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Sports Leaders from Y9 supported the running of the “Viking Games” at Upton Junior School. They ran sports events on a carousel, introducing the activity and explaining the rules. Pupils were an absolute credit to themselves and to CDS, leading with maturity and professionalism.


The display of winning entries to the Thanet Schools Young Artists Festival 2024 will be held at The Margate School from 21 May to 27 May.



Hospitality Skills Club, saw Key Stage 4 pupils make strawberry and cream mochi!It was a steep learning curve, but everybody enjoyed attempting the precision work and the taste of their sweet Japanese treats!Doesn’t the finished mochi look adorable!#cdshospitality


Y7 pupils took part in an orienteering event at Betteshanger Park. They were given a map of the Park with different numbers on. They had to navigate their way around the Park to find as many of the numbers as they could in one hour.They all had a brilliant time!


This Mental Health Awareness week, take the time to consider how movement can improve your feelings of wellbeing



A group of lucky pupils took a trip to The Lyceum Theatre in the West End to watch a magical performance of the re-imagined musical, The Lion King.This spectacular stage production was an experience exploding in colour, stunning effects, and enchanting music.


Inclusive Sports recently ran a Football afternoon for young people with SEND needs from surrounding local schools. Our CDS representative was a great ambassador, showing all our school values in encouraging and supporting in all of the activities.


Representatives from our pupil voice body had the pleasure of attending Thanet District Council’s Climate Change Cabinet Advisory Group. This was to present their findings from their project with Sustrans.


Congratulations to our Y7-10 ‘Take it Further’ Task Winners. Fantastic work was submitted including designing a cake and topper, different types of art, geography in the news, cultural food dishes and creative writing. Well done to everyone that submitted work!#cdstakeitfurther


Today is International Dance Day! The intention is to celebrate dance and bring people together around the world. This term Year 8s are studying “Rock n’ Roll” dance which is a social dance form. Rock n’ Roll is a fast, athletic style that originated from Lindy Hop.#cdsdance


🏆🎉Shout out to the amazing Charles Dickens School .🎉🏆Their staff surpassed an incredible 12,600 comments on the IRIS Connect platform over the past 18 months. What a testimony to their collaborative PD culture!


CDS is proud to be offering all pupils the opportunity to share a free breakfast in the school canteen. Pupils are invited to come along and fuel their school day with good food and a friendly atmosphere.Any questions can be emailed to Mr Holloway


Are you looking for services in your area that can offer support for your child as they go through their education journey? KCC SEN are offering an information and guidance session at the Quarterdeck Family Hub on 21 May. Please contact them directly if you would like to attend.


CDS ran its careers fair this week, one of the most exciting careers opportunities we offer our pupils during their time with us. Pupils were able to engage with employers from a range of sectors, and have the opportunity to explore a breadth of career pathways.


Kooth are running virtual parent support sessions on Monday 22 April at 1pm and again on Thursday 25 April at 6pm and each will last for 45 minutes. You can sign up using the link below.


Our Year 9 and 10 dancers took part in a workshop with Portia Oti of Zoonation Dance Company. They learnt professional repertoire from Kate Prince’s ‘Message in a Bottle’ and developed it with their own transitions. Everyone worked hard but had a great time!#cdscapa


Pupils visited Canterbury Cathedral and attended a workshop in the archives followed by a guided tour of the Cathedral. Pupils in our photograph are looking at the St Lawrence parish records from the 1700s.#cdshistory



Welcome to our weekly Wellbeing message!This week we are looking at how setting goals can support wellbeing.#cdswellbeing





CDS is looking to appoint an Assistant Head of Year (term time only plus 2 staff development days). If you, or someone you know, have the knowledge and skills to fulfil this role, please follow the link below to the full advertisement.


The final Hospitality skills workshop in T4 focused on high level fish skills under the guidance of our very own fish expert, and Leith's trained chef, Ms Grossmith. Pupils filleted, skinned and pan fried flat fish and then dressed it with some beurre noisette.

