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Barton Court is dropping the International Baccalaureate

Barton Court has ditched its International Baccalaureate programme for money reasons caused by a declining uptake. In a letter to parents before the Easter holiday, the grammar in Longport told them the programme ran at “a significant financial loss to the school”. Since introducing the International Baccalaureate (IB) in 2007, the number of pupils wishing to take it has steadily …

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Why Sir Gale needs to do much better

I READ with interest Joanne Killeen’s letter about Barton Court Grammar school. I recall in the 1990s when Roger Gale MP, now a Sir, made similar disagreeable comments about Herne Bay High School and backed the closure of HBHS. Ironically, Sir’s plan with KCC was to turn HBHS into Barton Court Grammar School; the idea was to sell off Barton …

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Developers should make gesture to Bay

I MUST apologise for a mistake in my last letter (“A grammar school brings us no benefits”, June 4) Writing quickly and late at night I inadvertently put “secondary” when I meant “selective”. The first sentence of the second paragraph should have read “There are not 2,000 selective/grammar school children travelling every day from the coastal towns into Canterbury” which …

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School serves well – just where it is

Councillors in Herne Bay and Sir Roger Gale have asserted that Herne Bay children are missing out on school places, with particular concern raised that children living in the Reculver, Bishopstone and Beltinge area have been excluded from attending grammar schools in general and Barton Court in particular (Pupils Caught In School Tug-Of-War, Letters and Opinion, Herne Bay Gazette, June …

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War of words over school move

Parents and councillors clashed in a war of words over the future of Barton Court at a fiery public meeting this week. The debate was organised by representatives from Herne Bay in a bid to boost support for the grammar school’s bid to move to the town from Canterbury. Developer Mark Quinn hopes to include the school in his plans …

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Grammar campaigners call school ‘clapped out’

Supporters claim Barton Court move would help pupils CAMPAIGNERS slammed a grammar school rated as outstanding as “clapped out” and “past its sell-by date” at a public meeting. Supporters of Barton Court’s proposed move to Herne Bay said it would allow the school to expand and provide a vital opportunity for more children from the town to have a grammar …

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A grammar schooI brings us no benefit

UNFORTUNATELY, I was unable to attend the meeting organised by the supporters of Barton Court’s proposal to move. Through your columns may I put some questions and comments to the organisers? How will a grammar school in Herne Bay regenerate the town? The proposed site is too far from the centre for pupils or staff to be able to visit …

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School move would benefit all in town

The proposed move to Herne Bay by Barton Court in my opinion is a good thing for the whole district (Councillor Has Got His Priorities Wrong, Letters and Opinion, Herne Bay Gazette, May 15). As a father-of-three my choice for my children were single-sex schools or a mixed grammar similar to those offered to Canterbury parents. The difference is my …

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School move is ‘way forward’, say supporters

Barton Court meeting to be held CAMPAIGNERS supporting a grammar school’s proposed move from Canterbury to Herne Bay are holding a public meeting. Supporters of Barton Court’s planned relocation to the former Herne Bay golf course at Eddington want people to turn up and let school bosses know their views. It has been arranged by city councillors who say a …

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Why moving our school to the coast has its attractions

It’s an issue that has sparked controversy and divided parents across the district, but in an exclusive interview with the Gazette, Barton Court head teacher Kirstin Cardus lays bare the reasons why it needs to move to Herne Bay A city grammar school looking at relocating to the coast has hit back at claims the move is a “done deal”. …

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