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24/09/20

On Wellbeing Wednesday students looked at Digital Detox. A period of time during which a person refrains from using electronic devices. Regarded as an opportunity to reduce stress or focus on social interaction in the physical world. https://t.co/Qm5gx6MUSE

17/09/20

H&C room - Completion! Thanks to the generous grant from The Savoy Educational Trust, the H&C room is now complete. Look at these photographs of the space our students now have – up to date, modern work stations fit for any budding chef to create and learn in. https://t.co/jOv3j1NuOr

16/09/20

Wellbeing Wednesday - students are looking self-care: taking action to preserve or improve one’s own health; taking an active role in protecting one’s own wellbeing and happiness, in particular during periods of stress. https://t.co/gKaPCjeIUr

21/08/20

Hospitality & Catering refurbishment update - The work benches are going in and soon we will have fully functional and individual kitchen work stations for students to work at! https://t.co/2LOaYnKXFJ

18/08/20

H&C Room Refurbishment - Work has continued over the last 3 weeks with the partition wall being erected and lots of behind the scenes work in terms of piping and electrics. The walls are clad in UPVC and the school logo is up! https://t.co/vLMFXnbAsk

24/07/20

H&C Refurbishment – Following our earlier post, and thanks to the grant from The Savoy Educational Trust, work continues through the summer break on the refurbishment of the Hospitality & Catering Room. The builders have arrived on site and work commences! https://t.co/sqin6NYDxS

14/07/20

H&C Refurb - We are delighted to announce that we have been successful in achieving a significant grant from The Savoy Educational Trust in order to enhance the facilities and encourage more students into the Hospitality Industry. Follow the refurb journey here. https://t.co/VrQ9eYoiKH

14/07/20

All Y11 students who have purchased a Year Book – Mr Taylor and Mrs Gore will be organising the distribution of Year Books on Wed 15 July in the School car park. An email has been sent regarding the safe collection on Wednesday, with guidelines to follow on arrival.

08/07/20

Wellbeing Wednesday (2 of 2) Strategies for planning ahead and the change curve are attached and link to the earlier tweet with practical advice. https://t.co/AJ8lXXLNTE

08/07/20

Wellbeing Wednesday (1 of 2): This week CDS students are thinking about the change curve; the internal emotional journey that people may experience when dealing with change. Attached are some practical ways to ease transitions and new beginnings. https://t.co/rRYIMGLLEJ

08/07/20

Notice to All Year 11 Students: The Prime Minister will address all school leavers on Friday 10 July at 10.00am. The broadcast can be found via Facebook and YouTube and a recording will be available on these platforms after the event.

03/07/20

Home Learning – Art (3 of 3) Students in Year 7 were given a brief to create land art pieces inspired by the work of Andy Goldsworthy. Please take a look at the photographs attached to see some of the stunning submissions we have received. https://t.co/tfw85TdzMF

03/07/20

Home Learning – Art (2 of 3) Students in Year 7 were given a brief to create land art pieces inspired by the work of Andy Goldsworthy. Please take a look at the photographs attached to see some of the stunning submissions we have received. https://t.co/CxQp1GeR11

03/07/20

Home Learning – Art (1 of 3) Year 7 were given a brief to create land art pieces inspired by the work of Andy Goldsworthy. Please take a look at the photographs attached to see some of the stunning submissions we have received. https://t.co/cp0pMgWqb0

01/07/20

If you’re aged 11-19 years old and struggling with emotions, we are still . Text Chathealth to 07520618850 for mental health support and find a number of ways to help you, or visit https://t.co/u8x5royiJj for more info https://t.co/qOumBHjNW3

01/07/20

Wellbeing Wednesday - Have a listen to this song which sums up the hard times and difficulties that we have all faced together since March. We will have better days than others but we are all in this together and we will rise up and get through this! https://t.co/6I2K2ExYA3

01/07/20

Wellbeing Wednesday – This week CDS students are looking at self-esteem. See the attached guide to self-esteem and how to improve it. Please reach out for help and support if you need it at https://t.co/mTjx6NCCTz https://t.co/MqxK8ewWOH

30/06/20

Hospitality & Catering – (2 of 2) Year 9s have been working on designing and making Buddha Bowls – beautiful, nutritious, plant based dishes packed full of goodness. Check these mad up dishes out on our photographs! https://t.co/jY9YFLBdpl

