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29/09/22

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28/09/22

Count down to our coffee morning on Friday! CDS are holding a Macmillan coffee morning for staff and students. We are hoping for lots of yummy bakes for students and staff to hold their bake sales at break time! Get your aprons on and get baking!! https://t.co/IFOZi88llo

28/09/22

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28/09/22

Welcome to our Wellbeing Wednesday message - This week we are looking at becoming more confident. https://t.co/jVAiuip5fB

26/09/22

Well done to all of our KS3 students who brought in their fantastic European themed bakes for today’s celebration of European Languages Day. Particular congratulations to our prize winners! Look out for more activities this week! https://t.co/OBMeUAvHfO

26/09/22

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26/09/22

CDS have extended looking to recruit a term time plus Administrative Assistant. If you, or anyone you might know, believe you have the skills needed to fulfill the role and would like to work with us, please check out the link below. https://t.co/BgxyL8ZYWI... https://t.co/IYS9ueYAym

22/09/22

Friday 30 September - Macmillan coffee morning. Students will run a cake sale at break time. We need our student bakers to get baking next week! Cakes can go to Mrs Kettle in her office at the start of next Friday! Thanks in advance for your support! https://t.co/z3oSDiamc1

21/09/22

CDS are looking to recruit a term time plus 10 days Examinations Manager. If you, or anyone you know, have the skills needed to fulfill the role and would like to work with us, then please use the link below to find the full advertisement. https://t.co/LVwC8aysor https://t.co/TNmBN800bI

21/09/22

Welcome to your Wellbeing Wednesday message!  This week we are looking at how having a Positive mindset is good for wellbeing - Positive thinking is so powerful it can change your daily routine and can help you solve your problems with ease. https://t.co/cIccpAUMVO

16/09/22

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15/09/22

A book of condolence has been made available to students who might wish to write a thought or a memory of her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The book will be available at break time and lunch time until the end of Friday. https://t.co/BbBKu3Ealw

15/09/22

CDS are looking to recruit a term time plus Admin Assistant. If you, or anyone you know, have the skills needed to fulfill the role and would like to work with us, then please use the link below to find the full advertisement. https://t.co/BgxyL8ZYWI... https://t.co/ps1WDkGdON

15/09/22

The Charles Dickens School will be closed on Monday 19 September so that our staff, students and their families can pay their respects to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. https://t.co/54TKMxPxJW

14/09/22

It's Wellbeing Wednesday! We pride ourselves on our ability to support students that attend our school with their wellbeing/mental health. Kooth believe every young person has the right to thrive and to access high quality mental health care. https://t.co/QiEV2MSN3v

14/09/22

Reminder! Thursday 15 September at 6pm is the CDS Year 11 Welcome Evening! We look forward to seeing Year 11 parents and students! https://t.co/BDzrX9tPC8

09/09/22

“It has always been easy to hate and destroy. To build and to cherish is much more difficult.” Queen Elizabeth II We thank you for your 70 years of service. https://t.co/BMe2UhuXV3

08/09/22

SAVE THE DATE! Thursday 15 September, 6pm-7pm - Year 11 Welcome Evening - An evening of information, strategies and guidance for the final year at CDS leading up to GCSEs. Parents, carers and students all welcome! https://t.co/uCRZEMox8P

07/09/22

UPDATE! We have the following football trial dates for both girls’ and boys’ teams, straight after school until 3.50pm. Any interested students should go to PE at the end of school on the appointed day, in full PE kit with boots and shin pads. https://t.co/MsAgIupsla

07/09/22

It's Wellbeing Wednesday! This first week back to a school routine may feel like our brains are ready to burst! Our minds are like human computers and we need to empty the cache of temporary “files” and reboot sometimes. https://t.co/ilO5Oq0q4T

05/09/22

Calling all Year 7 Footballers! Trials for both girls’ and boys’ teams are on Thursday 8 September, straight after school until 3.50pm. Any interested Year 7 student should go to PE at the end of school, in full PE kit including boots & shin pads. https://t.co/eAdfFHE5Jm

02/09/22

CDS is committed to promoting the role that pupils have in leading the school and as part of that we have developed a new Prefect Study for them to use as their planning base, and new honours boards to celebrate their roles. https://t.co/41Np9gZBDB

02/09/22

The school may have been closed over summer but work has continued on improving student resources in our Learning Resource Centre. The area has been completely refurbished. We have a new library and new teaching facilities for photography and art. https://t.co/7LuurAdJTg

02/09/22

Just a reminder that Monday 5th September, all CDS students return to school. We look forward to welcoming old and new students alike. We hope everyone had a good break - Enjoy the remainder of your holiday! https://t.co/ZLYfE7Munj

25/08/22

Congratulations to our Y11 students who collected amazing results today. Our press release is attached with full details of how the morning went. https://t.co/ifY4cLJ0eA

24/08/22

SEN & VI students took part in their own Sports Day to celebrate all of their hard work this year and to have some fun! Events had an inclusive twist as all students took part blindfolded with the help of a sighted guide for each race! https://t.co/HeoOJjiaq3

24/08/22

Remember that we are open tomorrow from 9am to 12 for Year 11s to collect exam results. Any uncollected results will be posted home but please note that there is a postal strike on Friday so delivery will be delayed. Please collect results tomorrow, if you can! https://t.co/EsFOv5FHGR

23/08/22

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22/08/22

Cultural Capital – H&C, Fun Food Showdown. We were lucky to have a very entertaining roadshow come to CDS – An exciting competition in the style of ‘Ready, Steady, Cook!’ had students cheering along while the lucky chefs got 15 minutes to produce a dish. https://t.co/nf56QCcSL2

