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21/06/24

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21/06/24

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21/06/24

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20/06/24

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. https://t.co/rj9SHPJzeV#GoSomewhereGood pic.twitter.com/OsTJQMxeQE

19/06/24

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 pic.twitter.com/daJLuTjiJ2

17/06/24

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 pic.twitter.com/8UYgOkDHNW

17/06/24

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 retorthouse.gov.uk or call us on 01843 263609. Limited spaces available. pic.twitter.com/l6oF7pPwzc

14/06/24

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! pic.twitter.com/GVpfXTpJPH

14/06/24

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 pic.twitter.com/8eOs665Iob

12/06/24

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. pic.twitter.com/jZ0UPX33XE

12/06/24

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 pic.twitter.com/LwO5avuo3P

12/06/24

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 pic.twitter.com/9HqclDy9xL

07/06/24

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 pic.twitter.com/i5HBEKkORV

07/06/24

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 pic.twitter.com/gXuWYcsfJZ

07/06/24

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 pic.twitter.com/AVjimSMZNa

06/06/24

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 pic.twitter.com/3T078Y7eRH

05/06/24

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! pic.twitter.com/DA666t0FjM

04/06/24

We’re celebrating Gypsy, Roma and traveller history month this June by taking the time to explore what family means to us. Pupils will be attending an assembly and will be able to enter a national art competition where they can express what family means to them.#GRTHM24” pic.twitter.com/VBTpBwUGTR

04/06/24

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04/06/24

June is Pride Month, members of the Pride youth network have been making banners to celebrate. pic.twitter.com/ckYTXRAcoQ

24/05/24

Wishing everyone a happy half term break.We look forward to seeing all pupils return on Monday 3 June, for the final term of this academic year! pic.twitter.com/bcJ0IXry2M

24/05/24

With half term next week it’s important that we give ourselves permission to do what ever we need to do to recharge our wellbeing batteries. pic.twitter.com/liNMeB4U5S

24/05/24

One of our pupils recently completed a project for her AQA coursework. She decided to incorporate her love for textiles by creating a unique item for her baby cousin, a combination blanket and bag.We think you'll agree this is a beautiful gift for a family member to treasure! pic.twitter.com/EgVL2N5hzM

24/05/24

Pupils enjoyed working on their Term 5 Engineering Club project, making ping pong bats! We finally tested them all out on the table tennis tables in our Fitness Suite!Pupils should look out for the new Club poster for next term, when we will be making a pucket game!’ pic.twitter.com/XChbkqmXw7

23/05/24

The NHS Immunisation Team will be in school on 6 and 7 June for TD/IPV MENACWY vaccinations. pic.twitter.com/3GXQ09C1l5

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

In Years 7 and 8, almost all students to follow an academic 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

 

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