Staff List

Senior Leadership Team

Ms K Cardus CEO / Executive Headteacher
Mr W Smith Headteacher
Mrs C Benard Trust Senior Deputy Headteacher: Teaching & Learning
Mrs K Harrison Deputy Headteacher: Quality of Education
Mrs L Kettle Deputy Headteacher: Pastoral Care, Safeguarding and Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mr R Henderson Deputy Headteacher: Impact of Education
Mr A Weller Assistant Headteacher: Quality of Education
Mr D Lee Assistant Headteacher: Behaviour & Attitudes
Mrs L Roden Assistant Headteacher: Personal Development and Primary Transition
Mr D Shepperson Associate Assistant Headteacher: Attendance

Extended Leadership Team

Mrs M Humphrys Director of English (Acting)
Miss S Arthurs Director of Mathematics
Mrs R Quaye Director of Science
Mr J Howard Director of Business & Computing / Performance Director: Open Elements

BCAT Business Management Team

Mr M Blake Trust ICT Strategy and Projects Manager
Mrs K Trevor Trust HR Manager
Mrs N Coles Trust Chief Finance Officer

Heads of Year & Assistant Heads of Year

Mr L Jones Head of Year 7
Mrs M Derbyshire Assistant Head of Year 7
Mrs K Pluckrose Head of Year 8
Ms S White Assistant Head of Year 8
Mr D Gonzalez Bello Head of Year 9
Mrs L Knight Assistant Head of Year 9
Mr R Smith Head of Year 10
Mrs J Swinden Assistant Head of Year 10
Mr L Taylor Head of Year 11
Mrs K Thorn Assistant Head of Year 11

Business Studies Department

Mr J Howard Director of Business & Computing / Performance Director: Open Elements
Mr W Smith Teacher of Business Studies / Headteacher
Mr D Lee Teacher of Business Studies / Assistant Headteacher

Computing Department

Mr J Howard Director of Business & Computing / Performance Director: Open Elements
Mr D Shepperson Teacher of Computing / Associate Assistant Headteacher
Mr J Masters Teacher of Computing

Design & Technology Department

Mrs S Cottrell Trust Director of DT
Mrs K Naylor Lead Teacher of DT
Miss C Sutton Teacher of DT
Mr C Cotter DT Technician

English Department

Miss K Burvill Director of English (maternity)
Mrs M Humphrys Director of English (acting)
Miss E Luck 2nd in English: KS4
Mrs E Endersby 2nd in English: Professional Tutor
Mrs A Silva 2nd in English: KS3 (acting)
Miss E Hunter Teacher of English: Literacy Co-ordinator
Miss G Harris Teacher of English / Lead Teacher of Media
Miss L Butterfield Teacher of English
Mrs J Shaw Teacher of English / SENCo
Miss I Humphreys Teacher of English
Miss S Wilson Teacher of English
Mrs J Carman Teacher of English
Ms R Gammon Teacher of English

Geography Department

Mrs E Milligan Lead Teacher of Geography / Lead Teacher of Travel & Tourism
Mrs K Harrison Teacher of Geography / Deputy Headteacher
Mrs B Shepherd Teacher of Geography / Numeracy Coordinator
Mrs K Lott Teacher of Geography

Health & Social Care Department

Ms K Oborne Lead Teacher of Health & Social Care / Lead Teacher of Child Development

History Department

Miss A Murphy Lead Teacher of History
Mr A Weller Teacher of History / Assistant Headteacher
Mrs N Griffin Teacher of History / Senior Lead Practitioner
Mrs C Topson Teacher of History

Hospitality & Catering Department

Mrs K Naylor Lead Teacher of Hospitality & Catering
Miss V Grossmith Teacher of Hospitality & Catering / Lead Practitioner
Miss E Williams Hospitality & Catering Technician

Mathematics Department

Miss S Arthurs Director of Mathematics
Mr G Hough 2nd in Mathematics
Mr T Broughton 2nd in Mathematics
Mr D Gonzalez-Bello Teacher of Mathematics / HOY
Miss A Johnson Teacher of Mathematics  
Miss M Stait Teacher of Mathematics
Miss M Totadze Teacher of Mathematics (maternity leave)
Miss M Gallie Teacher of Mathematics

