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It's Wellbeing Wednesday: This week we're looking at how perseverance can improve mental health. You’ve heard the quote “If at first you don’t succeed, try again” Few achieve anything great without first overcoming a few obstacles.


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Today marks . If you or someone you know is struggling with any issues at all, know that you are not alone and support is always available at Kooth! Hope Board ➡️ Other great services to reach out to for support ⬇️


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Be kind to your reflection 💠


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Know your worth. You are irreplaceable.


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Open Morning Tours for the new free School Barton Manor can now be booked. Places are limited. Click here to access the booking form.


Lots of work has been going on in summer in the anti-bullying garden. Students will be able to enjoy this calm space throughout the year.


Anti-Bullying Update - A lot has been happening in the anti-bullying garden this summer. Students have grown, nurtured and released butterflies to demonstrate growth and positive change.


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Free family ticket for every Thanet based school child as a welcome back to school gift from Ramsgate FC just produce this attached image on the turnstile to receive free entrance to Saturday’s game at the ⁦⁩ community stadium


Welcome back to our Wellbeing Wednesday message! This week we are looking at the practice of self-care. See the attached self-care ideas and have a positive week!


CDS Prefect Instagram - – A message from the Prefect Team: Welcome back students! We all hope you had a great fulfilling summer and are eager to go for the year ahead. We look forward to seeing you back in school this week!


We are sharing a picture of our second new food room in as many years. Students in Y7 & 8 will be mainly cooking in here – what lucky students they are! There are 15 state of the art workstations, fitted with induction hob, double oven and industrial sink unit.


Football is Back! Trials are in Sept 2:50-4:00pm Thurs 9 - Y7 Boys - Mr Taylor Thurs 9 - Y10 & 11 Boys - Mr Masters Fri 10 - Y7 & 8 Girls - Mr Taylor Tues 14 - Y8 Boys - Mr Shepperson Tues 14- Y9 Boys - Mr Allen Bring outdoor PE kit, boots/shin pads


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The applications process for the new free school, Barton Manor School, is open today, 1 Sept. Apply online for a Y7 place only using the link below. Closing date Friday 10 December 2021.


All pupils return to CDS on Tuesday 7 September 2021 - We look forward to seeing you all then!


Over the last year CDS students and staff have raised a whopping £2,475.23 for the School’s chosen charities. A massive thank you to everyone involved!


Yr 6 into 7 Transition Days: Tues 31st Aug, through Fri 3rd Sept. We are welcoming our new Y7s next week to familiarise themselves with CDS prior to a return on the 7 September. If Y6 parents need any info regarding the days then please email


Vacancy: BCAT Trust Estates Manager/The Charles Dickens School Site Manager. Please follow the link below for full details.


Please see the link below to view the full Barton Manor School consultation summary report and associated appendices. App 1 provides an executive summary of the responses received and App 2 provides a summary of the FAQs, and the Trust responses.


Body positivity is something we want to address. Remember to not only to be kind to others but also kind to your self with your body image. BE KIND STAY POSITIVE HAVE A GOOD SUMMER!! From the CDS Prefect Team


Hospitality & Catering: Year 10 Hospitality & Catering students have been working on their plating and presentation ideas. They have made their own sushi! Very impressive technical skills on show, and beautifully presented! Well done!


Competitions & Rewards: Throughout the year students have been working hard, entering weekly competitions and gathering reward points. This year’s winners are Tavistock! Well done to all colleges for all their hard work!


Wellbeing Wednesday Some of the apps and websites to support your wellbeing: NHS MIND


Wellbeing Wednesday Some of the apps and websites to support your mindfulness Headspace Insight timer Smiling mind My life Calm


Wellbeing Wednesday: Yes, we have nearly made it! We are nearing the end of a school year that has been like no other and we all need a well-deserved break.


Wellbeing Wednesday: This week we’re thinking about endings, transitions and new beginnings. The end of the academic year, the summer break and a new beginning in September.


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If you are concerned about the wellbeing and mental health of a young person, try the 'Getting Help' button on Kent Resilience Hub and 'I need help now' button on MoodSpark for advice. Here is a link to a helpful PDF 👇


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Happy ! ⚽👏🏆 With reaching its conclusion, our final football-themed guide has some top tactics for playing fair online and avoiding a red card! 🟥 Desktop: Download the app:


Thursday is Cultural Capital Day at CDS with lots going on for students off timetable … Y7 trip to Kent Life for the day Y8 are with Crest Discovery Award Science Y9 have a mixture of Volcanos and Cookery Y10 have a virtual work experience day with EBP Kent


CDS Prefect Instagram - – A message from the Prefect Team: June is Pride Month and we celebrate and embrace members of the LGBTQ+ community by challenging homophobia, biphobia and transphobia. Happy Pride Month everyone!


