Barton Court Grammar School

Barton Court Grammar School

About Barton Court Grammar School

Barton Court Grammar School is a selective school for boys and girls aged 11 to 18 in the heart of Canterbury, Kent. The school aspires to be a truly 21st Century school, committed to helping pupils develop confidence, independence and critical thinking, and was named an Advanced accredited 'Thinking School' in 2017.

Barton Court has an excellent reputation for its supportive community environment and the variety of extracurricular opportunities on offer, including an orchestra, choir, and debating club. Pupils consistently perform well in exams and virtually all pupils study the GCSE subjects that make up the English Baccalaureate.

Barton Court Grammar School became an academy in 2011 and is consistently rated ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.

  • Address: Barton Court Grammar School, Longport, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 1PH
  • Local authority: Kent County Council
  • School type: mixed grammar
  • Headteacher: Jonathan Hopkins
  • Number of pupils: 900+
  • National rank (Sunday Times Parent Power): 168
  • A level results: 75.6% A*–B
  • GCSE results: 51.3% A*/A/9/8/7

Barton Court Grammar School term dates

The term dates at Barton Court Grammar School for 2023–2024 are:

  • Autumn term: 1st September – 15th December 2023
  • Half term: 23rd–27th October 2023
  • Spring term: 2nd January – 28th March 2024
  • Half term: 12th–16th February 2024
  • Summer term: 15th April – 23rd July 2024
  • Half term: 27th–31st May 2024

How to apply to Barton Court Grammar School

1. Register for the Kent Test

Barton Court Grammar School uses the Kent Test to select pupils for entry in Year 7. The Kent Test is an 11 plus exam taken by 32 grammar schools in the county.

Registration for the Kent Test will open on Thursday 1st June 2023 and close on Monday 3rd July 2023 at midnight. You will be able to complete your child's registration on the Kent County Council website. If you are also considering grammar schools in Medway, you will need to register separately because these schools do not use the Kent Test.

Children who are looked after or previously looked after, or eligible for the pupil premium, may be prioritised for places under the school's admission criteria. If your child falls into one of these categories, you should complete a supplementary information form (SIF) to indicate this. The supplementary information form is available in the appendix in the school admissions policy.

2. Apply for a school place

You will receive your child's results in the Kent Test after 4pm on Wednesday 18th October 2023. If your child has achieved the pass mark in the exam, they will be eligible for a grammar school place. You can then name Barton Court Grammar School as one of your preferred schools on your common application form.

Before listing Barton Court Grammar School as a preference on your form, check its admissions policy and make sure your child is eligible. Passing the Kent Test will not be a guarantee of a place as more children reach the qualifying standard each year than there are places available.

The application form must be submitted to your home local council by 31st October 2023. The form must be completed for your home local authority – i.e. if you live in Kent you will need to complete the form on the Kent County Council website. If you live in a different local authority, make sure to apply through the relevant website for that council.

What's on the Barton Court Grammar School 11 plus?

Children applying for Year 7 entry to Barton Court Grammar School will take the Kent Test on Thursday 7th September 2023. If your child attends a primary school outside of Kent, they will take the test on the weekend of the 9th September 2023.

The Kent Test consists of two papers. Both papers take around one hour to complete and consist of multiple-choice questions.

  1. English and maths
  2. Verbal and non-verbal reasoning

Children taking the Kent Test also complete a creative writing exercise. This isn’t formally marked and doesn’t form part of the total scores, but it may be used by a local headteacher panel in borderline cases or in an appeal. 40 minutes will be allowed for the writing task, including 10 minutes of planning time.

Find out more in our comprehensive guide to the Kent Test and access free 11 plus resources to help your child prepare.

What is the pass mark for Barton Court Grammar School?

Your child will receive four scores on the Kent Test. The results from the English, maths and reasoning sections will all be age-standardised to produce three separate scores, in addition to one overall (aggregate) score.

Children typically need a total score of 332 or more out of the total 423, with no single score lower than 108, to be eligible for a place at a grammar school in Kent.

However, achieving a particular score doesn't guarantee a place at a grammar school, as schools are usually oversubscribed with qualified candidates. We always recommend researching the admission policies for your target schools, looking at their oversubscription criteria and their catchment area. We've included the admission criteria for Barton Court Grammar School below.

Barton Court Grammar School admission criteria

There are 150 places available in Year 7 at Barton Court Grammar School. Before applying any oversubscription criteria, children with a Statement of Special Educational Need (SSEN) or an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) who name Barton Court Grammar School will be allocated a place and the number of available places will be reduced accordingly.

If the number of children who have listed Barton Court Grammar School as their preferred school is greater than the remaining number of places available, the following criteria will be used in order to prioritise candidates:

1. Looked After Children and previously Looked After Children

2. Children receiving Pupil Premium

3. Children with a sibling (who they live with) currently attending the school

4. Children with medical, health, social and special access reasons

5. The nearness of children's homes to the school, measured in a straight line

There is no catchment area at Barton Court Grammar School. 

School Details

Type of School Grammar
Address Longport Canterbury CT1 1PH
Phone 01227464600
Email [email protected]
Region Kent


Admission Year Sept 2024
Gender in YEAR 7 Mixed


Allocation Day 1/3/2024
Registration 31/5/2023 - 2/7/2023
Academic Exam 6/9/2023 - 8/9/2023 The Kent Test will take place on: Thursday 7 September 2023 for children who go to school in Kent the weekend of Saturday 9 September 2023 for children who go to school outside Kent.
Test Results Day 17/10/2023
CAF form 31/10/2023

Academic Selection

Number of Places 150
Standardised Yes
Age Standardised No
Total Number of Exams 3
Number of Rounds 1
Admission Policy View

Exam Boards

  • Granada Learning (GL)
  • Consortium (CONSORTIUM

Exam Styles

  • Mixed (MC & STD)

Sample Papers

Name Document or Link Subjects
Kent Familiarisation Paper View Mixed Subjects

Find answers to our frequently asked questions about Barton Court Grammar School

  • Can students from independent schools apply for the 11+ Admissions Test at Barton Court Grammar School?
    Yes, students from independent schools in Kent can apply for the 11+ Admissions Test by submitting an application to the Testing Administrator.
  • How many papers are there in the Kent 11 Plus test at Barton Court Grammar School?**
    The Kent 11 Plus test at Barton Court Grammar School consists of two papers, each lasting approximately 60 minutes.
  • Is there any option to opt out of the automatic test registration at Barton Court Grammar School?
    Yes, parents can choose to withdraw their child from testing by expressly notifying the school.