Ms K Cardus

Executive Headteacher

Barton Court Academy Trust

Ms K Cardus is the Executive Headteacher of both Barton Court Grammar School and The Charles Dickens School; the Lead Professional and Accounting Officer of the Trust, and Principal Designate for the Free school, Barton Manor School, opening in September 2022.

Ms Cardus joined Barton Court Grammar School in September 2010 as Headteacher. In March 2014 the School was judged “Outstanding” by Ofsted. “The Headteacher has a clear and ambitious vision for the School based upon high standards and secured through a drive for consistent and high-quality teaching" - OFSTED 2014.

In March 2015, Ms Cardus was awarded National Leader of Education (NLE) and Barton Court Grammar School a National Support School (NSS). NLEs along with staff in their school - designated a National Support School - use their success and professionalism to provide additional leadership capability in other schools. 

In January 2016, Barton Court Grammar School became an Academy Sponsor and started to work with The Charles Dickens School, in Broadstairs, a School placed in Special Measures by Ofsted in September 2014. On 1 March 2017, The Charles Dickens School joined Barton Court Academy Trust and after a period of support by BCAT Trust the school came out of special measures and was rated “Requires Improvement” by Ofsted in June 2019 and is a rapidly improving school.

The Trust has been working closely with the DfE and KCC since April 2017 to plan and design a brand new school to replace the former Chaucer school in the heart of Canterbury. This new Free School, Barton Manor School, an 11 – 18yrs non-selective mixed school is due to open in September 2022 to Year 7.

“I am delighted and honoured to be the Executive Headteacher of Barton Court Academy Trust. Barton Court Grammar School, an excellent selective school, rated Outstanding by Ofsted in February 2020 for Leadership & Management, Behaviour & Attitudes and Personal Development, is able to work closely with The Charles Dickens School and the Barton Manor School, to provide an exceptional standard of education for all students. It is important that we support other schools so more children across our education sector have access to high quality outstanding educational provision” - Ms Cardus.