Consultation

Consultation on the expansion of Barton Court Grammar School, via a satellite provision, on the Coastal Strip (Whitstable/Herne Bay)

20 March 2019 to 17 April 2019

Foreword

The Directors of Barton Court Academy Trust and the Governors of Barton Court Grammar School would like to hear your views on a proposal to expand the School on the coastal strip as a satellite.

We are in the process of submitting a bid to the DfE via the Selective School Expansion Fund and working closely with KCC to help find a solution to a lack of selective school provision on the coast serving the Whitstable, Herne Bay and surrounding local communities to meet the basic need for selective school places as identified in the Kent Education Commissioning plan. We would, therefore, like to consult with parents, staff, the local community and other stakeholders about this proposal.

About Barton Court Academy Trust

Barton Court Academy Trust is committed to providing an outstanding education to all students within the Trust, including selective and non-selective pupils. The Multi-Academy Trust currently has 2 secondary schools. Barton Court Grammar School, a co-educational 11-18 years selective school situated in Canterbury City, but serving the Canterbury and coastal districts. The Charles Dickens School, sited in Broadstairs, is a large co-educational 11-16 years non-selective school with 40% of pupils in receipt of pupil premium. The Charles Dickens is ranked fourth of all Kent schools on the index of multiple deprivation (IMD) based on pupils’ home postcodes. The Trust is also working closely with the DfE and KCC to open a Free School, an 11-18 years, co-educational, non-selective school on the former Chaucer Technology School site adjacent to Barton Court Grammar School in Canterbury.

About Barton Court Grammar School 

Barton Court is an Ofsted “Outstanding School” (March 2014) and an accredited “Advanced Thinking School” (February 2017) with consistently high standards of attainment and progress at both GCSE and A Level. We are a forward-thinking, innovative school, committed to providing a quality education that prepares our students for learning and work in the 21st Century.

Why expand on the coast and not on our current site?

We opened a new build on our current site in January 2018. A brand new facility with 7 additional maths classrooms, 3 additional state-of-the-art science labs, new canteen, servery and kitchen. This fantastic building has allowed Barton Court to expand to 5 forms of entry to meet the current additional need for selective school places. We have no more space on our current Longport site for any further expansion.

KCC have established a need for additional school places in the Canterbury and coastal district alongside a need within Swale and Thanet. Whilst it is planned that the Free School will accommodate some of the non-selective places needed in the Canterbury district there is a need for an additional 3–4 forms of entry of selective provision. There is no further room for expansion on our current site and we have always had a vision to provide much needed selective school places on the coast. With 43% of our school community consistently, year on year, travelling into school each day from Whitstable and Herne Bay, there is a need to provide these selective places on the coast which will in turn free up additional selective places in the centre of Canterbury.

The volume of students travelling each day from the coast for educational provision in the heart of Canterbury is significant for all schools, not just Barton Court, highlighting the need for more local solutions. The satellite site will be part of Barton Court Grammar school and this will be run as one school.

We are a very popular over-subscribed school, with more parents placing BCGS first choice on their SCAF than there are places. We serve, in almost equal measure, the coastal, Canterbury city and rural communities.

The proposal is to build a satellite school on a site, yet to be agreed with KCC, in the local area of Whitstable/Herne Bay to serve these local communities. This will be a satellite of Barton Court Grammar School and students will use facilities at both school sites. The satellite expansion will not alter current provision for students at the Canterbury site and the Canterbury site will continue to educate and admit 150 students per academic year as it currently does.

How will the decision be reached?

If it is agreed to proceed with the proposal, an application will be submitted via the Selective School Expansion Fund, and this will be assessed by the DfE for project viability. The outcome of which will be known in the Autumn. This is still in the early stages of planning and we seek from the DfE a decision to support such a project for the future. An integral part to this process is to seek the views of stakeholders.

Directors and Governors will consider the views of a wide range of stakeholders. There will be a Public Consultation on Tuesday 26 March 2019 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm in the School Hall at Barton Court Grammar School.

How can you respond to this consultation?

The consultation will last four weeks, starting Wednesday 20 March 2019 until Wednesday 17 April 2019 at 5pm.

You can respond in one of three ways:

  • Complete the response form at the back of this document and send it to the address shown.
  • Write a letter and send this to the address shown.
  • Email your response to:  consultation@bartoncourt.org

Please return your form by 5pm on Wednesday 17 April 2019 to:

Mrs Clare Levere, Clerk to Directors/Governors, c/o Barton Court Grammar School, Longport, Canterbury, CT1 1PH, or

Email your comments to:  consultation@bartoncourt.org

We will note all your comments, but will not be able to respond individually to response forms, letters or emails.

Documents

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BCAT Consultation paper 20 March 2019 Download
BCAT Response Form Download