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Good luck to our Y7 students who have embarked on their End of Year exams, sitting their first two today in History and English. They've all showed great maturity and concentration in a true exam set up. Keep up the hard work Y7!


Well done to all those who participated in last month's Junior Maths Challenge and particularly students who received Silver & Bronze Awards.


Well done Myeisha for participating in the 100m & in the joint relay with BM/BCGS. Congrats also to the rounders team playing 3 games last night, winning against The Whitstable School &especially to Rahimah whose quick thinking let the last batter win an extra half a rounder.


Trip to see Six the Musical in Tunbridge Wells last week for Tudor History - absolutely brilliant!


Some of our Y7 students travelled to The University of Essex to graduate from The Brilliant Club last week. Having worked extremely hard they were very proud to receive their certificates, followed by a tour of the University & a chat to current University students.


We've been enjoying Coronation Cupcakes today at lunchtime! # cakes


Check out the safety guide on the networking app, Wizz. It highlights the potential risks such as catfishing and explicit content, as well as offering useful advice to parents & carers. As always if you have any concerns, please contact a member of our safeguarding team.


We raised over £135 for Red Nose Day this year! Well done everyone.


Our students have been fortunate to have an engaging presentation on knife crime as part of Kent Police's education drive.


BCGS, BMS & SLBGS participated in the Debate Club Tournament won by BCGS with student prizes to BCGS/BMS for excellent debating skills:Guns should be outlawed in AmericaMobile phones should be banned for primary school children The death penalty should be reinstated in the UK


30 students who were selected for the highest achievement points and excellent attendance, had great fun participating in a school Easter Egg Hunt. Students had to solve clues and search for tokens to collect rewards. Congratulations to our top 30 students on their achievements.


A new free & confidential scheme operated by Citizen Advice supporting people in Kent who are struggling financially or need support to manage the rising cost of living has been launched Open Mon-Fri 8am-8pm, freephone 0800 808 5622


The NSPCC has signposted support for young people wishing to report nudes shared online. Use the Report Remove tool: Report Remove | Childline to help take down nude/sexual images & videos. Emotional support is available from Childline & the Internet Watch Foundation.


Look what we've been awarded!


Parenting comes with lots of challenges, which can be even more difficult if you're dealing with mental health problems. Please find below a useful link for parents


Free breakfast from the National School Breakfast Prog with - setting all our students up to succeed with either a bagel or bowl of cereal from 08:00-08:30am every morning


Congratulations to all the students who entered our Art competition. Take a look at just a couple of the amazing entries.


Yesterday, the BCGS and BMS Maths Club investigated the relationship between wingspan and the flight time of paper helicopters.


Two new clubs for students to join at BMS this week!


Announcing a new club which is open to BMS & BCGS students this week.


Our fantastic new school is recruiting more teaching staff in preparation for the arrival of another year group in September. Lots of leadership roles available too. Have a look and see if something grabs your interest!


We've joined the National School Breakfast Prog with providing free healthy breakfasts giving students the best chance to learn. Breakfast can set up children to succeed, which is why all our students can have either a bagel or cereal free from every morning


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!

Gifted and Talented

Vision and Mission

At Barton Manor 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 Manor 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.

Our partnership with Barton Court Grammar School will allow us to share ideas, resources and best practice to ensure all students have access to opportunities to stretch and challenge in all subjects to encourage academic excellence, and with individual talents in Art, Music, Drama, Dance, Sport and Design Technology. Senior students at Barton Court Grammar School will mentor students at Barton Manor School and joint opportunities will be offered to students in both schools.


Curriculum – “The Grammar Learning Pathway”

In Key Stage 3, there is an opportunity for students to follow the “Grammar Learning Pathway”.

Students study an academic curriculum making sure they are stretched and challenged across a wide range of traditional subjects, which includes a Modern Foreign language. This programme provides ideal preparation for the English Baccalaureate (EBacc ) programme at Key Stage 4 (KS4).

In Key Stage 4, all students start their GCSE/Level 2 courses and there is an opportunity for students to study the traditional EBacc programme. This is the most prestigious learning pathway offered and will lead to the English Baccalaureate qualification. The EBacc provides students with a broad range of academic subjects upon which to build any future career options. It is expected by this Government that all students, at KS4, follow this pathway and it is recognised as a highly prestigious pathway by school Sixth Forms, Colleges, Universities and employers and is ideal preparation for Post-16 study.

To achieve the EBacc, students must gain a GCSE grade 9-5 in six subjects. These subjects must include:

  • Mathematics
  • English Language
  • 2 Sciences (2 from Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Computer Science, Combined Science (2 GCSEs))
  • 1 Humanity (1 from History or Geography)
  • 1 MFL (1 from French or Spanish.

Additional Opportunities

Students gifted or talented in a specific field or subject will be provided with opportunities within and beyond the classroom to achieve their own personal excellence. They will be consistently challenged to push themselves further and given opportunities to share their ability with others through leadership and challenging learning tasks. The success of our students will be widely celebrated as we celebrate a culture where gifts and talents are nurtured and appreciated.

Extra-curricular opportunities, visits, competitions, exhibitions, events, concerts, productions, will be widely available and students will be encouraged to take part with as many as possible to extend their skills further and to broaden their learning.

