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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.

The Charles Dickens School GCSE Results 2016

The Charles Dickens School is delighted with excellent GCSE results this year.

We are delighted that the results this year are impressive indicating the hard work of students and staff alike.

Students achieved 53% 5A*-C grades of which 50.4% of students achieved 5+ A*-C grades including Maths and English, and 10% achieved the English Baccalaureate.

Mr Richard Morgan, Head of School commented ‘I am really delighted for all our students who have worked so hard to achieve these excellent results. The GCSE examinations are not getting any easier and it is so rewarding for the students, staff and parents when all the students’ hard work is justly rewarded with a fantastic set of results. We would like to thank Mrs Stoner and her team of staff from St George’s C of E Foundation School who have supported The Charles Dickens School during the last academic year and have contributed towards these improved student outcomes.”

There was a real buzz in the school when students were opening their results with many happy and joyous faces! The school is delighted with some notable achievements for individual students, with the majority of students achieving the grades needed to attend their chosen Post-16 provision. There are too many students to mention individually!

“The School would like to thank all staff for their hard work and all parents and Governors for their continued support, without which such excellent results and student achievement would not be possible.”

The Charles Dickens School A Level Results 2016

The Sixth Form at The Charles Dickens School celebrated their best ever A level results this year.

All students achieved a 100% pass rate at A level and AS level.   Top students Niamh Marriott (BCC) and Nicola Jacobs (BBC) secured places at their first choice; Kent University and Essex University. Other destinations include Coventry University, CCCU, Roehampton and Greenwich as well as students choosing to follow the apprenticeship route.

These results are a great testament to the hard work of students and their teachers.