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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

Introduction

Vision and Mission

At The Charles Dickens School we wish to nurture and develop all students and to provide an environment rich in opportunities for learning and for the development of individual gifts and talents.

We aim to inspire our students to be global citizens prepared for the exciting opportunities and challenges of today’s world. They will be encouraged to develop thinking skills that can be applied across disciplines, to learn languages which will allow them to communicate with confidence, and to develop the skills of leadership, collaboration and self-knowledge essential for happiness and personal fulfilment.

Each student at The Charles Dickens School is unique and our programmes are designed to support the developing needs of our students. The Gifted and Talented programmes are created to ensure the very best success for those students identified as having a particular gift or talent but are also open to all students who wish to aim high and achieve the very best in their academic and personal development.

Our partnership with Barton Court Grammar School will allow us to share ideas, resources and best practice to ensure all students have access to opportunities to stretch and challenge in all subjects to encourage academic excellence, and with individual talents in Art, Music, Drama, Dance, Sport and Design Technology. 


Curriculum – “The Grammar Learning Pathway”

In Years 7 and 8, there is an opportunity for students to follow the “Grammar Learning Pathway”.

Students study an academic curriculum making sure they are stretched and challenged across a wide range of traditional subjects, which includes a Modern Foreign language. This programme provides ideal preparation for the EBacc programme at KS4.

In Years 9 – 11, all students start their GCSE courses and there is an opportunity for students to study the traditional EBacc programme. This is the most prestigious learning pathway offered and will lead to the English Baccalaureate qualification. The EBacc provides students with a broad range of academic subjects upon which to build any future career options. It is expected by this Government that all students, at KS4, follow this pathway and it is recognised as a highly prestigious pathway by school Sixth Forms, Colleges, Universities and employers and is ideal preparation for Post-16 study.

To achieve the EBacc, students must gain a GSCE grade 9-5 in six subjects. These subjects must include:

  • Mathematics
     
  • English Language
     
  • 2 Sciences (2 from Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Computer Science, Combined Science (2 GCSEs))
     
  • 1 Humanity (1 from History or Geography)
     
  • 1 MFL (French)

 


Additional Opportunities

Students gifted or talented in a specific field or subject are provided with opportunities within and beyond the classroom to achieve their own personal excellence. They are consistently challenged to push themselves further and given opportunities to share their ability with others through leadership and challenging learning tasks. The success of our students is widely celebrated as we celebrate a culture where gifts and talents are nurtured and appreciated.

Extra-curricular opportunities, visits, competitions, exhibitions, events, concerts, productions, are widely available and students are encouraged to take part with as many as possible to extend their skills further and to broaden their learning.

Gifted and Talented students in Year 7 and 8 complete a programme within Tutor Time which is focused on developing key learning strategies which will support their ability to push and challenge themselves in lessons and become the most confident learners possible. Students in Year 9 and 10 are given the opportunity to complete the Extended Project Qualification. This GCSE course gives them the opportunity to research into a topic of personal interest and complete an academic piece of writing on it. Whilst completing the project they develop a range of transferrable skills including research, organisation, problem solving and communication. Year 11 students are supported to develop the strategies required to achieve the highest possible grades in their GCSE examination through effective learning and revision strategies. Students are also given the opportunity to be part of the ‘Brilliant Club’ scheme which gives them the opportunity to work with a PhD graduate to complete a series of tutorials and finally produce their own academic piece of writing.

The Charles Dickens School also works very closely with local universities to support our Gifted and Talented students. These opportunities push students to take their gifts and talents to a higher level and have experiences to support their passion for life-long learning. Some of these opportunities are summarised below

 

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

BioScience Degree in a Day

Build a Student

University Life

GCSE Revision Skills

E-Mentoring

Transition Project

BioScience Degree in a Day

TechGirl Challenge

Science Day

Inspiring Minds

Build a University

More than One Direction

Medical Fayre

Inspiring Minds

GCSE Revision Skills

Narrative Literacy Project

Narrative Literacy Project

I’m a Scientist

I’m an Engineer

Summer School

University Visits

Peace Festival

Study Skills

Summer School

University Visits

Maths Challenge Project

University Visits

Ethics – Degree in a Day

What Happens Next

Subject Specific Days

 

World Languages Day

Presentation Skills Workshop

Presentation Skills Workshop

Revision Subject Support

 

Dynamic Dialogue

Debating Development

The Benefits of Student and University Life

 

 

Science Extravaganza

University Visits

University Visits

 

 

Source Skills Project

Confidence in the Classroom

Confidence in the Classroom

 

Latest News

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Refurbishment of the Learning Resource Centre September 05th 2022

Refurbishment of the Learning Resource Centre

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PRESS RELEASE The Charles Dickens School GCSE Results 2022 August 25th 2022

PRESS RELEASE The Charles Dickens School GCSE Results 2022

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