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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

25/04/22

We raised £1,486 for Ukraine last week on our additional non school uniform day. This is going to the Red Cross to support their fundraising efforts. https://t.co/AmW6cBtLDv

25/04/22

If you, or someone you know, might be interested in joining the BCGS Local Governing Body, please click the link below. We currently have two roles available. https://t.co/ouSiqhBGJ4

06/04/22

BCGS welcomed over 20 employers to the Careers Fayre last week when students were given the opportunity to speak with businesses & universities from across Kent & London to find out about what is involved in a variety of careers. A big thank you to all who attended. https://t.co/YuJIK7mA4n

04/04/22

BCGS is part of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Associate Schools Prog & this year students from Y9, 12 & 13 took part in a 2 hour workshop along with 21 other schools across Kent to bring the tale of Much Ado About Nothing to life. An amazing experience! https://t.co/8PiOsOLxXd

29/03/22

We're looking for two new Governors to join our Local Governing Board for Barton Court Grammar School. If you are interested or know someone who might be please click on the link below for more details. https://t.co/ouSiqhBGJ4

28/03/22

Retweeted From Barton Manor School

Barton Manor school build was completed last week! The School will legally be transferred to BCAT on 1 May 2022 so we have plenty of time to move in ready to welcome our new Y7 students and their parents/carers to the transition along with welcome events planned for Term 6. https://t.co/p84CtqDzeC

28/03/22

We're holding an extra non uniform day on Friday this week to raise funds to support the people of https://t.co/67hBvfq3q4

07/03/22

We're getting involved in this week with information and support for students thinking about what they do next. We're also hosting a Careers Fayre for Yrs 7-13 on Wednesday 30 March which will feature a range of local businesses & post-16 & post-18 providers https://t.co/kgacr0GsQx

04/03/22

We're proud of Niamh in Y13 who has set up https://t.co/HmSlzLTCkP as featured on Made in Kent Radio. A forum & blog for girls in Kent to share experiences & warn of suspicious sights in the area, it also provides female advice & info on various support groups https://t.co/Xvmqn2HDAS

03/03/22

A group of Y9 performed 3 devised pieces at The Arden Theatre in Faversham last week & after rehearsing in their own time they put together inspirational performances without help from staff, which were effective, emotional & informative. How proud are they of their plaque award https://t.co/xDJ9fc3TDt

03/03/22

Advanced notification for your diaries. Special offer of 10% off school uniform at the Simmonds Selling Event in June this year https://t.co/QvUARHX2hr https://t.co/uzRupWBBVS

02/03/22

Our incredibly talented pianists Yamato & Rio were taught last week by the great Freddy Kempf in his masterclass at the Kent International Piano Course. Rio was crowned overall advanced course prize runner up. They performed Debussy & Liszt in the concerts. https://t.co/my03BakREf

02/03/22

Retweeted From Barton Manor School

We are looking for an Assistant Site Manager to start at the School on 1 May. If you or someone you know is interested please click here for more details: https://t.co/99T87arMJH https://t.co/Aju3sX2ls8

01/03/22

A great achievement for Ben who defeated the No1 seed (ranked 327) winning the J5 ITF Liverpool tournament. Ben ranked 560, now moves up to 458. The ITF Junior Circuit is the premier level for worldwide competition among under the 18's so Ben's success is just fantastic! https://t.co/ecZm2pnZMB

01/03/22

Y10 languages students were treated to an Inspire Lecture from one of the Linguistics Professors at the University of Kent who taught them about the effects some languages have on others & the differences compared to English & how important language is at degree &A Level. https://t.co/LXV8c1Y4zB

01/03/22

Unfortunately we've had to cancel our Open Morning event on Thursday, but Friday's event is still going ahead, so please come along between 9am-11am. We look forward to meeting you.

11/02/22

Students raised £360 for our chosen charities today by distributing Valentine Cupcakes to those who had been sent one secretly. Lots of smiling faces when they received their gift! https://t.co/QE2kM9yzY3

11/02/22

Happy Valentines! All our brilliant staff enjoyed a Valentines doughnut this morning with their coffee. Well deserved and a good start to the half term break. https://t.co/yH8PSvx0IQ

10/02/22

We are looking for a Learning Mentor/Cover Supervisor to start as soon as possible. Please click the link below if you are interested or you know someone who might want to work at our amazing school. https://t.co/ZEmCr0Bgo0 https://t.co/XXjLFCTzrE

10/02/22

How proud are we to have achieved this! https://t.co/4odszuDPfw

08/02/22

70 of our students in Year 9 & 10 took part in the Intermediate Maths Challenge last week. The IMC is a national comp run by the UK Mathematics Trust, which gives opportunities for the more advanced mathematicians to solve interesting & unusual problems. Students loved it! https://t.co/xqWNIft3ex

07/02/22

We're sharing resources in class this week for National Apprenticeship Week. Why not try the Apprenticeship Quiz https://t.co/qaqMuBdXS3 https://t.co/hJr0GXdHib

03/02/22

Year 8 students have recently been enjoying some extra-curricular computing workshops. Making games with Kodu and programming Micro:bits! https://t.co/STNddR5Jpy

03/02/22

Fabulous sunset last night over the Pond. Taken by our resident photographer, Paul, from our Site Team. https://t.co/a2AaqlNROB

02/02/22

"Our MFL conference refuelled my drive to learn about languages and culture and a reoccurring theme was how learning languages equips you for basically any path you take in life. It reminded me of the abundance of transferable skills one gains when learning a language!" https://t.co/nhOikH1qmX

02/02/22

We're looking for a Learning Mentor/Cover Supervisor to start as soon as possible. If this interests you or you know someone who might be suitable, click the link below for more details or give us a call for an informal chat. https://t.co/ZEmCr0jFws https://t.co/JsStQOXwFV

02/02/22

The Funding Agreement for Barton Manor School has been signed meaning it's now legally within Barton Court Academy Trust and we can start offering student places on 1 March and recruiting staff. Exciting stuff! See our full press release: https://t.co/RfZ82sM0gL https://t.co/6bTfqVoKN3

27/01/22

Retweeted From The Charles Dickens School

Welcome to your weekly Wellbeing message Over the next two weeks we will be looking at Body positivity - attached are 5 ways to remind ourselves that bodies are gifts, not curses. Wishing everyone a positive week 😊 https://t.co/9VbQwXVZ7N

27/01/22

Looking forward to promoting the upcoming Safer Internet Day again this year on 8 February 2022. https://t.co/gbPX703gPG

25/01/22

Our Sixth Form Open Evening is tomorrow, Wed 26 Jan, please come along and chat to staff and existing sixth form students about life in the SF at BCGS. Click here for more details https://t.co/AMeTlyU3F0 https://t.co/DqEVhLOvLu

18/01/22

Congratulations to Ed, who this weekend became the 100m Junior Breaststroke Champion, representing BCGS, at the Kent Secondary Schools Swimming Gala He also picked up a bronze in the 200m individual medley along the way too! https://t.co/tk5OjNsIYR

13/01/22

Just 4 weeks to go until our amazing new free school is finished https://t.co/MOc4s4FoMj

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.