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Detentions – Fact Sheet for Parents

The Charles Dickens School Detentions

Fact Sheet for Parents

The School adopts the statutory guidance provided by the DfE and you may wish to refer to the School’s Behaviour for Learning Policy and the DfE guidance “Behaviour and Discipline in Schools” Jan 2016 for further information.

A summary of the salient points are provided below:

Punishing Poor Behaviour

What the law allows:

  • Teachers can discipline pupils whose conduct falls below the standard which could reasonably be expected of them. This means that if a pupil misbehaves, breaks a school rule or fails to follow a reasonable instruction the teacher can impose a punishment on that pupil. This includes poor behaviour outside of school.
  • Punishments at The Charles Dickens School includes detentions after school. Teachers have statutory authority to discipline pupils whose behaviour is unacceptable, who break the school rules or who fail to follow a reasonable instruction (Section 91 of the Education and Inspections Act 2006).

Source: The School Behaviour for Learning Policy and the DfE guidance “Behaviour and Discipline in Schools” Jan 2016, page 3-5.

  • “Parental consent is not required for detentions”.

Source: Behaviour for Learning Policy page 18 and the DfE guidance “Behaviour and Discipline in Schools” Jan 2016 page 10.

At The Charles Dickens School, when a student is issued a detention the School informs parents of this and the reason why. By law, your permission or approval is not required. We would expect all parents to support the school in ensuring that conduct and behaviour are exemplary at all times.

The School is required only to inform you of an after school detention if these are long in duration. At The Charles Dickens School a student may be asked to stay behind for 5-10 minutes and this would not warrant contact home, however, longer than this and we will inform you.

In addition, the School reserves the right to issue no notice after school detentions if a pupil displays consistent poor behaviour or serious misbehaviour during the school day that warrants this. Parents will be informed by telephone that their child has been detained, the reason for this, and the time the detention will finish (usually 4pm, 4:15pm or 4:30pm). Source Behaviour for Learning Policy

You child is expected to attend all detentions set at the most appropriate time for the School as per the School Detention Calendar which has been set specifically so that detentions can be correctly supervised and these are determined by the pay and conditions of staff. This is why these are not negotiable or transferable.

If after viewing your child’s behaviour record you feel that you wish to discuss this matter further please write to the Head of Year outlining the reasons for contact and they will respond to you within 3 working days.

WKA British Open Champion

Well done to Lilly Anderson in Year 11, who has recently been made WKA British Open Champion! This fantastic achievement has led to Lilly being placed in the England squad for international competitions. We would like to wish her the best of luck for all of her upcoming training and fights!

Lilly Kickboxing

Students’s 100 Mile March

Charles Dickens School pupil, Bryony Stout, took part in the 4-day 100 mile Nijmegen march in July 2016 raising an amazing £412.50 for important Pilgrims Hospice care.  She took part in memory or her beloved Granddad who was in Pilgrims care last year.

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Year 8 Options Evening

 Dear Parent/Carer

 Year 8 Options Evening – Tuesday 7 March 2017 at 5pm

The Charles Dickens School is changing its curriculum offer to a compressed Key Stage 3 meaning that your child will have the opportunity to choose and start their Key Stage 4 (GCSE/BTEC) options in September 2017. This will provide students with more time to focus on these important qualifications improving their chances of success and therefore their life chances and options when they leave the School.

We would like to invite you and your son/daughter to the School on the evening of Tuesday 7 March 2017 between 5pm–6.30pm to find out more about the courses on offer as he/she progresses through Key Stage 4. Please note this evening is not to discuss your son’s/daughter’s current progress but to consider his/her choice of courses for the next three years of study.  The Year 8 Parent Consultation Evening is to be held on the evening of Wednesday 18 January from 4.00pm to 7.00pm, for this purpose and you will have received information about that event separately from Mrs Schers. The students will also have a Taster Day on Wednesday March 1 to try 5 different option subjects before making their final option choice.

On the Y8 Options Evening, there will be a presentation for parents at 5pm in the Sports Hall to explain the curriculum on offer and the various pathways, including the English Baccalaureate, and the important process of helping your son/daughter to choose his/her own individual learning pathway, and the support and guidance the school will be offering over the coming months. After this, you and your son/daughter will have the opportunity to talk to staff about GCSE/BTEC courses on offer. You will also receive a Year 8 options booklet which explains the courses and learning pathways available and a programme of the evening indicating where staff will be available for discussion and advice.  Please can I ask that students wear their school uniform to this event.

I will be available in the Sports Hall to provide further advice along with members of the senior team.  Mr John Handley, EBP Kent, will also be available in the Canteen to offer independent careers advice.

We look forward to seeing you at this very important event.  Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or you are unable to attend. Please complete the reply slip below to confirm your attendance.

Yours sincerely

Mr R L Morgan
Head of School

Click here to download the letter with Reply Slip

Year 11 Revision Schedule

The Revision Schedule for Year 11 students is now available:

BEFORE school Science Geography Science
LUNCH Art French Art, History Art, Sociology Art, Geography, Science Art, Psychology
AFTER school PE, Music, Drama, RM Maths, Food technology English, Graphics, H&S C Business, Dance


Service Pupil Premium 2017

This message is for the attention of Regular Forces Service parents based in England. If your child attends a state school, Academy or Free school in England and has been registered with the school as a Service pupil, the school will be granted a Service Pupil Premium of £300.  Further information is available at the KELSI website.


Thanet Families In Need Winter Appeal

Thanet Families In Need is an organisation that offers a wide range of support to those most at need in our community. These are families and individuals who have fallen on hard times for whatever reasons. Often these families include the most vulnerable – the elderly and the very young.

Poverty in Thanet has increased over the last years and demand for the services of Thanet Families In Need has risen dramatically recently, particularly with the change in weather.

Sixth Form students will be organising a collection in school of various items for donation to this organisation over the next few weeks. Students will come round to give forms weekly to collect items alternatively donations will also be welcome to be dropped off at any time in the sixth form area, particularly in the morning registration. We will start collecting donations on Friday 18th November. We would like to have all donations by Tuesday 13th December to give us time to organise the delivery of donations.

List of goods desired for donation-

Food (non-perishable) Pasta/rice/noodles
 UHT milk Tinned fish/meat
 Tinned fruit/vegetables All dried/tinned/jarred items
 Baby food Tea/Coffee/Sugar
 Jarred Spices Cereal
 Stock Cubes Biscuits
Nappies Toiletries
Books Toys
 Clothes Other household items

Last year we collected over 4 packed cars worth of donations. We would love to beat that this year.

Please take a little effort to make someone’s winter a little more bearable.

Please see link for further info including how to donate. Thank you.

Thrift Shop

We would be very appreciative of any donations of used uniform that is in good condition if your child has outgrown it. We will sell on any items donated at reduced prices via our school Hub. Thank you for your assistance.