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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.

Enrichment Activities

Character Education

The Charles Dickens School offers a broad range of enrichment activities, designed to develop our pupils as a whole person, through the PSHEE curriculum, extra-curricular activities and Cultural Capital activities.

Character Education enables us to provide experiential learning opportunities to pupils.

Character Education helps pupils to develop their interests and abilities, provides valuable learning experiences outside their studies, and promotes independence and interpersonal links with pupils in other year groups.

The core aims of our Character Education programme are to:

  • Develop pupils’ resilience
  • Promote co-curricular opportunities to broaden pupils’ horizons
  • Develop independence, self-esteem and responsibility
  • Play an active role as members of a democratic society
  • Make the most of their own abilities and those of others
  • Behave in a socially and morally acceptable way including towards authority and each other
  • Encourage pupils to become involved in the life of their community, both inside and outside of school.
  • Value the achievements they make, and the achievements of others
  • Make informed choices about dealing with risks and meeting challenges now and in the future.
  • Decide on values by which they want to live their lives, helping pupils make informed, ethical choices.
  • Prepare pupils for the future, pathways and progression with pupils realising their potential.
  • Develop a sense of belonging that allows pupils to have a voice and to influence society.
  • Develop confident communicators.


The Charles Dickens School Core Values of Character

The school values of Compassion, Aspiration, Resilience and Enthusiasm are embedded into the planning and delivery of Character Education within the school.  Consistent promotion, delivery and reference to our core values to our pupils encourage them continue their development to become well-rounded and exceptional young people:

Compassion; empathy, kindness and an understanding of those around us.

Aspiration; challenge oneself to pursue our dreams and ambitions.

Resilience; manage the change in our lives and develop coping mechanisms to make the right choices and overcome obstacles.

Enthusiasm; to have the energy, equilibrium and happiness in life.

Recognising Character:

We know how important it is for pupils to be rewarded and recognised for doing the right thing. Pupils have the opportunity to earn over 50 badges that represent our “pupils of character”, ranging from Orator, College Bowl champions, Attendance, Intercollege Champion and pupil leadership roles and so many more.

We truly believe in the power of empowering pupils to tell their own story of personal development through these badges; proudly displaying the characteristics and values that they have achieved.

CARE values:

Throughout the academic year, pupils will be exposed to the CARE values consistently to embed the importance of these values as future life skills, alongside opportunities within the Personal Development curriculum to broaden pupils’ experience of extra-curricular opportunities to develop them as a whole.

Continued exposure to the school’s core values (CARE) will allow the consideration of these values to become routine, alongside the explicit highlighting of specific values through PSHE, assemblies and extra-curricular provisions.

Character Caught:

Pupils will develop the strength of their character through the regular reinforcement and empowerment of the school’s CARE values. Character will be caught through the ethos and the values of the school.

Character Taught:

Pupils are provided with structured teaching of character, through lessons, PSHE, assemblies and form time. Throughout the school year, the school CARE values, virtue and character are consistently taught.

Character Sought:

Pupils are provided with multiple opportunities to encourage them to actively seek to develop their own character, for example through (but not limited to) Duke of Edinburgh award, PIXL LORIC, Diana Anti-Bullying award and Debate club, alongside our extra-curricular offer. 

Pupils are given opportunities within school to experience:

  • Outside speakers into assemblies
  • One off workshops
  • Long term programmes
  • Drop in sessions
  • Vote in school-based elections
  • Pupil Voice (Sit on pupil council and various ‘drive teams’).
  • Attend clubs at lunchtime, and after-school
  • Go on school trips
  • Brilliant Club
  • Gifted & Talented club


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