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06/02/23

This week is Children’s Mental Health Week with a focus on “Let’s Connect”. Pupils can come along to our stall in the Heart to see what organisations offer. For more information: About - Children's Mental Health Week (https://t.co/huHqfmYu72) https://t.co/dl0oY18wnz

06/02/23

We welcomed Chef Kenny Marsh to our KS4 Hospitality club to run a masterclass in making fresh gnocchi and homemade pesto. It was a brilliant skills session learning the art of rolling gnocchi, boiling and pan frying it and then drizzling with homemade pesto! https://t.co/L6GsOvcnfC

02/02/23

Y8 and 10 sports pupils went to the Thanet Schools Handball Competition. The Year 10 team lost 3 games - but all only by one goal! The Year 8 team came 2nd, only losing on a goal difference of 1! Well done to all, a great start with this new sport. https://t.co/kDVMO2ujCO

01/02/23

Welcome to your weekly Wellbeing Wednesday message. This week we are looking at how stress can affect the teenage brain. https://t.co/uarXeEM9gy

30/01/23

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30/01/23

If your child missed their cancer prevention HPV vaccination when the NHS Team visited you can book an appointment at a community clinic via the link below: https://t.co/XwHMG6sDKd Kchftimmsteam

27/01/23

H&C Club - Boning a chicken leg, stuffing it and rolling it! Poaching the ballotine and making a mushroom cream reduced sauce. Plating up with duchess potatoes, roasted peppers and chargrilled courgettes. Thank you Victoria and Eve for running this session. https://t.co/U8XjsJEzZG

25/01/23

It’s Wellbeing Wednesday - A well balanced diet can improve your mood, energy levels and overall mental health and wellbeing. We all need a mixture of fibre, proteins, fats and vitamins and minerals to achieve this. https://t.co/KUVYlB0bDo https://t.co/ftmDEpmMSx

25/01/23

CDS Sports Leaders represented the school in a leadership capacity at a local primary school sports festival at Ramsgate Leisure Centre. The group worked with children showing their enthusiasm for the leisure industry and coaching. Well done to all who took part! https://t.co/UvVeyXC75p

20/01/23

Year 10 textile students have been working on a project based on their identity. For inspiration they looked into the work of Edo Morales, Darren Ball and Oliver Bliss to gather ideas for techniques and processes to use within their own work. https://t.co/4vZsG4QlHM

18/01/23

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18/01/23

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18/01/23

Love is in the air! Hospitality pupils have been creating valentine themed cheesecakes – We think you will agree that they look amazing! Well done! https://t.co/JYRpN8KHeQ

18/01/23

This Wellbeing Wednesday we are looking at ways we can relax to improve wellbeing/mental health. You may enjoy these links for help in relaxing. https://t.co/4pMORDrazX https://t.co/SQ5t1krOss https://t.co/DLIoUx05uB

18/01/23

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11/01/23

It's Wellbeing Wednesday and this week we are looking at sensehacking - Sensehacking is set to be a big wellbeing trend for 2023 and highlights the crucial role that senses play in our everyday lives. https://t.co/21qIx2ClGx

11/01/23

What fun at Y10 Hospitality Club! Thea Barrett from came into school and led a “Mocktails Masterclass”. They muddled, layered, blended and shook! What a great session! results of the mocktail making can be seen in our photographs. https://t.co/DRAYvd1Z3U

11/01/23

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11/01/23

Retweeted From National Online Safety

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10/01/23

During Disability History Month 16 November to 16 December students took part in a project creating posters or presentations showcasing the history of the disability rights campaign, and contributions those with disabilities have made to our world. https://t.co/LjOocwiPD8

04/01/23

At CDS we celebrate the amazing work our VI pupils do in school, and it’s World Braille Day today! Watch this video to see why today is so important to celebrate. What is Braille? | World Braille Day 2020 | Newsround - YouTube https://t.co/Q2rQ4dIHfz https://t.co/O3BEfiXjtt

04/01/23

To celebrate World Braille Day, Mrs Pluckrose is running a competition: Pupils should create their name in Braille in the most creative way (from apples to lego bricks) and hand in by Mon 23 Jan (or photos). There will be prizes for the winners! https://t.co/Rkav7IBfMH

04/01/23

New Year can signal a time for change, and a sense of ‘starting afresh’. While this can bring a sense of inspiration and motivation, there can be pressure from the media, society, or others, to come up with a range of goal-setting resolutions. https://t.co/dNWDXrgC4o

04/01/23

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03/01/23

Every term pupils are set an optional “Take it Further” challenge in history. They are encouraged to select a topic to research and produce a poster, report, model or timeline. We are impressed by the standard of work which we would like to share with you. https://t.co/M3eVNZ7Xo4

16/12/22

This year’s Christmas charity is The Gap Project - A one-stop shop that provides food, support and advice over the festive period for those in need. Everyone has been generous with their donations to support the work of this local charity. We are extremely proud. https://t.co/Z9oIqMSSeN

15/12/22

Working in the style of local artist Clare Youngs, Year 8 pupils created a number of beautiful patterned papers before collaging these into endangered animals. They then considered how these collaged animals could be used on a poster – great work Year 8! https://t.co/mKC6ZHgBJ5

15/12/22

Hospitality students in Years 9 & 10 have been busy with their festive projects. Traditional Christmas cakes baked, covered with marzipan and iced and decorated by Y9. Gingerbread houses made from scratch and decorated to within an inch of their lives by Y10! An amazing display. https://t.co/Hcv52wxXsi

14/12/22

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14/12/22

Retweeted From National Online Safety

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14/12/22

We are delighted to confirm that two excellent Year 9 pupils, have both won the recent Kent Youth County Council elections. Both students have worked extremely hard on their campaigns. Huge congratulations from everyone at The Charles Dickens School! https://t.co/jlsCZXHe8y

14/12/22

This Wellbeing Wednesday we are looking at why Christmas is good for mental health? Festivities highlight things we are grateful for, and this gratitude can increase our sense of wellbeing. Mental health support services: https://t.co/OhcG8vhsn6 NHS (https://t.co/o7vmFIVu8l) https://t.co/YY2RKgjqf2

12/12/22

School is open as normal today! https://t.co/qZWbchDWeb

07/12/22

It’s Wellbeing Wednesday and we are looking at the Pomodoro technique for effective time management. That is...thinking in tomatoes rather than hours! People swear by the life-changing power of the Pomodoro technique and here are some tips! https://t.co/ldoiSzuIFq

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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