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25/01/23

Yesterday, the BCGS and BMS Maths Club investigated the relationship between wingspan and the flight time of paper helicopters. https://t.co/HvR3ZsEmMU

25/01/23

Barton Court Grammar School Sixth Form Open Evening is tonight, 6:30pm - 8:30pm, with Headteacher Presentations at 7pm and 8pm. Call or email us for further information. Parking available on site via Spring Lane or parking in the Pay & Display Car Park opp St Augustine's Abbey.

25/01/23

Retweeted From School of Education, University of Exeter

Many congratulations to on their re-accreditation as an Advanced Thinking School, an excellent achievement 👏👏👏 The full accreditation report is available on the TS website: https://t.co/W3qoIswTfZ

13/01/23

A Gifted & Talented lunch took place yesterday for students who have been identified as gifted & talented in more than half of their subjects. Real all-rounders! https://t.co/rDOQXBOWCW

11/01/23

Any Y7/8 BCGS students wanting to join the Debate Club held at BMS each Wednesday after school? https://t.co/lGNgaoMFiA

10/01/23

We're delighted to announce that our students had enormous success at the recent John Downton Awards and BCGS was awarded "Best Overall School". Congratulations to everyone! https://t.co/NeaZJwwGAq

09/01/23

A reminder of the cold weather before Christmas. Our frozen pond looking very ethereal, taken by our Site team. https://t.co/LpeoNu7sDG

15/12/22

This week Year 7 students from Barton Court and Barton Manor took part in a Maths Bake-Off Challenge, using their Mathematical skills to decipher a jumbled up recipe. Their excellent cooking skills resulted in superb candy cane shortbreads! https://t.co/06crHZEr2P

13/12/22

A treat to kick start the week yesterday for our hard working staff - the diet starts in January! https://t.co/VV0yST48UW

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

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.