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Kooth are running online talks for parents on 21 and 26 July. They will be talking about parenting pressures over the summer holidays, and how they can support.Please feel free to sign up directly if this is of interest to you.


Our final Wagamama club ended with a sweet treat – banana katsu! Served with ice cream, restaurant style.The club is open to all KS4 pupils who study Hospitality and Catering at CDS, so sign up for Term 1 in September!#cdshospitality




Week 4 of Wagamama club was making gyozas, ably assisted by an ex-pupil who learned to make these for her exam last year. The tasty little parcels were professionally finished and tasted delicious. Watch out for next week’s mystery recipe!!#cdshospitality


In Year 10, our young artists are exploring a range of themes for their personal project. Topics range from identity, to landscape, to food. Currently researching the work of others to feed their ideas.#cdsvisualarts


Year 9 pupils are embarking on an exciting new project, ‘objects as art’, exploring the work of Sarah Graham who is a photorealist artist painter, documenting childhood memories through sweets and toys.#cdsvisualarts


Our doors open at 5pm tomorrow, Thursday 27 June, for the School’s Academic Exhibition (formerly Arts Festival).We really hope that you will be able to join us to celebrate the talents and the work of our amazing pupils.#cdsacademicexhibition





We know that the Summer holidays can increase social isolation for some pupils, spending more time inside and on their mobile phones. are encouraging young people to get outside and “go somewhere good” this summer holiday.


This week’s recipe was all about a comforting and healthy ramen bowl.Making their own stock, garnishes, and seared chicken, KS4 Hospitality Club pupils smashed “Cook Wagamama” week 3!#cdshospitality


sharing their journey as a and it's role in sustained school improvement. What worked, the challenges faced and how to build a culture of


This free workshop is brought to you by Broadstairs and St Peter’s Town Council. There are limited spaces so make sure that you book a space today. To book email or call us on 01843 263609. Limited spaces available.


We were delighted to be invited to a Time Capsule planting at the newly opened, Copperfield Court care home. Our new head pupils planted a time capsule, to be opened in 2074. We wonder what they'll think of what's in there when it’s opened 50 years from now!


This week pupils were tasked with making either chilli squid, with dipping sauce, or bang bang cauliflower.Both dishes were presented professionally and tasted amazing!Look out for our next post as it’s Ramen week next week!#cdshospitality


Congratulations to CDS TA Alice, who is the Overall Winner of the Heart of KAB Appreciation Award.We are so proud of the work she does in school with our VI pupils, offering a tremendous amount of encouragement & support, and opening doors of opportunity for them.


Year 10 are creating some fantastic work in their Visual Arts lessons and so we wanted to celebrate and share with you some of the great work being developed across the department.#cdsvisualarts


KS3 Food Club did a great job creating their own Cake Pops in Food Club – Just as good as you’d find in a well-known high street coffee shop, we reckon!Well done team, they look amazing!#cdsfoodclub


Dance pupils had the opportunity to go to the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury to watch the musical ‘Everybody’s Talking about Jamie’. This musical has become part of the dance curriculum and so this theatre trip will give pupils a deeper understanding of the course.#cdsdance


Year 9 Visual Arts pupils have Just completed their “natural forms” project exploring the work of everyone from Henry Moore to Georgia O’Keeffe.#cdsvisualarts


Year 7 Visual Arts pupils have recently completed a Hundertwasser landscape project with some very colourful outcomes and are now working on studies of bugs.#cdsvisualarts


The first Wagamama cooking club was a resounding success with KS4 pupils making a chicken katsu curry with sticky rice. I’m sure you’ll agree the outcome looks very professional!#cdshospitality


Today is World Environment Day; the perfect day to consider how you can make small changes to improve the impact that we all have on the world around us. Here are ten easy ways to achieve actions, that we can all try!

Pupil Attendance

At The Charles Dickens School, we believe that consistent attendance plays a vital role in fostering academic success, social development, and a sense of belonging. When pupils attend school regularly, they benefit from continuous learning, active participation in class discussions, and the opportunity to build positive relationships with their peers and teachers.

Good attendance and punctuality are important for achieving success at school and are also important life skills.

Absence from school disrupts learning and hinders progress. Ensuring regular attendance at school is a legal responsibility for parents/carers.

If pupils are not in school a justifiable reason must be provided, parents/carers should contact the attendance team by 8.40am or as soon as possible thereafter via telephone or email.

School absence line: 01843 608692

School absence email:

Head of Year:

Yr7      L J Jones

Yr8      K Pluckrose

Yr 9     D Gonzalez-Bello

Yr 10    R Smith

Yr11    L Taylor

Attendance leaflet

Attendance during
one school year
Equal this number of
days absent

Which is approximately
this many week absent 

Which means this number of lessons missed
95% 9 days      2 weeks 50 Lessons
90% 19 days     4 weeks 100 Lessons
85% 29 days     6 weeks 150 Lessons
80% 38 days     8 weeks 200 Lessons

If a student’s attendance falls below 90% they are classified by the Government as being a Persistent Absentee (PA) and are at a much greater chance of failing in their GCSE subjects and therefore damaging their life chances.


Good punctuality is an excellent life-skill, and we expect all our students to arrive in school before 8:40am. For any student who arrives after 8:40am, we operate a ‘late gate’ through reception and pupils will receive a detention on third late to school. If a pupil arrives after 8:55am they will receive a detention the same day.

