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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!

Cultural Capital

Developing Cultural Capital

Cultural capital is defined as the accumulation of knowledge, behaviours, and skills that a student can draw upon and which demonstrates their cultural awareness, knowledge and competence; it is one of the key ingredients a student will draw upon to be successful in society, their career and the world of work. At The Charles Dickens School we work to build our student aspirations and expose them to a range of experiences to helps them achieve goals and become successful.

We recognise that for students to aspire and be successful academically and in the wider areas of their lives, they need to be given rich and varied opportunities to develop their cultural capital. We do this in many ways, for example, through our curriculum, cultural capital days, extra-curricular activities, trips and visits and careers activities.

At The Charles Dickens School pupils follow a Cultural Capital Journey which spans 5 year of rich and diverse opportunities, this is planned and continually evolved to ensure pupils are exposed to a range of high and popular culture, alongside enrichment based opportunities.

We recognise that there are six key areas of development that are interrelated and contribute to building a student’s cultural capital:

  1. Personal Development
  2. Social Development, including political, current affairs awareness and debate
  3. Physical development
  4. Spiritual development
  5. Moral development
  6. Cultural development

We strongly believe that there can be nothing can be more important for our children’s education than ensuring they are supported to be the best they can be within our ever changing, diverse society that ensures everyone has an equal opportunity to live, learn, and achieve.


Personal Development

Careers and Information, advice and guidance provision; 

Personal Finance Education;

Employability skills,  

Personal, Social and Health Education curriculum; 

The school’s wider pastoral programme, PSHE drop-down and bitesize sessions;

Transition support and induction; 

Work to develop confidence e.g. debate clubs and interview skills workshops; 

Scholars Programme and Brilliant Club;

College ‘Bowl’ Competitions;

Activities focused on building self-esteem; 

Mental Health & well-being provision – Wellbeing Club, Mindfulness Training; 

Thematic Assemblies and Contextual Safeguarding Calendar

Social Development

PSHE curriculum; 

Form time curriculum; 

Whole School Charity work and Year Group fundraising activities; 

Pupil Voice – Debate and Activism; 

Social and Emotional Interventions Access; 

DFE Healthy Schools’ Accreditation; 

Access to CDS three levels of support (universal, specialised and bespoke) 

College competitions; 


Physical Development

Physical Education curriculum; 

Links with local sports clubs; 

Healthy Eating policies and catering provision; 

Anti-bullying and safeguarding policies and strategies; 

The health, drugs, alcohol, smoking and sex and relationships and elements of the PSHE curriculum; 

Extra-curricular activities available including Duke of Edinburgh Award;

Activity-based residentials; 

Food preparation and nutrition curriculum; 

Spiritual Development

The Religious Education/Ethics and Philosophy Curriculum; 

Our collective acts of worship and reflection; 

Support for the expression of individual faiths; 

School-linking activities – locally, nationally and internationally; 

The Assembly programme; 

Christian Workers Charitable Trust assemblies and outreach; 


Moral Development

The Religious Education/Ethics and Philosophy Curriculum; 

Behaviour Management policies, a culture of restorative justice approaches

Contributions to local, national and international charitable projects; 

Christian Workers Charitable Trust assemblies and outreach; 

Pastoral Programme; 


Cultural Development

Cultural Capital Programme

Educate and Celebrate ‘Bronze’ Award 

Youth Pride Network and ‘Pride’ Ambassadors

Access to the Arts; 

Access to the languages and cultures of other countries through the curriculum and trips and visits; 

Access to both high and popular culture through curriculum intent and enrichment opportunities

Promotion of racial equality and community cohesion through the school’s ethos; 

CDS ‘CARE’ values; 

Anti-Bullying Ambassadors through the ‘Diana Award’.

Assembly programme; 

Pastoral Programme