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Inspiring students to learn languages through football - find out what Barton Manor School organised for their students recently: www.


On 4 May, Barton Court hosted the largest post-COVID chess tournament, adult or junior, in East Kent... the Kent Megafinal. Read more at


All students have had an assembly from Porchlight in preparation for our big charity event 'The Big Sleep Out' in July. Find out more: The Big Sleep Out 2024 is not too far away! - Latest News - Barton Manor School


We are delighted to be awarded which recognises the value we place on music both within the curriculum and through extra curricular activities & events. Read more:


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:


Pupils and staff at Barton Manor School have embarked on an exciting journey to gain a prestigious Artsmark Award. Find out more at:


Our fantastic school is recruiting more admin staff... have a look and see if something grabs your interest!


Y8 Students at BMS will also be attending...




We've recently begun a partnership with to provide students with greater access to the world of Performing Arts. For more information on the range of backstage and front of stage courses they run, have a look at


We are looking for a great DT Technician who wants to join our school and assist in a very supportive department. If you, or anyone you know, is interested in this role, please click the link below:


All students in Years 7 & 8 took part in an Anti-bullying Assembly by the local Police. They learnt about the laws, different types of bullying and the effects that bullying can have on others.


We want to make a difference to the homeless of Canterbury. We are in urgent need of some festive treats for our Porchlight Christmas Gift Box Appeal. Please see our website for ideas of what can be donated by 1 Dec. We need time to wrap and deliver! Thank you.


Another group of Y8 students visited last week to see the Crown Jewels, visit the White Tower and see Traitors Gate. They also attended a Protest and Rebellion workshop which they loved!


Our Bake Sale for Children in Need raised £215.30 which is amazing from just two year groups at BMS.


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.


Keeping Children Safe Online - a great poster for parents to share with their children.


Some Year 8 students at Barton Manor were pleased to head over to Barton Court and watch talks from the BBC Bitesize Careers roadshow last week. Students learned about a wide variety of career pathways in fashion, TV production and academia.


We are proud of our students, Moree, Shafin & Laila for putting themselves forward as advocates for the young people of Canterbury in the elections. If you are aged between 11-18 please show your support by voting online at by Friday 17 November


Students in Art made a poppy dress to commemorate Remembrance


Students visited the Memorial in Canterbury to lay a wreath on behalf of BMS for those who have fought for our country. Meeting Eric from the RBL enabled them to learn about the role of the Legion & ask questions about the memorial & the importance of Remembrance Day



After a big victory last match the Y7 football team were looking to continue their form. Unfortunately, this wasn’t the case in the 1st half with SLBGS leading two goals to nil. They fought back though & within the last 10 minutes won 3-2! Great fighting spirit & determination.


A fantastic performance by the Year 8 Football team yesterday. After failing to put away the chances in their last game, the Year 8’s finally found their shooting boots securing a 7-1 victory against St Anselm's School. The team should be proud of their performance.

Barton Manor School: Topping Out Ceremony

Posted on: 25/05/2021

“Topping Out Ceremony” – Tuesday 25 May 2021

Barton Manor School (BMS), Barton Court Academy Trust’s new Free School, is celebrating the next phase of the School’s build project with a Topping Out Ceremony.

A plaque commemorating this stage of the project between Barton Court Academy Trust (BCAT), DfE, KCC with Kier Construction and Novium Architects has been commissioned and will be placed on the roof with stunning views of Canterbury Cathedral in the background.

The Topping Out Ceremony will take place with special VIP guests. Numbers have been restricted to adhere to the latest Covid-19 roadmap published by the Government. VIP guests include the Lord-Lieutenant of Kent, the Lady Colgrain, along with the Lord Mayor of Canterbury, Pat Todd, and local councillors.

BCAT Directors along with representatives from the DfE, KCC, and Kier will be in attendance to celebrate this very important milestone.

The build project is 50% through construction and is due to be completed in February 2022, with the School opening to 150 Y7 students in September 2022. BCAT are part-way through an S10 Consultation for the School, which provides an opportunity for BCAT to gain the views of prospective parents/carers and the local community of its plans before opening next year. The consultation closes on Tuesday 22 June at 9am. The consultation paper and feedback form are available on Barton Manor School’s website.

BCATs Executive Headteacher who will also be Barton Manor School’s Headteacher when the school opens “This will be such a wonderful event and opportunity to share the success of the project so far with our guests and wider community. Kier and all parties involved in this project have worked tirelessly to make sure the School is delivered on time, and despite many challenges, including the Covid-19 pandemic, it is truly amazing that we are able to celebrate this stage of the build process today with important guests”

Dr Bill Speed, BCAT Chair, “This is a very exciting opportunity for BCAT to provide a learning experience for students of all abilities following a mixture of academic and vocational subjects.  The facilities are truly outstanding and we are looking forward to completing the project on schedule, welcoming the first students in September 2022.  We hope the school will provide facilities for, not only Barton Manor students, but also the wider Canterbury community.

Shellina Prendergast, Kent County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: “The Trust’s commitment to deliver quality-first teaching, with a focus on equalities and inclusion, in a modern and well-equipped building, will provide significant opportunities for pupils and contribute towards making Kent a county that works for all children and young people. Kent County Council is pleased to have worked in collaboration with a range of our partners to support the building of this new school.”

For more information about the School please visit the Barton Manor School website



Roberta Light
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