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Kooth are running virtual parent support sessions on Monday 22 April at 1pm and again on Thursday 25 April at 6pm and each will last for 45 minutes. You can sign up using the link below.


Our Year 9 and 10 dancers took part in a workshop with Portia Oti of Zoonation Dance Company. They learnt professional repertoire from Kate Prince’s ‘Message in a Bottle’ and developed it with their own transitions. Everyone worked hard but had a great time!#cdscapa


Pupils visited Canterbury Cathedral and attended a workshop in the archives followed by a guided tour of the Cathedral. Pupils in our photograph are looking at the St Lawrence parish records from the 1700s.#cdshistory



Welcome to our weekly Wellbeing message!This week we are looking at how setting goals can support wellbeing.#cdswellbeing




CDS is looking to appoint an Assistant Head of Year (term time only plus 2 staff development days). If you, or someone you know, have the knowledge and skills to fulfil this role, please follow the link below to the full advertisement.


The final Hospitality skills workshop in T4 focused on high level fish skills under the guidance of our very own fish expert, and Leith's trained chef, Ms Grossmith. Pupils filleted, skinned and pan fried flat fish and then dressed it with some beurre noisette.


Our Pupil Voice team went to Broadstairs and St Peter’s Town Council to observe their Environment Committee meeting. It was a great chance for the Team to see local democracy in action and have the chance to learn more about the work of committees within the Town Council.


On Sunday the clocks go forward! As the weather becomes a little warmer, this gives us a pleasant feeling that summer isn’t too far away. There are lots of ways the extra daylight will improve our wellbeing and encourage that feel good chemical in our brain.


Pupils took 2 days off timetable for Cultural Capital. They took part in an exciting variety of activities from the wizarding world of Harry Potter, to chocolate piping, trips to Rochester and Chatham Dockyards, debate skills, West Side Story projects and dance masterclasses!



Y10 Mathematicians went to Canterbury Academy to take part in a problem solving day. There were 16 teams competing and our team did very well coming 4th, and 5th overall, coming 2nd in the most challenging round, and going on to win the best teamwork prize.#cdsy10



Y7 pupils were rewarded for their excellent attainment, attendance and behaviour this week and the top 100 were taken to the newly refurbished Elev8 in Westwood Cross. Pupils had a fantastic time at this energised venue. Well done to all who were eligible for the trip!





Y11 HSC pupils enjoyed a trip to the Canterbury Christ Church University Health and Social Care Simulation Suite. They were thought provoked and inspired by many interesting and engaging activities linked to higher education and future careers in the NHS and Social Care.


Y9 HSC pupils enjoyed workshops provided by the Canterbury Christ Church University Health and Social Care Outreach and Engagement Team. They took part in lots of activities. A very interesting and engaging session, enjoyed by all who took part.#cdsy9


is a crusade to drive change showing that football can, and should, be played by girls. You may have heard about it in the news a few days ago. This year’s event coincided with International Women’s Day, and we took Year 10 pupils to the event hosted at Ramsgate FC


Y8 pupils took part in a dodgeball tournament in Folkestone playing different schools from all over Kent.Pupils worked extremely hard and played brilliantly, showing great teamwork and commitment. CDS played 9 games and finished the tournament undefeated! Well done!


CMK Connect Programme is an opportunity for you to get active, take time for self-care, make new connections, learn new skills, develop positive habits, build confidence, and boost your overall wellbeing.More information can be found at their website


Any Year 9 girls interested in Engineering? This Summer School opportunity is fantastic!Sign yourself up!

KS4 Options

The Charles Dickens School’s Key Stage 4 curriculum consists of the following subjects, and aims to ensure that students have a breadth of both academic and technical courses at KS4.

Core Subjects

  • English (Language and Literature)
  • Mathematics
  • Combined Science
  • Physical Education (non-examined)
  • RE/PSHEE/Citizenship (taught through Enrichment Days)





Curriculum Options (3 Choices)

Art. Craft and Design

Business Enterprise Studies

Child Development

Information Technology

Engineering Design


Health & Social Care

Hospitality & Catering

Music/Music Technology

Performing Arts: Dance

Performing Arts: Drama


Religious Education



Textiles Design

Travel & Tourism

The examination board has been chosen by each Curriculum Leader to give the students the best possible chance of accessing the highest grades and making good progress. All examination boards used have equal weighting and all provide pathways for further study at Post-16.

The technical courses are equivalent to, and as challenging as, GCSE courses but the learning is structured slightly differently with an emphasis on portfolio and practical based learning. All Technical courses have some external examination at the end of the course. It is essential to realise that work completed during Years 9, 10 and 11 will play a crucial part in determining the final grade awarded at the end of each course. 

The BTEC grades awarded range from Distinction* to Pass at Level 2 (equivalent to grade 8.5 to 4 – old grade A*-C), and A-Level 1 Pass (equivalent to grade 1.75 – old grade F/G).

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