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21/02/24

It’s Wellbeing Wednesday! - How do we teach ourselves to receive love? To be loved and nurtured by others is a basic human need. It is one of the main experiences in life that helps us grow into the best versions of ourselves. pic.twitter.com/fniwl4cp4Y

09/02/24

Attached is some information about FREE wellbeing activities that are taking place over February half term for young people aged 13-17 years in Thanet.More information about the programme can be found at https://t.co/QOKpbIgBlb via Instagram at . pic.twitter.com/mf3fmDmSPH

09/02/24

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06/02/24

9x1, 10x1 & 10x2 mathematics pupils entered into the UKMT Maths Challenge. This was an online challenge, testing logical abilities and problem solving skills. A big shout out to all who took part, we are very proud. Now to wait for the results!https://t.co/1RZtxaEPiH#cdsmaths pic.twitter.com/Z2Pt7DUjyD

02/02/24

This week’s Hospitality Skills Club saw pupils mastering the art of sushi making!Some great results and many headed off home with the intention of making more.#cdshospitality pic.twitter.com/567uzi6zQu

02/02/24

Y7 and 8 pupils worked with staff from Margate Turner Contemporary to create a range of abstract sculptures.Under the theme ‘Adapt’, pupils were challenged to create group sculptures but without talking to each other! How did they know what they were making?#cdsvisualarts pic.twitter.com/NAuIO7GhHr

05/01/24

We are delighted to announce that we have been successful in electing 2 candidates for Kent Youth County Council. Amie in Year 9 and Zoe in Year 10. They will join Jasmine, who joined KYCC last year. The students will work with KYCC on their policies. pic.twitter.com/A0iAPuAK51

14/12/23

Cultural capital days this year included a Y7 trip to see Aladdin at the Marlowe Theatre, Y8s taking part in Food Champions/Society Makers and Y9s on the Canterbury Trail. Y10 pupils visited the Natural History Museum and Y11 took part in activities relating to Post 16. pic.twitter.com/tpBE6MQYtr

14/12/23

Pupils from all year groups came together to perform dance, drama and music to family and friends.There was a range of performances including the school choir, dance club, drama club, and GCSE pieces.Thank you to everyone for their support.#cdsperformingarts pic.twitter.com/EshdcZkjHK

13/12/23

There’s a lot of pressure at this time of year to feel happy because everyone else is. Christmas looks different for everyone and you should spend it in a way that makes you feel as relaxed as possible and helps you look after your mental health.#cdswellbeing pic.twitter.com/WJJtkzUVrr

12/12/23

Thank you and well done to everyone who has taken part in our CDS Christmas Food Bank Appeal. You have helped to provide 286 meals! Congratulations! pic.twitter.com/Hvbzhhptwt

11/12/23

Well done to our CDS community on the Christmas food bank collection to go to FareShare Kent. Thanks to everyone who donated this year, we appreciate your contributions.#cdscharity pic.twitter.com/50qgzvlXdL

08/12/23

We had some great entries for our Christmas card competition and somehow managed to whittle it down to just two! The winning card has been made into a CDS Christmas card. Well done to all entrants. The top two, each received a certificate and prize.#cdschristmas pic.twitter.com/ePSUFWQwTv

06/12/23

Barton Court Academy Trust are recruiting an Attendance Administrative Assistant for CDS (term time only + 5 SDD). If you, or someone you know, feel you have the skills and knowledge to fulfil this role, please see the vacancy in full here:https://t.co/GNvXCKliZo pic.twitter.com/5JltrYKSnM

05/12/23

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04/12/23

Year 11 Hospitality pupils have been trying their hands at truffle making to get into the Christmas spirit – they were a lot harder to produce than expected. Don’t they look incredible! Well done!#cdshospitality pic.twitter.com/LhJ2UoH6nT

04/12/23

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29/11/23

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28/11/23

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27/11/23

One of our VI pupils has been practising his braille and how to structure a letter with paragraphs.He used his skills to write to Tottenham Hotspur and received this response ! What a lovely letter to get back.#cdsvi pic.twitter.com/Tqa3zvf4FE

24/11/23

Sustrans were in school for the second session with our Pupil Voice team last week. We looked at with an Engineer, and suggested ways that we can improve the roads to make them safety and user friendly for cyclists, and pedestrians. pic.twitter.com/GTssfxhrpJ

23/11/23

Our VI pupils have been raising money for two charities close to their hearts – Porchlight (the School’s chosen charity) and Great Ormond Street Hospital.Our leading girls took on a sponsored walk raising a staggering £222.00 (£111.00 for each charity). pic.twitter.com/8ZcZeZeGMy

23/11/23

Please see attached a poster advertising an upcoming Under 18’s disco for Year 9 upwards (ages 13-17) at Retort House, Broadstairs. Broadstairs and St Peters Town Council are really keen to promote Retort House as a welcoming, safe environment for young people in the town. pic.twitter.com/fDppjcE9aD

23/11/23

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23/11/23

Congratulations to our Term 1 Take it Further task competition winners! Pupils submitted a range of fantastic work The quality of work was very impressive and well done to these pupils for pushing their learning the extra mile. pic.twitter.com/Jjcpbe1arB

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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