Twitter @tcdskent




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.



Examination Board: Edexcel

Course Title:  GCSE History

Why should I choose to study History?

Students who study history are fearless explorers of the past. You will have the chance to investigate a variety of key events and periods in history. You will learn about many different aspects of history including military, social, political, ideological and economical. You will find out about moments which changed the course of history and about individuals who made their mark on historical periods. Students look at how things have developed over time and connect the dots to understand how we got where we are today. In history we study lots of different sources in order to piece together the events which are often the result of complex and multiple factors. Whilst going through this process you will be challenged to develop a variety of higher order skills which will enhance your ability to understand and evaluate the topics studied.

What will I learn?

Medicine and Health in Britain c1250-present day – Medicine in medieval England and the Renaissance,  medicine in C18th and C19th Britain, medicine in modern Britain, the British sector of the western front medical treatment, injuries and trenches; Early Elizabethan England – Queen, government and religion, challenges to Elizabeth’s rule, the Age of Exploration; Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918-1939; The Weimar Republic, Hitler’s rise to power, Nazi control and dictatorship, life in Nazi Germany; Superpower Relations and the Cold War 1941-1991 – the origins of the Cold War, the Cold War crises, Détente and the end of the Cold War.

What will be expected of me?

You will be expected to actively participate in paired, group and whole class activities. You will need to learn a range of historical key concepts, issues and themes alongside specialist vocabulary, key names, events and dates. You will be expected to think critically about historical sources and put together developed arguments related to their reliability and usefulness. You will be expected to analyse and evaluate the importance of different historical events and periods. You will be expected to have a passion for history and work to the best of your ability at all times.

What skills will I develop?          

History teaches us to answer very important questions: why things happen, how things happen and the impact of what happens. This is key to sharpening your critical thinking abilities, which combine the following skills: analysis, evaluation, extended writing, communication, problem solving, and argumentation.

How will I be assessed?

Paper 1: Thematic study: Medicine in Britain c1250-present day (30% of the GCSE)

Paper 2: Period and depth study: The Cold War and Elizabethan England (40% of the GCSE)

Paper 3: Modern depth study: Weimar and Nazi Germany (30% of the GCSE);

Where will this qualification lead me? 

Students with a GCSE in history will be able to undertake further study at A-Level and continue into University or employment.  You will be primed for a huge range of careers in history and beyond. Areas you could go into include: law, politics, public sector, business, marketing, journalism, economics, teaching, social research, archaeology and museum work.