We thank you for your continued support in ensuring your child attends school on time every day, so they can achieve their full potential. Arriving just 5 minutes late every day is the equivalent to missing 3 days of education over the whole year. 10 minutes late every day will mean that a child loses over 30 hours of learning a year.

Supporting your child – Parents/carers

The following advice and support has been collated from Government advice and educational bodies around the support required to improve attendance.

  • Talk to your child about the importance of attending every class to support their learning. 
  • Help your child maintain daily routines; write out a morning and evening routine to follow, including wake up time, leaving the house, completing homework and a bedtime.
  • Having a routine for getting up, getting dressed, having breakfast and leaving the house can create a sense of confidence and reduce stress.
  • Prepare the night before by checking their timetable, packing bags and laying out clothes.
  • Ask about their school day; learn which classes are engaging your child’s interests.
  • Discuss ways to increase interest in classes your child does not find engaging.
  • Encourage meaningful after school activities, including sports and clubs.
  • Discuss feelings of pressure from other children or feeling alone at school which can lead to skipping or missing school.
  • If your child is feeling unsafe, losing interest or missing school, speak to their Head of Year.
  • Stay on top of your child’s social contacts. Peer pressure can lead to skipping school, while pupils without many friends can feel isolated.
  • Schedule dental and medical appointments outside of the school hours.
  • Don’t let your child stay home unless truly sick; medical evidence will be requested.
  • Communicate with the school - talk to teachers if you notice sudden changes in behaviour. These could be tied to something going on at school.  
  • Attendance is an important life skill that will help your child be successful during GCSE exams and throughout their future careers.

Attendance Rewards

Each pupil starts with 5 Reward Points each day with the expectation that they will attend school, work hard, be well behaved and respectful, and make the right decisions throughout the day. 

  Year Group Reward

At the end of each term, Christmas, Easter and Summer, there is a local/in-school reward offered to pupils in each year group who satisfy the following criteria:

97.5% attendance and Top 30 pupils in the year group on points.

At the end of the academic year there are three types of reward trips offered. An Elite trip, local trip and in-house reward. These will be based on a pupil’s attendance and accumulation of points (Both Rewards and Behaviour Points). These are offered to pupils who satisfy the following criteria:


Elite Trip/ reward – 97.5% Attendance + Top 60 pupils on overall Points

Local Trip/ reward – 95% Attendance + Next 60 pupils on overall Points

In-House reward – 95% Attendance + Next 30 pupils on overall Points

The Head of Year will run a reward assembly at the end of every term; this must include behaviour, attendance and progress.

The Head of Year will also promote the reward system and provide score updates through the weekly CDS mail and assembly.


Whole School Rewards/Attendance Rewards

At the end of the academic year there are a number of rewards available to pupils based upon the following criteria:

Highest Points pupil in the School - £100 Amazon Voucher.

Whole School Prize Draw: 1st Prize (£100). To be eligible a pupil must have a 100% attendance and a minimum of 925 points

Year group Prize Draw: 2nd Prize (£50) and 3rd Prize (£25) per year group. To be eligible a pupil must have a 97.5% attendance and a minimum of 925 points.

In addition to the above, excellent attendance (100%) will also be recognised three times each year at the end of term with an Attendance Letter of Congratulation from the Headteacher and an Attendance Certificate to be presented in assembly.  The Head of Year is responsible for the organisation of the letters and certificates. Data will be provided by the Attendance Managers.

Reward activities will be run for pupils that maintain excellent attendance throughout the school year. These activities will be set up at the end of term 1, 3 and 5 for each year group. To be eligible for these activities pupils must have 100% attendance or be in the top 10% of the year group for attendance. Pupils with incidents that do not meet expected levels of behaviour during the year may not be invited despite being in the top 10% in terms of attendance.

Supporting your child – School

The school utilises many areas of support. Additional support can be requested and made to appropriate support services within the school, including the school counsellor, SEND support and pastoral support. We also work alongside a range of external services.

The support that can be applied for includes:

ACS Time out card to access safe space

School counselling

Dove Confident Me sessions

School Nursing Referral

Salus mentoring


Kooth Counselling

Winston’s wish bereavement

Resilience workshop

Self-harm support (1-1 or small group)

Domestic abuse support (1-1)

Social skills (small group)


Holding on Letting Go (bereavement)

ABSA Support

Quarterdeck – Youth Clubs

Children and Young Peoples Mental Health Service (CYPMHS)

Single Point of Access

Early help referral

Emotional wellbeing team

TISS referral

Helpful links

Requesting absences

Authorisation of absences are at the discretion of the Headteacher.

All absences, including for holidays, must be requested as far in advance as possible. If you think your child needs to be taken out of school, you should discuss the reasons with the attendance team or the Head of Year as soon as possible.

If the Headteacher is satisfied with the evidence and the notice period, they will authorise the absence.

The school cannot be expected to authorise an absence for a holiday during term time.

Taking holidays during term time means that pupils miss important school time – both educationally and for other school activities. It will be difficult for pupils to catch up on work when they return to school. Only in exceptional

circumstances may a holiday be authorised during term time – this will be decided by the Headteacher.

Exceptional circumstances do not involve cheaper costs, family availability or weather conditions.

KCC can issues a fine if your child is on holiday during term time without permission from the Headteacher.



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Attendance leaflet for parents 2023 Download
Leave of Absence Form Download
CDS Attendance AAHT Letter September 2023 Download

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