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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

Why Thinking Schools?

Barton Court has chosen the Thinking School Approach because it is “transformational”.

Why?

  • “It is hard to achieve and therefore worth doing”
  • It has, at its heart, a complete focus on transforming learning rather than just teaching
  • It has sustainability
  • If successful it creates a common language of learning
  • Students use thinking tools independently
  • It has helped create an environment of “continuous improvement” and striving for the next challenge
  • “It breaks down geographical, political, cultural and financial disparities and barriers” (RGS)

In order to try to explain our decision to become a Thinking School, the information below has been organised using the De Bono’s 6 Hat Thinking Strategies. This Thinking Tool allows us to analyse and evaluate information from a variety of perspectives. The green and red hat thinking poses questions for you to consider.

Thinking Hat   WhiteThe White Hat (Facts and Statistics)

We are committed to the development of cognitive education and we invest, time, energy and money into research, development and evaluation of a broad range of thinking tools and activities. We have a team of teachers who are committed to develop the Thinking School approach. We have a Thinking Map accredited trainer who has trained all staff on the use of the 8 Thinking Maps and we have Lead Practitioners working on the development of Thinking Hats, Habits of Mind and Thinkers Keys. Whole staff have been trained in the use of the 6 Hats. We are proud to say that we have embedded the 8 maps in our curriculum, pastoral and leadership programmes and are starting to do the same with the Hats. We have been attending the International Thinking School Conference for the last two years where we have been given the chance to work with TSI (Thinking Schools International) and Kestrel Education. This allows us to make connections with other schools and to work with external consultants providing excellent CPD.

Thinking Hat   BlueThe Blue Hat (Organisational Aspects)

The idea of a Thinking School must transcend the entire organisation from the Head teacher and Governors, Senior/Middle Leaders, teachers, support staff and students. The Thinking agenda is largely driven by the Assistant Head teacher (Mrs Benard-Grosso) together with the Senior Lead Practitioner (Nick Harvey) and the Lead Practitioner team and Staff Drive Team driven by the Head teacher. We also have a team of motivated and committed Thinking School Representatives who are part of our Student Drive Team.  All these individuals have a real passion for developing cognitive education within the School.

All members of staff are expected to help with the implementation, development and assessment of thinking strategies. This applies to Form Tutors, Curriculum Leaders, the Senior Leadership Team, teaching staff and administrative staff. The commitment to cognitive education and ways of thinking are part of performance management for ALL staff.

Thinking Hat   YellowThe Yellow Hat (All the great things!)

So what has happened as a result of introducing these strategies and ideas?

  • Work has become more visual, structured, concise and more personalised
  • There are more transferrable skills between curriculum areas
  • There is a clear school vision
  • Increased dialogue between curriculum areas and teaching staff
  • Clarity of CPD and performance management
  • Student understanding of different thought processes
  • Lessons are more varied and more interactive
  • Students and staff are becoming even more reflective
  • Higher level questioning has become natural
  • Students are beginning to take more ownership and responsibility for their work
  • Our message is spreading to other secondary schools, partnership schools and feeder schools
  • Students are moving from what they know to how they know
  • Students are becoming more fluent in how to explain their own thinking
  • A pastoral programme that is meaningful and reflective

Thinkin Hat   BlackThe Black Hat ( The Challenges and Barriers/ Problems)

  • Implementing new ideas to begin with seems forced, disingenuous and ironically leads to a lack of originality in lessons
  • How to train whole staff and students? Through enrichment day?
  • Maps can be used as a graphic support and not as a thinking process.
  • Once a new strategy is embedded along comes another!  When do we stop and how do we sustain what we have?
  • Training new staff ( incl. NQTs, PGCEs)
  • New students - how do we induct them without increasing work for ourselves?
  • How to ensure consistency?
  • How to engage everyone without creating confusion/ irritation and lack of independence
  • Performance management – encourage teachers even if they do not agree with the principle of cognitive education.  The issue of the tick box approach?
  • Sustainability – staff turnover?

Thinking Hat   RedThe Red Hat (Emotional Response)

  • As a potential teacher/ leader, how do you feel about our thinking skills approach?
  • Ask yourself how well you would fit in. Does the thought of this inspire you or the opposite?
  • How do you feel about delivering this in the classroom/ curriculum/ pastoral?
  • What is your immediate reaction? Your “gut feeling”?

Thinking Hat   GreenThe Green Hat (Creativity/Solutions)

  • Take a look at the Black Hat again. What ideas could you bring to knock down some of these brick walls?
  • What experience have you had with similar problems? How did you solve or approach these?
  • Have you used any thinking strategies in your previous jobs? Were they successful? What can we learn from your experience
  • What can you offer to BCGS as a thinking school?