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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

06/01/21

Welcome to your first Wellbeing Wednesday message for 2021! With everything going on in the world today the wellbeing of everyone is being challenged on a day-to-day basis. See the attached info sheet for great tips on coping with this lockdown. https://t.co/mT1Tyo1ilT

06/01/21

Retweeted From National Online Safety

Modern classic?👍 Or unplayable?👎 This , jack into the file on the long-awaited Cyberpunk 2077. The free guide provides tips for parents & carers to ensure your kids are playing safe! Apple: https://t.co/xrjXVyKaMU Android: https://t.co/lH0MJ2qruO https://t.co/pU4VY2VO9p

06/01/21

Retweeted From Kooth plc

If you're worried about your child during the pandemic, take a look at this brilliant article by for . We're glad some our data and research was used to highlight and address what we can all do to support children's https://t.co/igA2DMdmsg

10/12/20

Well done to all Y7 & 8 (and some Y9) students for competing in the virtual Kent School Games. Congratulations to Sophie who finished in 1st place in “Thanet for Girls Cross Country” and Isabelle who finished in 3rd place for the “Year 7 Girls Cross Country”. https://t.co/ZLmr6dNl5I

09/12/20

Wellbeing Wednesday! Friendships. Check out the wellbeing attachments for inspiration and click on this link to see what makes a good friend https://t.co/e2RkLcTZue We all love the film Toy story! https://t.co/WZ0RAE0aPW https://t.co/2hgQ7GobJN

09/12/20

Retweeted From National Online Safety

It’s almost Christmas... 🎅🏻 With so many new devices and games emerging, the handy search tool on our app can help you stay throughout the festive holidays. Download it now! Apple: https://t.co/HAags8G704 Android: https://t.co/k4aCqsDt24 https://t.co/XvjgqFU5eG

09/12/20

Retweeted From National Online Safety

"We get locked down and we get up again"🎵🎄 This we're taking a look back at a rollercoaster of a year! Lift your spirits with our extremely catchy 2020 Christmas jingle with the ever-amazing MusicAlternative 👇 https://t.co/ES6awLGv6t

26/11/20

Retweeted From National Online Safety

You may have heard that we’ve released our FREE mobile app today, which gives you a world of at your fingertips! 📢 In our latest blog feature, you can find out much more about the app and all the benefits it provides! >> https://t.co/FjC40wb8fL https://t.co/Ns9s8llAsn

25/11/20

FREE EVENT! Does your family know its TikTok from its Twitter? Its Deliveroo from its Discord? And its Bieber from its Baby Shark? See the attached information sheet. REGISTER FREE HERE https://t.co/JGwNVWsR2q https://t.co/SRRCTeIJct

25/11/20

Wellbeing Wednesday: Think Positive! Everyone, no matter how positive they are, can and will have better days than others. “With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts” Michael Jordan, American basketball player https://t.co/hFehYkFAdn

18/11/20

Welcome to Wellbeing Wednesday – This week is Anti-Bullying week so we are focusing on how an act of kindness can have many benefits. Acts of kindness affect the person on the receiving end and also improves our own wellbeing! https://t.co/hetK29a6Eo

18/11/20

Children in Need Fundraising Update – Thanks to everyone who supported CDS in our fundraising efforts on Friday for Children in Need. We raised a whopping £870.93 for this amazing charity. Well done everyone! https://t.co/G1p8PtYI1l

12/11/20

Reminder: Tomorrow, Friday 13th November, CDS are supporting Children in Need with a non-uniform day for students. Students should bring £1 in if they are wearing non-uniform. Items are on sale throughout the day to raise funds for this charity. https://t.co/x7jgcQ5Gv7

11/11/20

Welcome to Wellbeing Wednesday! We are all readjusting to the changes of being in lockdown again & thinking about how we can continue to understand what builds our personal wellbeing. Small actions build a positive over time. (see attached) https://t.co/5T7bGEdkWN

10/11/20

On Friday we will be supporting Children in Need with a non-school uniform day. Students are asked to bring in £1 to wear non-uniform. Pins and wrist bands will also be on sale during the day. Thanks for your support! https://t.co/nXV9vJD7La https://t.co/Hiuqjex5Pl

10/11/20

Art – A Year 9 CDS art student grabbed a winning position in the Sainsbury’s Art competition this year. Well done Jessica! https://t.co/nVUC2TAeoM

