable cause, to promote a club or society, or to entertain and exhibit work to the public.

In addition, students will be encouraged develop confidence and ability in public speaking and presentation through participation in debate and public speaking societies. All students will receive coaching and guidance in effective presentation and public speaking skills. Students will also be given the opportunity to participate in formal debate competitions, the Youth Speaks public speaking contests and to sit for the LAMDA speaking examinations.

Experiential Learning

There is a wide range of trips and visits available to students over the course of the year and we urge students to take advantage of the opportunity to develop their understanding and experience of the world.  Students will also be encouraged to suggest and plan trips which they regard as beneficial and exciting for a group.

In addition, students will have access to a range of workshops and Enrichments Days. It is our aim that students regard enrichment as an essential element of learning and that they feel comfortable in new and challenging learning environments. These experiences are designed to encourage independent learning and the investigation of possible career paths.

Students will also be given help and guidance when looking at opportunities for work experience and every effort will be made to ensure that students find placements which will meet their ambitions and career interests.

Inspire Lecture Series

Students will be able to attend inspirational and motivational lectures by a range of professionals. The lectures are held once a month at Barton Court and they focus on a wide variety of subjects from medicine to music. Lectures are advertised on SharePoint and by form tutors and we hope that our students will take advantage of the opportunity to hear professionals talk from a position of experience and wisdom.

Independent Learning

Students in Year 10 and 11 will be encouraged to undertake the EPQ 2. This is a student designed and led learning project on a subject of their choice. They will undertake the research and writing independently with the support of a ‘tutor’. This experience will prepare them for the longer EPQ, which they will complete in Year 13 and will also allow them the time to develop their ability to work independently and with curiosity and determination.

In addition students on the Gifted and Talented registers will be encouraged to undertake a number of extension tasks based upon a theme or ‘problem’  over the course of the year. Their work and efforts will be celebrated in displays and in a culminating celebration event in the summer term.

Four Year Support Programmes – supporting and encouraging ambition and passion

At Barton Court Grammar School we aim to provide support and direction for our students. There are several programmes available which are intended to help students aim for success with a real sense of purpose and determination in their vital years at school. Students will have the benefit of guidance and support in Years 7 – 9 and in Years 10 -13 and these bespoke programmes are intended to meet their needs as their interests and abilities emerge and develop.

However, it is also vital that our students learn to take control and ownership of their own path and that they become independent and confident in their pursuit of success. With this in mind, students will be expected to keep an Aim High Progress Log that demonstrates and celebrates their intellectual and personal growth over the four year period.

Aim High

The Aim High programme is open to any student who wishes to attend a Russell Group or Top 25 University in any subject. As competition for places is challenging, it is essential that students are supported in this ambition from Year 10. Students on the Aim High programme will be encouraged to research courses at the universities, attend open days and maintain excellent academic progress with a top university goal in mind. In addition, students will be encouraged to participate in extra-curricular activities so that they can create an interesting and attractive Curriculum Vitae prior to application.

Medics, Dentists and Vets

Students who are interested in a career in medicine, dentistry or veterinary medicine will be placed on a four-year programme designed to stimulate their interest in the field, support the challenge of application and ensure that they are prepared for a challenging career. Students will have the opportunity for university visits, support from mentors in the field and attendance at open days and tasters. In addition, students will have the support of a staff mentor from the science department and regular opportunities to meet with professionals for guidance, advice and inspiration.

Oxbridge Programme

Preparation for Oxbridge must begin early! Any students who are identified as having Oxbridge potential in Year 10 upwards will be placed on the four-year programme. In addition, students who have ambition, but may not have been ‘identified’, to apply to Oxbridge are welcome to join the programme. Students will have access to a range of activities intended to develop their understanding of and interest in an Oxbridge degree. They will attend open days, short courses and visits, research the application process and develop an academic and rich extra-curricular profile prior to application. Academic progress will be monitored and students will be supported in their quest for excellence. In addition, students will be given opportunities to practice for the Oxbridge examinations and the interview so that they develop a confident understanding of the process.

Law

Any students considering a law degree will be offered support and guidance specific to their needs. Students will be encouraged to research the various fields of Law including Jurisprudence and Ethics so that their application is strengthened by an understanding of the philosophical and political importance of the field. In addition, students will be encouraged to attend open days and relevant talks and workshops in aspects of Law. They will be offered support in preparation for the LMAT and interview process. Potential law students will also be encouraged to work with a professional mentor in the field. Future lawyers need to demonstrate an ability to think and argue rationally and clearly. We will, therefore, encourage our future lawyers to participate in debate, public speaking and philosophy clubs.

Engineering and STEM

Our future engineers, mathematicians and scientists will also benefit from a four-year plan tailored to meet their particular needs. As the world of science and technology changes so rapidly it is vital that students keep abreast of developments through attendance at workshops, lectures and open days. In addition, there are many opportunities for students to compete in various fields of science and technology and our future scientists will be encouraged to participate in a range of extra-curricular events and competitions. STEM activities will be advertised through tutor groups and by the Science and Maths Departments.  There are also regular opportunities for young women who are hoping to undertake a degree or career in a STEM related subject. The Gifted and Talented Coordinator will ensure that the young women of BCGS are aware of these opportunities.

Support and Mentoring

Students at Barton Court Grammar School will have access to a wide range of support as they prepare for success. Each student on the Gifted register will be designated a staff mentor who will track and monitor their progress and ensure that they are achieving their academic potential in the subject in which they have displayed ability.

In addition, all students will work closely with the Gifted and Talented Coordinator who will meet with them on a regular basis. The Gifted and Talented Coordinator will hold regular focus groups in which students can share ideas and concerns, develop ideas for events and presentations, and determine the future of the programmes on offer. Student voice is essential so that programmes are fresh, innovative and interesting for the student body. 

In addition, we expect our Gifted Year 12 and 13 students to develop their potential as leaders through mentoring younger students and running clubs in specific areas to inspire students and aid their learning.

Curriculum Support – providing stretch and challenge in subject areas

All staff are aware of the particular gifts and talents of students in their classes and will always provide activities and tasks to stretch the most able within their subject area. Each department has created a number of wide and open ended learning tasks with this stretch and challenge in mind. Students will be asked to choose TWO of these tasks over the course of an academic year and to complete those tasks to an agreed deadline. The extension tasks will be marked and displayed. In addition, many of the products will be presented and displayed at the celebration event in the summer term.

In addition, students will be expected to demonstrate personal development in a portfolio record of achievement. A vital element of this portfolio will be the meta-cognitive response designed to encourage students to become more reflective and aware of their own thinking process, abilities and problem solving strategies.

Parent Support

Parent support is vital and there are many ways that you can become involved and help us to support the development of happy and successful young people.

  • If you have a particular experience within a professional career we would welcome your input and time in the form of lectures, workshops or support sessions.
  • We frequently require professional support for mock-interviews in a range of fields
  • We will hold a number of careers events, including a career fair which require a variety of professional representatives to help students learn about the world of work.
  • Professional mentors are vitally important and help us to support students who aspire to careers unique to those of their own family members
  •  We aim to help students find rich and interesting work experience opportunities that pertain to a possible career choice. If you are able to offer students a short placement we would love to hear from you.
  • We hold several information evenings over the school year to help and support parents and offer advice on ways that parents can help their son or daughter to become happy, independent and passionate life-long learners.