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Last day to register! If you would like your child to sit the Kent Test, you have until Thursday (midnight July 1, 2021) to register. Find out more about the assessment process and register here:


Wellbeing Wednesday: This week's theme is "Music for Wellbeing", inspired by World Music Day (21 June). Music is a part of life, and whether energising or soft and soothing it is a way of expressing our emotions and feelings.


Hospitality & Catering – CDS Year 9s working with have been learning the art of laying the perfect table setting and attending to their guests with silver service plating ‘table-side’. Well done to Team Hospitality!


Wellbeing Wednesday: Whether you're an athlete, enjoy competitive sports or having a kick about with friends, developing a positive mental attitude can help give you an edge. Positive thinking is being optimistic, confident and well prepared!


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Last chance to contribute to the BMS, free school, consultation which closes tomorrow at 9am. We'd love to hear your views.


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Our friends at Kooth are running free online mental wellbeing sessions for 18-25 year-olds on Tuesday 29 June 11am-12pm and Thursday 15th July 11.30am-12.30am. More info and sign up is below. Please share.


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🚨Attention🚨 Kooth has been shortlisted by for the Health Awards 2021 in the category 'Health Tech Companies/Founders & Leaders'. With 13 days left - Vote for us here ➡️


General Safeguarding

Our students' wellbeing is important to us. If you have any safeguarding concerns please contact our Designated Safeguarding Leads: Mr Morgan, Mrs Dunbar, Mr Lee and Ms Lebby. We welcome and encourage parents and carers to contact the Designated Safeguarding Leads to discuss any issues. Additional Safeguarding information and further websites and guidance can be found through the safeguarding section of the Learner Portal which can be accessed by parents and students (login required).

Our Safeguarding Policy is available here: View / Download

Information on contacting the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) for safeguarding is available here: View / Download

Online Safety

Responsible use of Social Media and Mobile Phones

In today's social media age, children now have access to each other more than ever via social media and their mobile phones and devices.  As a school we strongly encourage clear boundaries on using phones and the Internet. Parents and guardians should not allow their children to play age inappropriate video games or to attend age inappropriate events.

Parents and guardians, as bill payers, have a responsibility for how mobile phones are used and can install controls on phones enabling them to filter which games, apps and websites their child can use, as well as monitor their usage. Be open and transparent with your child and discuss how they use their phone to help them understand what is appropriate and what is expected of them. 

We regularly publish information for parents and carers about the use of the Internet and social media and hope the links below are helpful to you:

Childline - Removing a Nude Image Shared Online

Guides and Advice

Using Technology Safely Checklist View / Download
Using Social Media & Staying Safe for Pupils View / Download
What trusted adults need to know about Social Media and Mental Health View / Download
What pupils need to know about Cyberbullying View / Download
Children and Mobile Phones Leaflet for Parents View / Download
9 Top Tips To Get Smart About Children's Devices View / Download
14 Top Tips To Get Smart About The Devices In Your Home View / Download
Age Ratings Guidance View / Download
Screen Addiction Information View / Download
Parents Guide on Online Grooming View / Download
What parents need to know about Catfishing View / Download
Live Streaming Guide for Parents View / Download
What parents need to know about VPN View / Download
How to Spot Fake News View / Download
How are 8-12 year olds using social media View / Download


Sites, Apps, and Games

Facebook Guide: View / Download
Checklist: View / Download
Twitter Guide: View / Download
Checklist: View / Download
Instagram Guide: View / Download
Checklist: View / Download
Snapchat Guide: View / Download
Checklist: View / Download
Whatsapp View / Download
Youtube View / Download
Tumblr View / Download
Minecraft View / Download
Fortnite: Battle Royale View / Download
Grand Theft Auto View / Download
Doki Doki Literature Club View / Download
Momo Challenge View / Download
Houseparty View / Download
TikTok View / Download
YOLO View / Download

Extremism and Radicalisation Propaganda

Education Against Hate have created an online guide for parents on keeping your child safe from the dangers of radicalisation.



Information and advice leaflet for young people.



This involves sending or receiving explicit messages, images or videos of a sexual nature. It is illegal to share, make or take an indecent image of a child under the age of 18, even if it is consensual.

What Parents' Need to Know About Sexting View / Download
NSPCC Guidance View


Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

NSPCC Guidance View


Child Exploitation

County Lines Gang Exploitation View / Download
Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) View
Money Mules View / Download


The Law and Young People

LawStuff provides free legal information to children and young people to help them understand and access their legal rights.

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