Welcome by the Executive Headteacher

Barton Court Academy Trust (BCAT) is a multi-academy Trust which was established in 2017.

It currently consists of two secondary schools: Barton Court Grammar School, an 11-18yrs, mixed selective school in the heart of Canterbury, rated “Good” with many outstanding features by Ofsted in February 2020, and The Charles Dickens School, an 11-16yrs mixed non-selective school in Broadstairs, which came out of special measures and is rated “Requires Improvement” by Ofsted in June 2019 and is a rapidly improving school.

The Trust is also opening Barton Manor Free School, an 11 – 18yrs non-selective mixed school in the heart of Canterbury on the former Chaucer School site in September 2022 to Year 7.

Barton Court Grammar School is an Advanced Thinking School and a National Support School (NSS) and the trust’s Executive Headteacher a National Leader of Education (NLE). The Charles Dickens School joined our Multi-Academy Trust on 1 March 2017.

We are a small Trust at the beginning of a very exciting journey, with a talented team of Governors, Senior Leadership, teachers and support staff all determined to provide the highest quality of educational provision to all children across the Trust.

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.

We work together to “improve the life chances” of all our children and young people working together through strong partnerships between staff, students, parents and Governors that share our core values of excellence and equity

We hope you enjoy browsing our website. Please follow the links to our individual academies and to Thinking Schools International which represents a larger network of thinking schools across the UK and beyond. 

Ms K Cardus
Executive Headteacher