04/11/20

Welcome to your weekly Wellbeing Wednesday message - This week students are looking at the benefits of getting a good night’s sleep. See the attached sleep guidance sheet. https://t.co/IPXmaF5C33 https://t.co/FkECgQ6iOP https://t.co/ixXmpmzLT6

04/11/20

Retweeted From Kent County Council

And have a look at https://t.co/vOEy547k6s for support across Kent and Medway plus of course follow https://t.co/PJHh90saJc

04/11/20

Tweet 4 of 4: During the spring/summer lockdown students, staff and parents were asked if they would produce a piece of artwork that documented their experience of lockdown. Here are some of the fantastic entries we received. https://t.co/rhpJanTcVc

04/11/20

Tweet 3 of 4: During the spring/summer lockdown students, staff and parents were asked if they would produce a piece of artwork that documented their experience of lockdown. Here are some of the fantastic entries we received. https://t.co/u61ykhq4N9

04/11/20

Tweet 2 of 4: During the spring/summer lockdown students, staff and parents were asked if they would produce a piece of artwork that documented their experience of lockdown. Here are some of the fantastic entries we received. https://t.co/A5dYCPtHiS

04/11/20

Tweet 1 of 4: During the spring/summer lockdown students, staff and parents were asked if they would produce a piece of artwork that documented their experience of lockdown. Here are some of the fantastic entries we received. https://t.co/Zm6Nc8w0L1

28/10/20

Kent County Council has announced vouchers for food are available during half-term for families whose children are eligible for benefits related free school meals, so that no Kent child goes hungry. Please see the attached for more. https://t.co/Q6qJCPd8jK

14/10/20

Art – Year 8 students have been studying the “Day of the Dead”, a Mexican holiday celebrated when family and friends gather and pray for, and remember their friends and family members who have died. https://t.co/RQYMupXi95

14/10/20

Photography - Year 9 had great fun making and experimenting with their camera obscura’s - Using a shoe box, magnify glass and tracing paper, students created their own dark room and were able to see the up-side-down version of the image in front of them. https://t.co/QdZ7ItYaxS

14/10/20

Wellbeing Wednesday! This week students are looking at how to help themselves if they have problems or worries. https://t.co/NjHfDL87Ph https://t.co/6sv1FyuV6M

07/10/20

Welcome to Wellbeing Wednesday! This Saturday, 10th October, is World Mental Health Day and the theme this year is “mental health for all”. https://t.co/URXBn79F8e

07/10/20

Retweeted From National Online Safety

“Alexa, What do I need to know about you?”💬 It’s our turn to help! This week’s focus is on Amazon Alexa. From insecure devices to privacy concerns, our guide has all you need to ensure your kids use Alexa safely. Download >> https://t.co/kUzcTtl7hx https://t.co/7vJQJgWKw2

24/09/20

On Wellbeing Wednesday students looked at Digital Detox. A period of time during which a person refrains from using electronic devices. Regarded as an opportunity to reduce stress or focus on social interaction in the physical world. https://t.co/Qm5gx6MUSE

17/09/20

H&C room - Completion! Thanks to the generous grant from The Savoy Educational Trust, the H&C room is now complete. Look at these photographs of the space our students now have – up to date, modern work stations fit for any budding chef to create and learn in. https://t.co/jOv3j1NuOr

16/09/20

Wellbeing Wednesday - students are looking self-care: taking action to preserve or improve one’s own health; taking an active role in protecting one’s own wellbeing and happiness, in particular during periods of stress. https://t.co/gKaPCjeIUr

21/08/20

Hospitality & Catering refurbishment update - The work benches are going in and soon we will have fully functional and individual kitchen work stations for students to work at! https://t.co/2LOaYnKXFJ

18/08/20

H&C Room Refurbishment - Work has continued over the last 3 weeks with the partition wall being erected and lots of behind the scenes work in terms of piping and electrics. The walls are clad in UPVC and the school logo is up! https://t.co/vLMFXnbAsk

24/07/20

H&C Refurbishment – Following our earlier post, and thanks to the grant from The Savoy Educational Trust, work continues through the summer break on the refurbishment of the Hospitality & Catering Room. The builders have arrived on site and work commences! https://t.co/sqin6NYDxS

14/07/20

H&C Refurb - We are delighted to announce that we have been successful in achieving a significant grant from The Savoy Educational Trust in order to enhance the facilities and encourage more students into the Hospitality Industry. Follow the refurb journey here. https://t.co/VrQ9eYoiKH

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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