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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!

Secondary Ready Graduation 2018

Posted on: 17/01/2019

The “Secondary Ready” Learning Pathway is an exciting curriculum pathway designed to further support children through their secondary education. The curriculum based offer focuses on literacy and numeracy allowing the development of the essential skills necessary to achieve in secondary school.

When students are ready they graduate from this pathway into mainstream secondary education.  8 students graduated this year at the end of Term 2 at a ceremony led by Mrs Harrison, Deputy Headteacher and Miss Oxley-Moore, Secondary Ready TA, and it was a great success. 

Students received their certificates and 2 Year 7 graduates gave a moving speech about their goals and achievements throughout this learning pathway which you can read below. 

 “Good afternoon everyone -

Since starting our journey in September, at The Charles Dickens School, we have proven to ourselves just how skilled and talented our abilities are in our education. We are strong and hardworking. We have the chance to ask questions should we not understand knowing full well just how supportive and dedicated our teachers are. We have the strength to pass our classroom work to make our teachers and parents proud, but most importantly to make ourselves proud.

In our time of being in Secondary Ready we have been taught so much more that has helped us with both our education and our personal development. It has given us a chance to see that education is a lot more than just reading books, knowing our timetables and to answer essay questions. It has taught us to be young adults, to be good listeners, to respect each other with equality, to build good friendships, to love, to care and to always be kind. In our lessons we have been leaders, team players, artists, historians, even having the chance to travel around the world to develop our knowledge.

Our ethos here at The Charles Dickens School is to “Expect, Believe and Achieve”. We work together as a team towards our expectations to become the best people that we can be. Because of this we are given the chance to believe in ourselves, to believe what we do is important and to show that we can make a difference. It has given us the confidence and knowledge to achieve our goals in our education to continue to do our best.

Giving students the chance to have extra support that Secondary Ready provides us is something that most students desire and it is something that we all, here today, can be thankful for. Whether you are a Year 7 or a Year 8, moving into mainstream or continuing your education, we all work together to strive forward.

We would like to take the opportunity to say a massive thank you to all the teachers that have supported us since our journey began here in September. Your hard work, support and dedication has not gone unnoticed. Through the hard times and the good times, knowing we had your support is something we will always remember.

We would like to thank you TAs who work closely with us, to help with our understanding in lessons, personal growth and always being there to listen to us when we should need it,  is something that won’t be forgotten lightly.”

And lastly, a big thank you to Mrs Bennett.  Even though she could not be here today, we know that she is proud of our achievements and proud that we are all here today working together as team that we all are.

We are looking forward to continuing our education here. To build and develop our skills and knowledge but most importantly, to always be the best people that we can be.  Thank you”

The School is extremely proud of their graduates.

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