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It’s Wellbeing Wednesday! - How do we teach ourselves to receive love? To be loved and nurtured by others is a basic human need. It is one of the main experiences in life that helps us grow into the best versions of ourselves.


Attached is some information about FREE wellbeing activities that are taking place over February half term for young people aged 13-17 years in Thanet.More information about the programme can be found at via Instagram at .



9x1, 10x1 & 10x2 mathematics pupils entered into the UKMT Maths Challenge. This was an online challenge, testing logical abilities and problem solving skills. A big shout out to all who took part, we are very proud. Now to wait for the results!


This week’s Hospitality Skills Club saw pupils mastering the art of sushi making!Some great results and many headed off home with the intention of making more.#cdshospitality


Y7 and 8 pupils worked with staff from Margate Turner Contemporary to create a range of abstract sculptures.Under the theme ‘Adapt’, pupils were challenged to create group sculptures but without talking to each other! How did they know what they were making?#cdsvisualarts


We are delighted to announce that we have been successful in electing 2 candidates for Kent Youth County Council. Amie in Year 9 and Zoe in Year 10. They will join Jasmine, who joined KYCC last year. The students will work with KYCC on their policies.


Cultural capital days this year included a Y7 trip to see Aladdin at the Marlowe Theatre, Y8s taking part in Food Champions/Society Makers and Y9s on the Canterbury Trail. Y10 pupils visited the Natural History Museum and Y11 took part in activities relating to Post 16.


Pupils from all year groups came together to perform dance, drama and music to family and friends.There was a range of performances including the school choir, dance club, drama club, and GCSE pieces.Thank you to everyone for their support.#cdsperformingarts


There’s a lot of pressure at this time of year to feel happy because everyone else is. Christmas looks different for everyone and you should spend it in a way that makes you feel as relaxed as possible and helps you look after your mental health.#cdswellbeing


Thank you and well done to everyone who has taken part in our CDS Christmas Food Bank Appeal. You have helped to provide 286 meals! Congratulations!


Well done to our CDS community on the Christmas food bank collection to go to FareShare Kent. Thanks to everyone who donated this year, we appreciate your contributions.#cdscharity


We had some great entries for our Christmas card competition and somehow managed to whittle it down to just two! The winning card has been made into a CDS Christmas card. Well done to all entrants. The top two, each received a certificate and prize.#cdschristmas


Barton Court Academy Trust are recruiting an Attendance Administrative Assistant for CDS (term time only + 5 SDD). If you, or someone you know, feel you have the skills and knowledge to fulfil this role, please see the vacancy in full here:



Year 11 Hospitality pupils have been trying their hands at truffle making to get into the Christmas spirit – they were a lot harder to produce than expected. Don’t they look incredible! Well done!#cdshospitality





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.

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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