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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


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.


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).


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.



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.


This Wellbeing Wednesday, we are looking at how to cope with ‘worry’. How do you explain worry? - It is a caution signal, a natural response to a big event, change, or challenge, a way of thinking and feeling ahead: "Am I ready for this?How do I train my brain to stop worrying?



The Children’s Commissioner is encouraging our young people to complete her survey. She will be using what they say to inform what she says to politicians and decision makers. The survey is open for a few more weeks. .


Our wonderful Anti-Bullying team worked hard to promote Anti-Bullying week last week . They set up a stall for pupils to write a Random Act of Kindness card to give to other pupils/staff. There were many Acts of Kindness so well done to the Team!#cdsantibullying


CDS will be taking part in Disability History Month this year - The focus is childhood and youth. As well as sessions in tutor time, pupils will be able to create presentations/posters showing how things have improved for children and young people through history.


This year’s Black History Month theme our Sisters, brought about some amazing work and thought provoking work from our pupils that we are proud to showcase. Well done everyone who took part!#cdsblackhistorymonth


The rain held off for the majority of the Remembrance service held at the Broadstairs War Memorial on Remembrance Sunday this year. Our head pupils, Amelie and Teaghan, honoured the memorial by laying a wreath on behalf of the School.Lest we forget ....#cdsremembrance


The Charles Dickens School is the highest performing non-selective school in East Kent - see our Headteacher's press release attached for more details.


Year 7s went to RHA for a dodgeball tournament. CDS were in the final game against RHA and came out victorious winners after a sudden death catch! It was an amazing show of teamwork and dedication from both teams!#cdsdodgeball


Anti-bullying week is 13 to 17 November. The theme this year is “Make a Noise About Bullying”.Pupils will carry out Random Acts of Kindness and they will also be able to purchase anti-bullying bracelets for 10 pence, on sale in the Heart.#cdsantibullying


Y7 had a fire safety talk from Kent Fire and Rescue Service. They looked at the dangers and consequences of arson, as well as considering the ways that they can keep themselves safe in the community. Thank you to KFRS for coming in!#cdsY7


CDS pupils recently enjoyed a trip to the Houses of Parliament, in which they had the opportunity to visit the House of Commons and learn about the history of democracy and devolution in the UK. We can’t wait for the next Houses of Parliament trip!#CDSSociology


This Wellbeing Wednesday we are looking at techniques for ‘Writing for wellbeing’. Writing for wellbeing, also known as expressive writing or creative writing for therapeutic purposes ,is a simple and rewarding way to develop self-expression and make space for reflection.


A reminder that our senior prefect team are selling poppies and British Legion merchandise at both break time and lunchtime in the Heart. Pupils can purchase these items for a donation,Thank you for your support.#cdscharities


Ever feel like your voice isn’t heard as a young person? Vote in the Kent Youth County Council elections! KYCC is open to all young people aged 11 to 18 years. We have two candidates applying – Amie and Zoe. Read their policies below!#kycc


CDS have an opportunity for our Y7 pupils to take part in a 7-week workshop with the Emotional Wellbeing Team looking at ways to better manage worries and maintain our wellbeing. See the poster for information on signing up.


Combined Science

Examination Board: AQA

Course Title: GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy

Why should I study Science?

Every pupil is required to study science throughout Key Stage 4. Combined Science is a core subject that all students must take. Studying science will equip students with the skills and knowledge considered essential for Post-16 courses in the sciences, as well as providing many transferrable skills into many careers.

What will I learn?

You will study a range of topics in all of the sciences over 3 years.

  • Biology includes work on cells and organisation, infections, variation, evolution and inheritance.
  • Chemistry includes atomic structure and bonding, energy changes and organic chemistry.
  • Physics includes energy, electricity, matter, forces, waves and magnetism.

What will be expected of me?

You will be expected to actively participate in practical work, group discussions and research. You will need to learn many key scientific terms and make reference to them when answering questions. An inquisitive mind and attention to detail are good scientific qualities. You will need to be thorough in your investigative work and have an active mind to provide detailed explanations of concepts.

What skills will I develop?

You will develop research skills, listening skills and analytical skills. You will become confident in carrying out investigative work and accurately recording and presenting your findings. You will learn to work as part of a group and to consider the views and opinions of other students. You will be able to present an informed view of topical scientific issues and develop the ability to view the issues from both sides before coming to a conclusion. You will need to analyse scientific data and explain this linking to current scientific theory.

How will I be assessed?

Over the course of two years you will expected to complete seven required practicals in your biology, chemistry and physics lessons. Your knowledge, skills and understanding of these practicals will be assessed in your written examination papers. Students will sit six examination papers at the end of Year 11, two in biology, two in chemistry and two in physics. The length of each examination paper is 1 hour 15 minutes. With questions being a mixture of multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response.

Where will this qualification lead me?

Students completing the course will receive 2 GCSEs in Combined Science. You will be able to undertake further study at A-Level and continue onto university or employment. The skills acquired in science apply to many careers including engineering, life sciences, forensic investigation, biomedical research and veterinary sciences.