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Late in March, students enjoyed our latest careers fair. Thank you to the local businesses and course providers for coming along to inspire our students. Read about the event at:



Thank you to Abbie from , one of our school charities, for coming in last week to talk to our students about the work they do.We are looking forward to continuing to raise lots of money to support their cause.


We're extremely proud of Toral in Y12 who was selected to play for the first ever U18 female Barbarians squad this weekend. The team was selected to play against Rugby School to celebrate 200 years of rugby union. An amazing experience and an excellent achievement.


There's a real & growing concern re how many young people share inappropriate images online, leading to potential exploitation, blackmail & harm from a young age & leaving a lasting digital footprint. If you share it, you're involved. Speak to the DSL team if you've concerns.


We were delighted to welcome the BBC Bitesize Careers Roadshow last week. Students learnt about a wide variety of career pathways in fashion, TV production & academia which many found very helpful and interesting


Y12 Health & Social Care students enjoyed a visit to Medicine, Health & Social Care Dept's Simulation Suite. With dummies that can be programmed to simulate different disorders students practiced their CPR skills & saw who was the most accurate with compressions!


We are looking for three new Exam Invigilators so if you, or anyone you know, is interested please click the link below:


We were delighted to open the Schools’ Lunchtime Concerts at this year's Canterbury Festival. Y7-Y13 students presented a variety of styles & the Barton Manor Djembe Drummers, who were the opening act joined us. The organizers described it as “a hard act to follow".


Y11 enjoyed a great trip to The Globe last term to see a production of Macbeth. They really enjoyed the immersive experience of being a "groundling" with some having lines delivered directly to them!


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We are seeking an Attendance & Cover Officer to work term time only. Should you, or someone you know, be interested, please click the link below.


Amazing self portrait from a student in Y8 in the style of Kehinde Wiley who the year group have been studying.#art


🚨 it’s coming 🚨 We know it’s a ‘bit’ early but we have to get ready. Team up with family/friends/colleagues this November to help us help those who need it


Y5 students from local primary schools discovered last week what it's like to learn languages at BCGS. They did a language session on pets & a cultural one on the Festival of Lights! Workshops are held regularly for primary school students to discover what life is like at BCGS.


We're very proud of this group of students who won the KSSA Annual Regatta School Trophy at Whitstable for BCGS! All the hard work and dedication paid off.


The ever-popular Spanish Exchange took 30 students ranging from Y9 to Y13 to Madrid last week to learn all about Spanish lifestyle & culture. While immersed in the language they enjoyed an amazing week full of activities with great weather & fantastic traditional Spanish cuisine


Congratulations to two of our Y13 students who were short-listed for the Canterbury Festival Poetry Comp 2023. Gideon was awarded 1st place & Alicia 2nd place in the 16-18 category from a field of over 400 poems submitted from a host of other Kent schools.


We are looking for an Attendance & Cover Officer to start at BCGS as soon as possible. If you, or someone you know, is interested please click the link below for more information.


Yesterday's guide summarized what trusted adults need to know about the potential dangers of vaping for young people.


The BCGS community raised a massive £18,789 for our chosen charities last year & This exceeded our target of £15k and as a result we are aiming to raise £20k this academic year for the charities students choose in the coming weeks


Our talented Asst Site Manager has been at it again taking fantastic pictures of the Canterbury skyline from our roof!


We're delighted to be awarded status which recognises the value we place on music both within the curriculum & through extra curricular activities & events. Thank you for recommending us. We'll use this to develop links with partners & expand our provision


Students had a brilliant time visiting .Yet another great activity filled day in our Enrichment Week at the end of last term.


We were delighted to welcome students from Zhangjiagang Liangfeng International School in China at the end of term. They shadowed their BCGS buddy & participated in enrichment activities, such as Sports Day, calligraphy, cooking, the cinema, orienteering & a tour of Canterbury.

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Summer 2023 update

The summer term has been busy for the music department, with GCSE and A level students recording their final performances and submitting their compositions. The A level group held a performance recital at the end of March which was warmly received by both friends and family that attended. Fingers crossed for the results! A level and Y9 students were also involved in local community coronation celebrations, with a small group playing at the Kent MS Centre Coronation Afternoon Tea.


The music and drama departments have also been working closely together over the last few terms on this year’s school production (‘The Addams Family’). This production is featuring students across all year groups, including Y7s from Barton Manor. Please click on the link below for information about the production and how to purchase tickets.


Spring 2023 update

As the dust settled after a successful (and busy!) Christmas period for the department, we went straight into preparing for February’s BCAT Young Musician of the Year competition, featuring students in Y7 and Y8 from Barton Court, alongside Y7s students from Barton Manor. This was a well attended event, with a total of 19 students performing, some in public for the very first time! The judges had a difficult time choosing the winners, but congratulations go to Francisk (3rd place, Y7), Martha (2nd place, Y8) and Charles (1st place, Y8). A special mention should also go to Fraser (Barton Manor), who played his trombone in public for the first time, after only having lessons for three months – what bravery!

At the end of March, the department hosted the annual Spring Concert, showcasing ensembles, small groups and soloists from across the school community. All of the performances were warmly received by parents and featured ensembles such as the orchestra, choir, jazz band, string group and the inaugural performance of the Barton Manor band. A special mention should go to the music department prefects (Ruby and Reuben) who helped throughout the entire evening and were very positive role models for the younger students.

Winter 2022 update

The winter term is always busy for the music department and this year was no exception! The highlight of the music calendar is the annual carol service in Canterbury Cathedral, which is attended by the whole school and parents. The ensembles featured were the orchestra, string group, choir (including Barton Manor students), chamber choir, brass ensemble, chamber ensemble and woodwind ensemble. All groups contained students from across the school and their performances were thoughtful and very well executed. We were also pleased to welcome the Lord Mayor of Canterbury to this event and she was very impressed with the event as a whole. Please click on the link below for some musical highlights of the service:

After the carol service, the department also hosted the annual winter concert, which alongside repertoire from the carol service, featured several of our popular music ensembles including Y9 band, Y10 band, jazz band and a 6th form/staff band (Feliz Navidad!). This was another sold out event; please click the link below to listen to some selected highlights:

In February, the department was pleased to welcome a class of Y5 students for a G+T session. The students were incredibly enthusiastic and demonstrated excellent levels of instrumental and vocal skills. We ended the session with a spirited rendition of Tequila! We hope to see these students again for more transition events in 2023.

Autumn 2022 update

The department stepped back into music making with a bang in September, with the start of all extra curricular activities. We were also pleased to welcome our new Y7 cohort, many of whom are commencing instrumental or vocal lessons in term 1. We were also delighted with the arrival of our new (old!) Bechstein grand piano, which is being well used (and well loved) by students and staff alike.


The department was also very pleased to be involved in the Canterbury Festival again this year, firstly with Y13 and Y9 students performing on the Beautiful Noise busking stage on a Saturday morning as Westgate Hall. Then, we returned to Westgate Hall the following Monday, to perform in the school’s lunchtime series of concerts. As always, this featured our flagship ensembles and students from across all year groups, including Y7s from Barton Manor. The department was very proud of their achievements, especially considering how early in the year the concert took place.


At the end of Term 1, Y11 students put on a performance recital for friends and family, in order to get them into ‘GCSE performance mode’. This was a really successful event and the students performed very well.


The department also commemorated Remembrance Day, with one of our Y10 cornet players offering to play a poignant Last Post.






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