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We know that the Summer holidays can increase social isolation for some pupils, spending more time inside and on their mobile phones. are encouraging young people to get outside and “go somewhere good” this summer holiday.


This week’s recipe was all about a comforting and healthy ramen bowl.Making their own stock, garnishes, and seared chicken, KS4 Hospitality Club pupils smashed “Cook Wagamama” week 3!#cdshospitality


sharing their journey as a and it's role in sustained school improvement. What worked, the challenges faced and how to build a culture of


This free workshop is brought to you by Broadstairs and St Peter’s Town Council. There are limited spaces so make sure that you book a space today. To book email or call us on 01843 263609. Limited spaces available.


We were delighted to be invited to a Time Capsule planting at the newly opened, Copperfield Court care home. Our new head pupils planted a time capsule, to be opened in 2074. We wonder what they'll think of what's in there when it’s opened 50 years from now!


This week pupils were tasked with making either chilli squid, with dipping sauce, or bang bang cauliflower.Both dishes were presented professionally and tasted amazing!Look out for our next post as it’s Ramen week next week!#cdshospitality


Congratulations to CDS TA Alice, who is the Overall Winner of the Heart of KAB Appreciation Award.We are so proud of the work she does in school with our VI pupils, offering a tremendous amount of encouragement & support, and opening doors of opportunity for them.


Year 10 are creating some fantastic work in their Visual Arts lessons and so we wanted to celebrate and share with you some of the great work being developed across the department.#cdsvisualarts


KS3 Food Club did a great job creating their own Cake Pops in Food Club – Just as good as you’d find in a well-known high street coffee shop, we reckon!Well done team, they look amazing!#cdsfoodclub


Dance pupils had the opportunity to go to the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury to watch the musical ‘Everybody’s Talking about Jamie’. This musical has become part of the dance curriculum and so this theatre trip will give pupils a deeper understanding of the course.#cdsdance


Year 9 Visual Arts pupils have Just completed their “natural forms” project exploring the work of everyone from Henry Moore to Georgia O’Keeffe.#cdsvisualarts


Year 7 Visual Arts pupils have recently completed a Hundertwasser landscape project with some very colourful outcomes and are now working on studies of bugs.#cdsvisualarts


The first Wagamama cooking club was a resounding success with KS4 pupils making a chicken katsu curry with sticky rice. I’m sure you’ll agree the outcome looks very professional!#cdshospitality


Today is World Environment Day; the perfect day to consider how you can make small changes to improve the impact that we all have on the world around us. Here are ten easy ways to achieve actions, that we can all try!


We’re celebrating Gypsy, Roma and traveller history month this June by taking the time to explore what family means to us. Pupils will be attending an assembly and will be able to enter a national art competition where they can express what family means to them.#GRTHM24”



June is Pride Month, members of the Pride youth network have been making banners to celebrate.


Wishing everyone a happy half term break.We look forward to seeing all pupils return on Monday 3 June, for the final term of this academic year!


With half term next week it’s important that we give ourselves permission to do what ever we need to do to recharge our wellbeing batteries.


One of our pupils recently completed a project for her AQA coursework. She decided to incorporate her love for textiles by creating a unique item for her baby cousin, a combination blanket and bag.We think you'll agree this is a beautiful gift for a family member to treasure!


Pupils enjoyed working on their Term 5 Engineering Club project, making ping pong bats! We finally tested them all out on the table tennis tables in our Fitness Suite!Pupils should look out for the new Club poster for next term, when we will be making a pucket game!’


The NHS Immunisation Team will be in school on 6 and 7 June for TD/IPV MENACWY vaccinations.


At The Charles Dickens School we believe positive wellbeing contributes to improved physical, mental and social health, and supports good outcomes for pupils. As a Headstart Award School we value the importance of wellbeing support throughout a pupil’s time with us. This is implemented through our schools’ three-tiered approach to personal development:

Our Universal Offer sees pupils accessing a comprehensive pastoral programme which includes Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE), Relationships and Sex Education (RSE), and our exciting Cultural Capital Programme.

Cultural Capital Programme.

Our specialised and bespoke offer provides addition support either using school based resources and interventions, or through multi-agency working with colleagues from a wide ranging multi-disciplinary team,

As a school we invest in pupil’s wellbeing through a whole-school approach, this is led by our Senior Mental Health Lead – Mrs Kettle (Deputy Headteacher), alongside Mrs Roden (Assistant Headteacher – Personal Development) and our wellbeing co-ordinator, Mrs Knight. Our approach to wellbeing is built upon evidence-based research, which looks to be creative, innovative and leads to pupils having incisive and effective support.

Help/advice and support available at CDS:

  • Pastoral Check in from HOY/AHOY
  • Signposting for parents/carers
  • Kooth cards
  • Kooth Corner in Safe Space
  • Pastoral Team have access to Pastoral Toolkit to inform/seek guidance on support available

Examples of wellbeing interventions may include, but not be limited to:

  • ACS Time out card to access safe space
  • Medical Officer Interventions;
  • School Nursing Referral
  • Healthy Relationships  Interventions
  • Online Safety Interventions
  • Salus – Intensive Mentoring
  • Bereavement Support
  • Resilience
  • Social skills
  • Self-esteem
  • Anger management/emotional regulation
  • Transition programmes (small group/whole class)
  • Attendance projects/support, including support for Emotional Based School Avoidance
  • Emotional Wellbeing Team Referral
  • School Counselling
  • Young Minds Mentoring
  • CHYMPS (CAMHS) Referral
  • Pie Factory Youth Hub Referral
  • Front Door Referral

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Time Capsule Planting at Copperfield Court June 14th 2024

Time Capsule Planting at Copperfield Court

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KS3 Cooking Club June 13th 2024

KS3 Cooking Club

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Everybody's Talking About Jamie Theatre Trip June 07th 2024

Everybody's Talking About Jamie Theatre Trip

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