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31/03/21

Welcome to our final Wellbeing Wednesday of Term 4! What a year it has been! This week we are looking at adopting a flexible mindset. See the attached info for more detail and have a great Easter break everyone! https://t.co/dEEMlSQse5

31/03/21

Two Year 10 students have volunteered their free time to HeadStart, recruiting and evaluating the programme. Both girls are now leading on aspects of the project. For more information visit https://t.co/idHQuTNFr4 https://t.co/lgpli7jQds https://t.co/oif1MDuSHM

24/03/21

Welcome to another Wellbeing Wednesday – This week students are looking at the benefits of “journaling” to improve their mental health and wellbeing. What is journaling? See the attached tips to see how it might work for you! https://t.co/XbuN0v9EuW

17/03/21

Another Wellbeing Wednesday is upon us! This week students are looking at morning routines. https://t.co/DyDzvnJ9js

16/03/21

Comic Relief 2021! We are supporting “Red Nose Day” with a non-uniform day on Friday 19 March. Students can donate £1 on that morning if they wear non-uniform. Let’s support this fantastic cause and raise as much as we can! https://t.co/8Le7TcXAEc https://t.co/MxhXQRnhjV

10/03/21

Welcome to Wellbeing Wednesday! This week students are looking at how diving into a book can nurture their wellbeing and sustain their resilience. https://t.co/GW7Qg3ChAJ

10/03/21

Calling all chefs! There is a cooking competition being run across the whole of Kent called Young Cooks. https://t.co/EbZRv5k29w Let Mrs Naylor at school know if you have entered! https://t.co/ciFaVb5xJK

24/02/21

Welcome back to Wellbeing Wednesday – This week students are looking at self-esteem. See our attached wellbeing guidance for more info. Take a look at this YouTube video https://t.co/Xknm4Pre83 https://t.co/rikQwZJWiZ

23/02/21

H&C – Year 10 & 11 winners of their half term baking competition: excellent tray bakes and a home-made Buenos cheesecake. Well done! https://t.co/btm32xb7fA

23/02/21

H&C - Although there was no pancake tossing competition in the Hospitality & Catering classroom this year, Mrs Naylor challenged Y9 students to come up with the best looking, creative pancake. Here are the winning entries. Well done everyone! https://t.co/Xtn5eLtqEZ

23/02/21

H&C - Y8 students were challenged with a homemade soup making competition during half term. There were 3 winners: Vegetable soup with spicy notes &croutons, homemade cream of tomato soup, and vegetable and tomato winter soup. Well done to all who took part! https://t.co/8i8jmkaAPa

23/02/21

H&C – Y7 students were challenged with a bread making competition during half term. Entries came in interesting shapes/unusual ingredients. 3 winners stood out: A rustic loaf, fantastic pretzels, and a plaited loaf. Well done to all who took part and keep baking! https://t.co/NraD7EjyUk

12/02/21

We would like to extend our thanks to all parents and carers for your support this term in enabling us to continue with our remote learning. Students are now able to limit the gaps in their knowledge that lockdown could bring. Thank you all. https://t.co/d69EFaZ8oR

12/02/21

The school Key Worker provision is OPEN today.

11/02/21

Retweeted From National Online Safety

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11/02/21

Ensure you visit our learner portal for great tips on keeping your child safe online and visit National Online Safety for their free online safety resources. https://t.co/AkDrdidSdB

11/02/21

The school Key Worker provision is OPEN today.

10/02/21

Wellbeing Wednesday (2of2) - Resilience & Wellbeing We can find creativity in many different ways. These re inspirational start points: Art & drawing: https://t.co/FwEeZ4lyzX Photography: https://t.co/zTI77bYGcI Music: https://t.co/82qUp5iyRn

10/02/21

It’s the final Wellbeing Wednesday message of Term 3, and this week we are reflecting on wellbeing and resilience. Last week was Children’s Mental Health Week 2021 with the theme - Express Yourself! https://t.co/unuCYRLEZ8 https://t.co/EqxpETvszH

10/02/21

The school Key Worker provision is OPEN today.

09/02/21

The school Key Worker provision is OPEN today.

