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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.


Hospitality & Catering

Examination Board: EDUQAS  WJEC

Course Title: Award in Hospitality and Catering Level 2

Why should I choose to study Hospitality and Catering?

This course is designed for students who have a keen interest in food preparation in a commercial catering environment. The course is practical in part with 60% of the qualification completed through Controlled Assessment and 40% via formal examination. It is a very rewarding subject area with extra-curricular elements, industry guests, project based work and real life catering opportunities, such as the Arts Festival.

What will I learn?

You will learn a range of skills linked to the food hospitality and catering industry. You will gain a broad understanding of commercial food production, food provenance and an understanding of legal responsibilities when preparing food for sale to the public. You will learn about issues related to nutrition and food safety and how they can affect successful catering and hospitality operations. You will also learn successful meal planning, time management, problem-solving and communication skills.

What will be expected of me?

You will be expected to make a range of food products following set criteria. You will be expected to complete 2 units that involve both practical and heavy theory elements, including some homework. Lessons will be a mixture of theoretical information, technical skills development and experience of hospitality and catering processes and workflows.

What skills will I develop?

You will gain a broad range of catering skills related to commercial food preparation, including food hygiene, food presentation and production in quantity. You will develop catering and hospitality industry skills by upscaling dish portions, presentation of dishes and meeting the needs of others through diets and religion.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed across 2 units - The Hospitality and Catering Industry (40%) and Hospitality and Catering in Action (60%). These are both internally and externally assessed. You will be given learning outcomes to complete for each assessed unit.

Where will this qualification lead me? 

Successful completion of the course can lead to further study of related Level 3 vocational qualifications such as WJEC Level 3 Food, Science and Nutrition, NVQ Diploma in Advanced Professional Cookery, Advanced Diploma in Food Preparation and Cookery Supervision. This qualification would be a great help for a career and/or apprenticeship within the hospitality and catering trade, working in either front or back of house roles.