Modern Foreign Languages Department

Mrs Z Johnson Lead Teacher of MFL  
Mrs D Jordan Teacher of  MFL  

Music Department

Miss J Barrell Lead Teacher of Music / Duke of Edinburgh Co-Ordinator

Performing Arts Department

Miss H Gore Lead Teacher of Performing Arts
Mr L Jones Teacher of Performing Arts / HOY
Mrs P Cullen Teacher of Performing Arts

Physical Education Department

Mr D Allen Lead Teacher of PE / Senior Lead Practitioner
Mrs L Kettle Teacher of PE / Deputy Headteacher
Mrs L Roden Teacher of PE / Assistant Headteacher
Mr L Taylor Teacher of PE / HOY
Mr H Elvambuena Teacher of PE
Miss P Godden Teacher of PE

Religious Education Department

Mr S Goodall Lead Teacher of RE / Lead Practitioner
Mr K Williams Teacher of RE

Science Department

Mrs R Quaye Director of Science
Miss L Beeston 2nd in Science
Mrs W Crago 2nd in Science
Mr R Henderson Teacher of Science / Deputy Headteacher
Mrs K Pluckrose Teacher of Science / QTVI / Head of Year
Mr R Smith Teacher of Science
Mr L Curtis Teacher of Science
Miss H Dhillon Teacher of Science  
Miss D Farmer Teacher of Science
Miss K Briant Trainee Teacher of Science
Miss J Corby Senior Science Technician

Sociology Department

Miss L Butterfield

Lead Teacher of Sociology

Travel & Tourism Department

Mrs E Milligan Lead Teacher of Travel & Tourism / Lead Teacher of Geography

Visual Arts Department

Mrs S Chapman Lead Teacher of Visual Art
Mrs P Matthews-Crow Teacher of Visual Art
Mrs C Harrison Teacher of Visual Art
Miss A Dinham Teacher of Visual Art
Mrs D Harrison Visual Art Technician

SEN Department

Mrs J Shaw SENCo
Mrs J Sullivan Deputy SENCo
Mrs J Underwood SEN Administrator
Mrs S Lewis LTA: Interventions
Miss H Stanley LTA: Interventions
Mr J Holloway TA: Adaptive Support
Mrs S Hilton-Haynes TA: VI
Mrs A Holton TA: VI
Miss A Ingram TA: VI
Miss D Denbeigh TA
Mrs D Harris TA
Mr A Barrett TA
Mrs D Greig TA
Mrs S Smith TA
Mrs K Strich TA
Mrs E Floyd TA
Mr N Cavell TA: Alternative Provision

Student Support

Miss L Aubry Safeguarding and CIC Welfare Manager
Miss S Tyler Safeguarding and CIC Welfare Manager
Mrs K Lucas Attendance Improvement Manager: KS3
Ms S Spain Attendance Improvement Manager: KS4
Mr B Pluck Senior Pastoral Manager
Mrs J Clewley Behaviour & Pastoral Assistant
Mrs L Jones Behaviour & Pastoral Assistant
Mrs Z Shrimpton Alternative Provision Manager
Miss E Read Isolation Manager & Careers Coordinator
Mrs H Roos School Medical Officer
Ms L Brocklehurst Cover Supervisor


Mrs D Fitch PA to the Headteacher & Office Manager
Mrs S Kim Management Information Officer
Miss L Turner Examinations Manager
Mrs M Darvell SLT Administrator
Mrs K Vickers Receptionist
Mrs C Elassri Reprographics
Mrs G Carey Administration Assistant
Mrs V White Clerk to the Governors


Mrs N Coles Trust Chief Finance Officer
Miss S Hallam Trust Finance Manager
Mrs N Higham Trust Finance Assistant
Miss K Huntlea Trust Finance Officer


Mrs K Trevor Trust HR Manager
Mrs C Parkins Trust HR Officer

ICT Support

Mr M Blake Trust ICT Strategy & Projects Manager
Mr D Savage Trust Deputy ICT & Projects Manager
Mr P Anderson Senior ICT Technician
Mr C Sharp ICT Technician


Mr R Adams Site Manager / Trust Estates Manager
Mr T Pomeroy Assistant Site Manager
Mr P Harling Assistant Site Manager