Why Choose Our Trust

Partnership and the Trust

Barton Court Grammar School, an Oftsed “Outstanding” School, an “Advanced Thinking Schools” and a “National Support School” is the lead school of the Barton Court Academy Trust. This is an exciting opportunity which brings together a family of secondary schools to build additional capacity to ensure that all students in the Trust receive an outstanding education. We believe schools are stronger when they work together and have a common purpose to provide the highest standards in teaching and pupil outcomes. We promote an individual identity for each of our schools so that they continue to respond to the needs of their pupils, their families and the wider community they serve.

Within BCAT we believe that education is more than the sum of subjects. It is also about what you learn and how you learn.

We believe that the best way to improve student’s life chances is to actively shape the minds, attitudes and habits of young people through a framework of cognitive education that enables them to become confident, life-long learners.

Research by The Sutton Trust has shown that when students understand how they think and learn they make greater progress and become more resilient and adaptable. Students are encouraged to become resourceful and resilient learners who take responsibility for their own learning. We have placed “thinking” at the heart of our teaching and learning, and have developed a common visual language of learning to enable our students to become independent, confident, life-long learners. This is called meta-cognition.

Students are encouraged to work together in teams and enjoy new friendships, take on roles of responsibility and develop a mature sense of values.

If you wish to join our Trust then please contact the Executive Headteacher, Ms Cardus.

If you are interested in finding our more about becoming a Thinking School then please contact Ms Benard, Trust Teaching and Learning Lead, Deputy Headteacher at Barton Court Grammar School or visit our Barton Court website http://www.bartoncourt.org/461/an-accredited-thinking-school