22/08/22

Cultural Capital – H&C with GB Pizza from Margate. Managers showed students how to make authentic pizza. Cheeses were tested, facts were shared and students loved it! The results were so delicious and we don’t think many made it home! https://t.co/d0qmUaL5lX

22/08/22

Cultural Capital – H&C Pasta Making! Daisy Bergonzi, a local Puglian pasta maker, and owner of YUMDMC, delighted our students by showing them how to handmake pasta shapes. They ate their creations, with Daisy’s ‘secret’ pasta sauce and focaccia bread! https://t.co/zBfM6nDhZB

22/08/22

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22/08/22

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19/08/22

CDS is opening the doors on Thursday 25 August for Year 11 students between 9am and 12noon, to collect their results. Y10s that are expecting results can come into school on the same day but at 11am. We look forward to seeing you! https://t.co/5rQeWdm7t7

21/07/22

The weather was cooler, but the competition was hot! Sports Day this year saw our athletes challenged and pitting themselves, and their colleges, against one another. Winners of the Sports Day trophy was Gower! Well done to all! https://t.co/CBNkgy6Rt7

21/07/22

Students have been working hard all year collecting reward points through attendance, behaviour and activities. The winners this year are …. Fort! College captains were presented with the cup during sports day. https://t.co/knDWpW42BA

20/07/22

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20/07/22

Year 7 and Year 8 students took part in a ‘Time Detectives’ workshop, run by the University of Kent and Canterbury Christ Church University. Students explored the work of scientists who observe particles in ancient artefacts. https://t.co/sJPY5ej8vy

Careers Advice

As part of improving the quality and effectiveness of The Charles Dickens Careers Education and Guidance for our students, Mrs Read (Lead teacher for Careers Education, Information and Guidance) and Mr Weller (Lead teacher for Gifted and Talented students) are working with governors, heads of year, teaching staff, students, parents, external agencies, further education institutions and businesses so that The Charles Dickens School continues to ensure that our students receive excellent Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG).

Contact details for key staff:

Mrs Read, Lead teacher for Careers Education
Email: eread@cds.kent.sch.uk Phone: 01843 862988 EXT: 1869

Mr Weller, Lead teacher for Gifted and Talented students
Email: aweller@cds.kent.sch.uk

The Charles Dickens School is working to achieve the 8 Gatsby Careers Benchmarks, which reflect international best practice, to improve careers provision. As a school, we will be ensuring that all 8 Gatsby Benchmarks are implemented by September 2020.

The school has used Compass, an online self-evaluation tool, to assess how careers support compares against the Gatsby Benchmarks and the national average. We have baselined ourselves using this tool to improve our careers programme based on these results, and track the school’s progress against the Benchmarks over time. A tracker planning tool will be used to help record activities clearly and easily, and will identify how the school is meeting the Benchmark scores. This is the key tool that we use to measure the impact of our Careers work across the school and is reviewed every six months to ensure that progress is being made and impacting the development of all of our students.

The Charles Dickens School is working with The Education Business Partnership (EBP) which will provide external support to the school. The aim will be for every student from Year 7 -11 to have at least one meaningful encounter each year with employers and that these encounters will inspire pupils and allow them to learn about what work is like, or what it takes to be successful in the workforce. In addition to this, the schools aim is for all or the majority of pupils to have encounters with further or higher education establishment. Students will have encounters with these organisations whilst in school (in addition to the access we provide to apprenticeships and universities).

From Year 7 through to Year 11 students are encouraged to actively develop knowledge and skills that contribute to their preparations for the world of employment across a range of subjects, tutor time and dedicated focus days.  Activities, including business and enterprise projects as well as workshops and specialist speakers, support our provision for our students.

In February the school hosts a Careers Fayre for all students.  This event involves 50 local and national business, who working with school staff and our partner EBP, meet with students from all year groups.  All students will have an opportunity to explore a wide range of career opportunities and discuss these with the employers.  This event ties in with the year 11 making their post 16 plans and also the year 8 students choosing their options.

In order to ensure all students have 24/7 access to resources that support CEIAG, there are dedicated areas in the Learner Portal for Careers as well as links to the online software packages and other useful sites to support decision making.

We are also able to ensure that all students have access to independent Careers advice through our Careers Advisor Mr Handley. He is available in school and offers confidential guidance and support to students about careers, education, training and job options, as well as other issues such as health, money, relationships, and housing. All students will have a range of opportunities to work with Mr Handley. Any student who would like a Careers interview should speak with their HOY who will arrange this for them.  The Charles Dickens School offers a general programme of group sessions for year 8 students on choosing GCSE options, individual interviews with actions plans for year 11 students, and attendance at parents’ evenings and options evenings to give advice for parents.

A Personal Advisor can work with you to help prepare your son or daughter for the future. There might be particular times when you need our help, for example when your son or daughter:

  • is starting to think about their GCSE subject choices at Key Stage 3
  • is considering their options after Year 11. Personal advisors can give them advice and guidance on staying on in full-time education, starting work, training, work-based learning or apprenticeships
  • may be experiencing difficulties and they need extra support to get back on track
  • needs advice on the benefits available to them to support their progression through education and training
  • has a learning difficulty or disability and needs help with their next steps

Every pupil, and their parents/carers, should have access to good quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities. The National Careers Service offers information and professional advice about education, training and work to adults and young people aged 13 years and over. Pupils and their parents/carers can access support via a website, helpline and web chat. For more information see the websites listed below:

https://www.kent.ac.uk/careers

https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk

https://www.bestcourse4me.com

 

The next review of the careers information provided will take place on 1st September 2022

The Charles Dickens School Policy Statement On Provider Access

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