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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.


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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.


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.


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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.


Barton Manor School is really taking shape now!


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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!


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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).


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 to let us have your views.


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.


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 !


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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:


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Message received ✉ But from who? This week’s guide uncovers the risks around TextMe, the popular messaging app which encourages anonymity online 🕵 Desktop: Download app:


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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!


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


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.


Max & Sanju ran to school last Friday morning in very blustery conditions raising £578 for the Canterbury Food Bank. Click here to support them:


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.


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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 .


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.


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.


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.


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.


Wow, we've nearly filled all the places on our Y5 Taster Morning on Saturday 26 June, so be quick if you remain interested.


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.


Barton Manor School, the Trust's new free school opening in September 2022 is progressing well!


The Easter Bunny made a visit to staff today! Wishing all our school community a happy and safe Easter break.


Our Senior Deputy Headteacher is rather proud of our Advanced Thinking Schools Level 2 Accreditation!


We've received our certificate of Advanced Thinking School Level 2 status from Congratulations to everyone who worked so hard to achieve this.


Today is the start of World Autism Awareness Week 2021, raising the challenges that people with autism face.


Introducing School Police Officers - everything you need to know explained here.


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!


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


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.


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.


As a member school of National Online Safety, we're embarking on Safe Remote Education accreditation to demonstrate our commitment in this vital area.


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!


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!


Can you assist one of our ex students now at Cambridge and conducting a study exploring father-child play?


Congratulations to some of our Sixth Form students who have been shortlisted for the John Downton Awards this year


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)

Musical excellence

BCGS @ The Canterbury Festival

The year started with a bang in the music department as 20 students from Y8, 10, 12 and 13 were invited to take part in a samba workshop, in preparation or the Canterbury Festival Opening Parade on 14th October. This was run by professional samba musicians Kinetika Bloco. Students were taught about the various drums within the ensemble and learnt two pieces.

The parade was an excellent opportunity for students to show case their skills and we caused quite a stir in the high street (in full costume!).

Canterbury Festival

A more formal event took place later in the Festival season, with our Canterbury Festival lunchtime concert in the Speigaltent in November. This featured soloists and ensembles from all year groups and was well attended by members of the public. Highlights of the concert included Yamato Kinoshita (piano) playing Tarentella, Mia Cray (voice) gave an emotive performance of ‘I Don’t Want to Be Here’ and Anna Long (voice) sang a highly polished version of the jazz standard ‘Black Coffee’. We would like to thank the Canterbury Festival for the opportunities and hope to work with them again next year.


GCSE recital concert

At the end of Term 1, Y11 students participated in a recital concert, in order to prepare them for their final portfolio. This informal event was well attended by staff and parents and gave these KS4 musicians the opportunity to shine. This is a yearly event which is open to all.

Term 2 is always busy for the music department, as students and staff are involved in several high profile events.


Y7 Interhouse competition

At the end of November, 25 students from Y7 were invited to take part in a music Interhouse competition. Their task was to write a song based around the theme of Christmas. The students really threw themselves into the task and were able to come up with complete pieces in the time given. The winning submission was from 7G (although it was a difficult choice) and students performed their song to the year group at the end of the day.


Charity work

The Barton Court Choir expanded it’s charitable work this year and was invited to perform at the Pilgrim’s Hospice Tree of Love ceremony. This public event was attended by over 200 people and culminated in relatives hanging messages of love and hope on a brightly lit Christmas tree, in memory of their loved ones. The choir led the congregation in some traditional carols, as well as showcasing their repertoire for the upcoming carol service in Canterbury Cathedral. We felt privileged to be involved in this event and hope to be invited back next year.

The choir also shared their talents with the general public through some charity busking in Canterbury City Centre. We caused quite a stir and were thrilled to raise over £90 in one hour for our school charities.


Carol Service

Barton Court’s annual carol service took place in Canterbury Cathedral in December. This is a highlight of the music department’s calendar and featured students from all year groups performing in the Orchestra, Clarinet and Saxophone Ensemble, Chamber Ensemble and Choir. A mix of secular and sacred repertoire made the service accessible for all and the quality of the performances was exceptionally high.


Winter Concert

The department finished the year with its annual Winter Concert, with the department ensembles again showcasing their skills, as well as a selection of solo and group performances from across the school. This event was well supported by students, staff and parents and has become a highlight of the school calendar.

Spring 2018 update:

After the hectic Christmas period the music department began preparing for a series of Spring events.


Piano Concert

January saw the advent of our first annual piano concert, which contained performances from students in Y9-Y13 from both Barton Court and The Charles Dickens Academy. For some of the participating students this was their first ever public performance, but they overcame their nerves and performed with confidence. We hope this will be the first of many joint performances between our two schools.


Steinway Masterclass

Talented pianists from Y11-Y13 had the privilege of attending a masterclass at the Steinway School in London in March. Two students were selected to undertake a masterclass with an internationally renowned pianist, which provided them with invaluable advice and experience. The day finished with a full tour of the Steinway School and students were able to play on pianos that had been used in the BBC Proms and witnessed the spectacle of a self-playing piano. We hope to return to the Steinway School next year.


Y5 Gifted and Talented Workshop

20 students from local primary schools attended a workshop hosted by the music department in March. This contained many practical activities which showcased the students’ instrumental and vocal skills. The one hour workshop culminated in a whole class performance of Tequila and Ms Fenn was very impressed by the standard of musicianship, particularly from the violinists and cellists that attended. We look forward to running a similar workshop next year.  


Barton Court Young Musician of the Year and Spring Concert

Another big event on the school calendar, was BCGS Young Musician of the Year, which saw talented students from Y7 and Y8 compete against each other. There were some outstanding performances and we were pleased to be able to award first place to Alice Smith (voice), second place to Max Hiney (drums) and third place to Beth Rogers (recorder). The second half of the concert began with the choir’s rousing rendition of ‘One’ from a Chorus Line and also featured performances from soloists and ensemble representing all year groups. It was also the final concert for our Y13 students and we wish them well in their future musical studies.

Music Department July 2018 update:

Y13 recital

Term 5 began with the Y13 performance recital. This was an examined component of the A level course and our students performed to an appreciative audience. Some exceptional work was presented, with Rebekah Kennett showcasing her classical singing skills and Freya Stephenson giving a spirited performance of ‘The Worst Pies in London’ from Sweeny Todd. The department is thrilled that both students are going on to study music and performing arts next year.

Go go go Joe!

During Term 4, 5 and 6 the department was focused on preparing for the annual school production. This year’s show is Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat and involves students in all year groups, both on and off stage. Ms Wild and Ms Fenn have worked tirelessly to put the show together and have been impressed by the commitment of all students, some of whom have never performed on stage before. The performances of the musical have been outstanding, with all audience members praising the creativity and professionalism of the students, as well as the quality of the music and acting.



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