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23/06/22

Today we said farewell to our Year 11s who have worked tirelessly through their GCSE exams. A final assembly, brought tears and laughter looking back over their 5 years at CDS. We wish them all well in their next adventure! https://t.co/dcHVfTOhWh

22/06/22

Wellbeing Wednesday! Last week we endured some very hot weather which for some of us was warmly received but for others, very uncomfortable. Attached are some top tips for staying cool in the hot weather. https://t.co/N8NF28pSD5

21/06/22

CDS is proud to host the Arts Festival this year celebrating the multiple talents of our fabulous students, showcasing all things creative! Families of current & Y6 students, are invited and we look forward to seeing you on 30 June between 5-7pm. https://t.co/Ppb7KCRzZ1

20/06/22

A VI student embarked on his effective communication unit, part of his AQA award scheme, using his brailling skills to raise money for TAG Pet Rescue making staff name tags. He raised a whopping £175! A representative came to thank him for all his hard work. https://t.co/XmlFPqMptL

17/06/22

Navy Chefs came into school to work with H&C classes this week, briefing them on careers in the Catering arm of the Navy, and showing some amazing pictures of cooking around the world. Can learning be fun? - ‘absolutely, yes!’ – the kids had a blast! … https://t.co/tDUudYBPEZ

17/06/22

Retweeted From Kent Police Thanet

A dispersal order has been put in place in town centre this afternoon, giving police additional powers to move on anyone causing a nuisance and, if necessary, arrest those who return to the area once dispersed.

16/06/22

Y7 & 8 students continue to compete in the school’s Knowledge Organiser quizzes. Quick fire questions, on the buzzer, have challenged the recall of all of their knowledge. Here are some of the top placed Year 7 students with their certificates of award. https://t.co/0y2zDogwRr

16/06/22

Retweeted From National Online Safety

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16/06/22

CDS students have now successfully completed their DofE assessed Bronze expedition, completing all of the evidence needed for their bronze award. Well done to all involved and a massive thank you to all staff who supported the expedition! https://t.co/ee4ELegsAV

15/06/22

Wellbeing Wednesday! How does feeling guilty affect our wellbeing? Mindfulness can help us to accept our feelings and begin self-forgiveness. It can help you understand your emotions. https://t.co/4aQgqq8HXF https://t.co/fYEFdz2SRk https://t.co/g4jfAvy7hn

14/06/22

Y10 art students took part in the English Heritage Art exhibition at Walmer Castle this year. Their work was inspired by their visits to the grounds and gardens of the Castle was displayed over the weekend as part of their Blooming gardens Event. Well done! https://t.co/HCCCmR0a8v

14/06/22

Retweeted From Department for Education

Last summer, our Holiday Activities and Food clubs helped over 600,000 children to keep active, learn new things and enjoy healthy meals. It’s great that supermarkets and sports organisations will also help disadvantaged children during the summer holidays this year. https://t.co/fQ3TG6xOqF

14/06/22

Well done to all of our DofE students with their volunteering efforts! We are proud of all of you! https://t.co/R6z6j9fNGa

08/06/22

Wellbeing Wednesday - It's International Bike Week! Top 5 reasons to get cycling: It gets you out in the open Aerobic exercise reduces anxiety You can ride a bike socially It's a proven stress reliever It's easy to fit into your daily life https://t.co/sA9OXRqodt

27/05/22

Wishing you all a great May half term! Enjoy the break and the Queen's Jubilee long weekend and celebrations. Students return on Monday 6 June. https://t.co/5gjCZflB6I

26/05/22

CDS pupils took part in the Kent School Games virtual indoor rowing competition and the results are in! CDS finished in the following positions: Year 8 Boys – 2nd Place Year 8 Girls – 1st Place Year 9 Boys – 4th Place Year 9 Girls – 3rd Place Year 10 Boys – 4thPlace https://t.co/JIq0ANgZV5

25/05/22

Wellbeing Wednesday: This week as the Queen's Platinum Jubilee weekend approaches, and her 70 years of service recognised, we are looking at the secret to a long and healthy life and how to maintain healthy habits! https://t.co/o3FjZ938ia

