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One of our VI pupils has been practising his braille and how to structure a letter with paragraphs.He used his skills to write to Tottenham Hotspur and received this response ! What a lovely letter to get back.#cdsvi


Sustrans were in school for the second session with our Pupil Voice team last week. We looked at with an Engineer, and suggested ways that we can improve the roads to make them safety and user friendly for cyclists, and pedestrians.


Our VI pupils have been raising money for two charities close to their hearts – Porchlight (the School’s chosen charity) and Great Ormond Street Hospital.Our leading girls took on a sponsored walk raising a staggering £222.00 (£111.00 for each charity).


Please see attached a poster advertising an upcoming Under 18’s disco for Year 9 upwards (ages 13-17) at Retort House, Broadstairs. Broadstairs and St Peters Town Council are really keen to promote Retort House as a welcoming, safe environment for young people in the town.



Congratulations to our Term 1 Take it Further task competition winners! Pupils submitted a range of fantastic work The quality of work was very impressive and well done to these pupils for pushing their learning the extra mile.


This Wellbeing Wednesday, we are looking at how to cope with ‘worry’. How do you explain worry? - It is a caution signal, a natural response to a big event, change, or challenge, a way of thinking and feeling ahead: "Am I ready for this?How do I train my brain to stop worrying?



The Children’s Commissioner is encouraging our young people to complete her survey. She will be using what they say to inform what she says to politicians and decision makers. The survey is open for a few more weeks. .


Our wonderful Anti-Bullying team worked hard to promote Anti-Bullying week last week . They set up a stall for pupils to write a Random Act of Kindness card to give to other pupils/staff. There were many Acts of Kindness so well done to the Team!#cdsantibullying


CDS will be taking part in Disability History Month this year - The focus is childhood and youth. As well as sessions in tutor time, pupils will be able to create presentations/posters showing how things have improved for children and young people through history.


This year’s Black History Month theme our Sisters, brought about some amazing work and thought provoking work from our pupils that we are proud to showcase. Well done everyone who took part!#cdsblackhistorymonth


The rain held off for the majority of the Remembrance service held at the Broadstairs War Memorial on Remembrance Sunday this year. Our head pupils, Amelie and Teaghan, honoured the memorial by laying a wreath on behalf of the School.Lest we forget ....#cdsremembrance


The Charles Dickens School is the highest performing non-selective school in East Kent - see our Headteacher's press release attached for more details.


Year 7s went to RHA for a dodgeball tournament. CDS were in the final game against RHA and came out victorious winners after a sudden death catch! It was an amazing show of teamwork and dedication from both teams!#cdsdodgeball


Anti-bullying week is 13 to 17 November. The theme this year is “Make a Noise About Bullying”.Pupils will carry out Random Acts of Kindness and they will also be able to purchase anti-bullying bracelets for 10 pence, on sale in the Heart.#cdsantibullying


Y7 had a fire safety talk from Kent Fire and Rescue Service. They looked at the dangers and consequences of arson, as well as considering the ways that they can keep themselves safe in the community. Thank you to KFRS for coming in!#cdsY7


CDS pupils recently enjoyed a trip to the Houses of Parliament, in which they had the opportunity to visit the House of Commons and learn about the history of democracy and devolution in the UK. We can’t wait for the next Houses of Parliament trip!#CDSSociology


This Wellbeing Wednesday we are looking at techniques for ‘Writing for wellbeing’. Writing for wellbeing, also known as expressive writing or creative writing for therapeutic purposes ,is a simple and rewarding way to develop self-expression and make space for reflection.


A reminder that our senior prefect team are selling poppies and British Legion merchandise at both break time and lunchtime in the Heart. Pupils can purchase these items for a donation,Thank you for your support.#cdscharities


Ever feel like your voice isn’t heard as a young person? Vote in the Kent Youth County Council elections! KYCC is open to all young people aged 11 to 18 years. We have two candidates applying – Amie and Zoe. Read their policies below!#kycc


CDS have an opportunity for our Y7 pupils to take part in a 7-week workshop with the Emotional Wellbeing Team looking at ways to better manage worries and maintain our wellbeing. See the poster for information on signing up.



Examination Board: AQA

Course Title: GCSE Photography  

Why should I choose to study Photography?

Students considering Photography must be prepared to learn about the workings of the camera, composition, lighting and camera control.  Students need to be hardworking and demonstrate an ability to research and record ideas in their own time.   If students enjoy a creative challenge, have a passion for the world around them and enjoy exploring the finer details, capturing those special moments and meanings behind photographs then this is the course for them.

What will I learn?

Students will learn the skills necessary to create, evaluate and ultimately appreciate artworks from a range of different artists and designers. Students will learn to respond to their own surroundings through their own first hand observations and exploration of processes. Students will explore photography manipulation processes and cover topics such as portraits, landscapes, still life and work in the abstract. We believe inspiring students to become photographers in their own right allows for the development of a creative journey with personal and meaningful outcomes. 

What will be expected of me?

Students will be expected to describe and evaluate each photograph in sketchbook form. With every shot comes a written explanation.  Students will need to use specialist vocabulary and be able to present and annotate their own work and that of others.    This course delves into the workings of the camera as well as the inspiration and thought process behind a range of photographers.  Students will be expected to engage in a wide range of independent study.  They will need to have access to a camera in order to complete and develop work. The essence of the course is to be able to develop an idea from its initial source through to a final response. 

What skills will I develop?

The course will reinforce basic observation skills as well as an introducing students to the rules behind photography, developing an understanding of the workings of a camera and Photoshop processes.   Throughout the course each student will develop an initial photograph and developed to a final response/s. It is essential that students conduct relevant research to inform their own ideas and be prepared to work out of their comfort zone in order to explore alternative working methods and practices.

How will I be assessed?

Your coursework portfolio forms 60% of your overall mark.  This portfolio will comprise of one exploratory unit and one extended project. Your examination project forms the final 40% of the grade.  The examination requires you to select and develop a body of work over time before producing a final piece during a 10 hour practical examination.

Where will this qualification lead me? 

The creative industries of the world look to the UK for its inspiration and skills. Our most able students are currently studying at art colleges and universities throughout the country. After GCSEs many of our students will apply to the University of the Creative Arts Canterbury or Canterbury Christ Church University to study BTEC course or equivalent before going on to study degree course.

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