08/02/21

We are delighted to update you with the news that the School has been recognised for its commitment to providing safe remote education and has achieved National Online Safety Safe Remote Education Accreditation. https://t.co/KyQwG4L9lg

08/02/21

The school Key Worker provision is OPEN today.

03/02/21

It's our Wellbeing Wednesday message: We may be multi-tasking towards overload at the moment with our minds spinning through worries & anxieties. Have a look at the attached tips on using nature to refresh your wellbeing. https://t.co/rvwKp0tlo4 https://t.co/IzlUICgOXb

03/02/21

A talented Y7 art student responded to the work of artist Friedrich Hundertwasser, to transform some of Thanet's local buildings and landmarks into Hundertwasser inspired buildings and landscapes. His teacher says that she is thrilled with what he has created! https://t.co/tKgHclkhkn

28/01/21

Retweeted From National Online Safety

IT'S HERE! 📢 This say hello to our FREE mobile app for parents & educators 📱🤩 Be . Download the app today for instant information about the latest apps, games, devices & more. Apple: https://t.co/VNrn1suz6q Android: https://t.co/AjNNOyXLK6 https://t.co/kWDIx35CMn

28/01/21

The School is delighted to announce that it has gained accreditation for supporting online safety. Stakeholders are accessing and using the National Online Safety resources to keep the school community safe whilst online. https://t.co/lLCtU5tnfr

28/01/21

Year 9 Photography students were given a brief to respond to the work of photographer, Matt Ball, creating a series of symmetrical images using their own photographs as starting points. This capable student has gone above and beyond – excellent work! https://t.co/VJfCWEZVGX

27/01/21

Wellbeing Wednesday – We are looking at establishing a good daily routine to enrich wellbeing & build resilience. While some are going through self-isolation, a “normal routine” is not something we are able to maintain. See the attached tips. https://t.co/98qW13StXt

27/01/21

Retweeted From Karen Dawber

On this there are some great mini-activities on https://t.co/YXSq4kdYL3 which help with managing feelings, expressing yourself, healthy habits & connecting with others. Sign up for free & give them a try. https://t.co/kD84ihU1Vs

27/01/21

Retweeted From National Online Safety

We recently spoke to about tackling digital dangers and the importance of both educators and parents in harnessing tools to keep children safe online. You can read the full feature here >> https://t.co/jKWfh9KSbQ https://t.co/1svdOQDA4w

27/01/21

Well done to Carly (Y8) for volunteering at the COVID vaccination centre for Margate and Mocketts Wood PCN. She’s doing a wonderful job! https://t.co/7Lho8WzwfF

25/01/21

Retweeted From National Online Safety

It may come as no surprise to parents that children spent more time gaming online in 2020. With tweets related to the subject increasing by 75% over the last year, we’ve taken a look at the connotations in our blog feature >> https://t.co/VFvKec4eYo https://t.co/LgHxZx6Utk

25/01/21

The school is proud to announce that it is working towards its National Online Safety remote learning accreditation, to show the fantastic work taking place with online learning. https://t.co/YtM8pnG2E9

21/01/21

Year 8 & 9 HPV Immunisation Programme to go ahead at CDS on 1st/2nd February using a drive-thru clinic in the school car park. Keep an eye on emails for more info over the next week for time slots when children should attend. https://t.co/K1BDw3K9k0

20/01/21

Wellbeing Wednesday! Week 2 of the Mental Cleanse Challenge - We hope that you took up some of the tips last week to get your mental health cleanse started! https://t.co/oNEFfl2DNX https://t.co/gmCnPB0zvc Wishing everyone a safe & restful week. https://t.co/grlaaPzS0H

14/01/21

Welcome to your weekly wellbeing message: The Mental Cleanse Challenge! It’s time for a mental health cleanse! See the attached for tips on cleansing your mind. https://t.co/POwpE2E6YQ

12/01/21

Barton Court Academy Trust wants to recruit a new School Governor for the Local Governing Body of The Charles Dickens School. If this is something that may interest you, please read the attached flyer. https://t.co/dWwn9gvJSA

08/01/21

Retweeted From Karen Dawber

Thanks for including us on your support sheet. https://t.co/YXSq4kdYL3 is free and available for 10-16 year olds in via a mobile, laptop or tablet. Once signed in, have access to a range of support features, as well as our online counsellors https://t.co/SDJa5Wgv27

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

 

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