25/05/22

A student from our Visually Impaired Unit has completed a mini project on Japan for his Unit Award Scheme – He had to produce a mini fact sheet which contained lots of interesting facts about Japan. The sushi and cookies went down well with all the staff in the VI unit! https://t.co/El3NARaijN

25/05/22

A selection of Y10 students visited Kent University, where they looked at the question of whether humans can live forever, from scientific and humanitarian perspectives. There were some fantastic presentations, and some thoughtful ideas on the topic. https://t.co/6sLEoAwlea

23/05/22

Y7 History have been learning about the Atlantic Slave Trade and were set homework to identify and carry out a small piece of research on an instance of slavery throughout history. It was their choice how to present the work - in a paragraph, a poster, or as a cake!!! https://t.co/Pl1MqKwwp6

18/05/22

Wellbeing Wednesday: This week we are looking at how meditation improves wellbeing. Meditation produces a deep state of relaxation and a tranquil mind. Links to meditation: https://t.co/4aQgqq8HXF https://t.co/H6dJOHM94f... https://t.co/53TnaW4WUd https://t.co/Sxe8AVJqJC

18/05/22

Retweeted From National Online Safety

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18/05/22

Please see the attached for important dates for our Year 6 into 7 parents & carers, for September 2022 Admissions. https://t.co/obV2NNOh1P

18/05/22

Year 9 and 10 Drama students went to The Orchard Theatre in Dartford to watch The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. A teenage boy’s journey following the murder of his neighbour’s dog, Wellington, which turns his world upside down! https://t.co/JbyDlT1eoA

16/05/22

Y10 Maximising Success: Students took part in a workshop with The Life Skills Company to help improve their study and revision skills and techniques, practising some key tools for revision and recall. https://t.co/NQlv8TxOMj

13/05/22

The School’s Emotional Wellbeing Team delivered an “Understanding Your Own Mental Health” workshop to a group of year 10s. The workshop explored what mental health is and considered what mental health means to the students. https://t.co/BWBoUfjxz5

13/05/22

Duke of Edinburgh Award - CDS took pupils on a practice expedition for their Bronze Award. As a joint expedition with BCGS , the groups went to Ross Wood camp site. The next expedition is in June, when they will be under assessment for their Bronze Award - Good luck! https://t.co/pisFlO1kPv

11/05/22

Our Wellbeing Wednesday this week is focused on Mental Health Awareness Week which focuses on loneliness this year. What is the real meaning of loneliness? Loneliness is the state of being alone and feeling sad about it. https://t.co/KEY1R9o6Ep

09/05/22

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09/05/22

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week. We may all feel lonely at times. Millions of us hide feelings of loneliness. By coming together we can tackle loneliness and help prevent mental health problems. https://t.co/regUGzb8tu

05/05/22

CDS are looking to appoint a Director of Science. Please click the link below if you are interested or you know someone who might want to work at our amazing school. https://t.co/ellTDeCidh https://t.co/DyycCFdsWP

05/05/22

BCAT are looking to appoint a Specialist Science Teacher. Please click the link below if you are interested or you know someone who might want to work at our amazing school. https://t.co/mFDbXir32v https://t.co/wZUsq4OQ1I

05/05/22

Retweeted From Turner Contemporary

There's now only one week to go to enter this year's Portfolio art competition! Make sure you get your entry in to us by next Wednesday 11th May. Your artwork could end up on our walls as part of an exhibition this Summer! Find out more and enter here: https://t.co/W2W1VwFedz https://t.co/us3dKwjX2S

05/05/22

Retweeted From Karen (she/her)

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05/05/22

CDS are looking to appoint Teaching Assistants – Fixed Term Contracts (multiple roles available). Please click the link below if you are interested or you know someone who might want to work at our amazing school. https://t.co/QSen9vZWFn https://t.co/5ckzzuXY5J

04/05/22

CDS are looking to recruit a Cover Supervisor. Please click the link below if you are interested or you know someone who might want to work at our amazing school. https://t.co/kbytR64TEn https://t.co/YHztBHqymJ

04/05/22

Have you ever felt like you can't keep up with your daily tasks and deadlines, leaving you little or no time for rest? Rest is a fundamental part of success, health, and happiness. Attached is information as to why it's so important! https://t.co/r2ld8mwmzI

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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