Gifted and Talented students in Key Stage 3 will complete a programme within Tutor Time which is focused on developing key learning strategies which will support their ability to push and challenge themselves in lessons and become the most confident learners possible. Students in Key Stage 4 will be given the opportunity to complete the Extended Project Qualification. This GCSE course provides the students with an opportunity to research into a topic of personal interest and complete an academic piece of writing about it. Whilst completing the project they develop a range of transferrable skills including research, organisation, problem-solving and communication. Students in Year 11 will be supported to develop the strategies required to achieve the highest possible grades in their GCSE examination through effective learning and revision strategies. We plan for students to be given the opportunity to be part of the ‘Brilliant Club’ scheme which gives them the opportunity to work with a PhD graduate to complete a series of tutorials and finally produce their own academic piece of writing.

It is planned that Barton Manor will work closely with Barton Court Grammar School and very closely with local universities to support our Gifted and Talented students. These opportunities push students to take their gifts and talents to a higher level and have experiences to support their passion for life-long learning.


The school has a large multi-purpose sports hall and extensive playing fields to encourage participation, enjoyment and progression to elite performance in Physical Education and Sports. Students will be inspired and encouraged to engage in physical activity and in sport for the longer term to support both healthy life styles and enjoyment. All students in the school will access compulsory core PE. Classes will be separate for boys and girls and include a wide variety of team and individual sports and exercise options.

It is expected that sports teams and individual athletes will compete at local, regional and national level as the opportunities arise. There will be a wide range of extra-curricular activities offered both after school and lunchtime which will change as per the seasons throughout the year.

Progression and elite sports

We believe that BMS’s outstanding PE and Sports curriculum and state-of-art sports facilities will be a strength of the school and we intend to offer a wide range of sports for all to participate, but also ensure we have progression for our most talented students. At KS4 students will be able to study options such as Level 2 BTEC Sport and GCSE PE in addition to participation in core PE. At KS5 students will be able to study options such as Level 3 BTEC Sport or A Level PE. This will ensure we have the right support for those with the aptitude and desire for careers in PE and/or Sport and Sport Science.

In addition to our own facilities, we will work in collaboration with local elite sport groups and clubs to make use of local sports facilities in Canterbury and the surrounding area which will support wider engagement, participation and progression in sports within the School.

Creative Arts, Technology, Music, Drama and Dance

To support our vision of delivering excellence in creative, vocational and performance education the School offers excellent facilities in Art, Technology, Music, Drama and Dance. We believe having opportunities to develop the creative, applied and performance aspirations and talents of our students enhances children’s educational experience and for many it raises confidence and self-esteem. Whether they wish to pursue these areas as a future career or take part in them for the sheer enjoyment.

Art has 3 classrooms on the north side of the School to aid perfect lighting for the subject with views of the city to inspire the study of Art, 3D Art and Photography. Students will be able to study GCSE and A Level Art as well as BTEC Art and Photography. There will be a range of extra –curricular opportunities, links with Further Education and Higher Education, local and national competitions.

Music has excellent facilities that will support Music and Music Technology both in the curriculum and by offering wider opportunities. Music rooms and facilities are all based around the main hall and drama studio with 2 classrooms, multiple practice rooms and a sound/lighting/recording booth to support joint work between the departments and extra-curricular projects such as school productions, concerts and recording. Students will be able to study GCSE and A Level Music as well as BTEC Music and Music Technology. Music lessons will be available as well as a range of extra-curricular opportunities, links with BCGS to expand current provision and ensure talented musicians have clear progression routes to develop across a diverse range of music genres. There will be access to a calendar of competitions such as “Battle of the Bands” as well as opportunities for collaboration for joint concerts and performances.

Drama, Dance and Performance

Drama has its own bespoke Drama Studio with a bi-folding wall, linked to the main hall and music, for school productions and larger dramatic events. This allows Drama to be taught in a variety of different spaces as a discrete subject and through cross-curricular links to other subjects. To ensure Drama can flourish from its opening BMS pupils will be able to access Drama at BCGS to give them opportunities for collaboration such as joint productions, trips and theatre visits and workshops with Further and Higher Education.

The Dance Studio, with sprung dance floor and floor to ceiling mirrors, is located in the Sports hall on the second floor with its own learning space and resources. This will be led by a Dance specialist and delivered as a separate subject. The vision is that all of the creative and performance subjects can thrive individually in their own right but also collectively as a Performance Suite where students can work together on joint projects, concerts and performances.

Vocational and Applied specialist facilities

At BMS Technology and skills-based learning will be of the highest standards and expectations so that courses are of high quality. All pupils will study technology at KS3 and will be able to choose from a wide variety of vocational options at KS4 and KS5 such as Hospitality & Catering or Engineering or more traditional GCSE or A Level in Product Design and Food Technology. Technology has 3 separate classrooms to offer Hospitality & Catering, Design Technology and Engineering and in addition to ensure students have as wide a range of opportunities as possible. BMS will work in collaboration with local colleges and FE providers to support progression for those students wishing to access Apprenticeships and Vocational training.

Links with other STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) subjects in the School and across the Trust will be encouraged and the Trust Lead for Technology will oversee provision in all 3 schools, competitions, collaboration and links with industry, Further and Higher Education.

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