30/06/20

Hospitality & Catering – (1 of 2) Year 9s have been working on designing and making Buddha Bowls – beautiful, nutritious, plant based dishes packed full of goodness. Check these mood boards for planning out the dish on our photographs! https://t.co/YqcZb606J7

30/06/20

Aged between 10-16 and need mental health support? Kooth is . Please visit https://t.co/mTjx6NUdL7 to register for their supportive online community where they have lots of guided support courses and resources for you. https://t.co/YHG7APxkXY

29/06/20

Text ‘Kent’ to 85258 for help when life gets overwhelming and you need support 24/7 - text any time, day or night, whenever you need mental health support. We are https://t.co/C2zoS4QWx7

29/06/20

Please have a look at the link below – The government has issued some sound advice for parents and carers about keeping children safe during this unprecedented time. https://t.co/FQTrYMCbyf…/coronavirus-covid-19-keeping-children-… https://t.co/r4arEE4NZc

26/06/20

If your child is aged 4-19 and struggling with their emotional health, you can access support from the Children and Young People’s Counselling Service. https://t.co/AcqZkSiCRj or ring 0300 123 4496 for more information. https://t.co/xARUPGbpXG

26/06/20

Mrs Booth has taken the decision to retire at the end of this year and we are now seeking a new Receptionist. Please see the ad below: https://t.co/wECySv5xYb…/receptionistadministrator-term… We wish Mrs Booth well in her future adventure! https://t.co/RvXCy6tKFb

25/06/20

Two of our Y7 students will be starring on the BBC2's “The Choir” on Tuesday 30th June at 9.00pm. They are “Singing for Britain”, an episode based around keyworker families and how music has brought people together during these times. https://t.co/yb8oMF3nOy

25/06/20

It’s been a confusing and worrying time recently, but Moodspark is . https://t.co/7QbZgYmm51 Providing mental health support to young people in Kent, the website has resources and service info. https://t.co/idHQuTNFr4 https://t.co/qBZlwHlsJL

24/06/20

Wellbeing Wednesday: If you need help, please take a look at these links for more information on how to support your Mental Health https://t.co/f4ppAoUphD https://t.co/OniKSYlPvc https://t.co/D09XpRJN5E

24/06/20

Wellbeing Wednesday: CDS students are looking at overwhelming feelings and using a 0–10 scale to explore thse. Take a look at the questions attached to explore thoughts and feelings. https://t.co/YWwHxcTpS5

24/06/20

Check out these links for top advice from the NHS on children returning to school and info from PHE on looking after your feelings and body. https://t.co/C9Gy366N5b…/top-nhs-doctor-issues-advice-…/ https://t.co/gI60YYhXxT…/Easy_read_lookin…

22/06/20

More photographs of what our CDS budding chefs have been creating at home. Some real growing talent here, well done! https://t.co/eEyqIcXfUA

22/06/20

Check out these photographs of what our CDS budding chefs have been creating at home. Some real growing talent here, well done! https://t.co/vtnq8Pvyin

22/06/20

If you’re aged 11-19 years old and struggling with emotions, ChatHealth are . Text Chathealth to 07520618850 for mental health support and find number of ways to help you, or visit https://t.co/u8x5roPTAR for more info https://t.co/9r41d4lf4u

17/06/20

Home Learning – Hospitality & Catering students have been sending in photographs of what they have been doing at home. Check out these photographs to see some amazing examples. https://t.co/Aq42EHLjwY

17/06/20

Year 9 Hospitality & Catering students are working on a picnic design project and have started by collecting their thoughts in a mood board. https://t.co/5B1wPtQpDn

17/06/20

Wellbeing Wednesday (Tweet 2 of 2) Watch this video for the science of a good night’s sleep https://t.co/YvnRd9JUgQ Try these links to help you with meditation and breathing exercises https://t.co/70xSfGydbL https://t.co/N4lTkhkukE https://t.co/CfCXQPzgFP

17/06/20

Wellbeing Wednesday (Tweet 1 of 2) Wellbeing isn’t ‘one size fits all’ - Everyone is different. As our wellbeing shifts and changes, we should remember to notice those changes. See the attached for useful tips on dealing with broken sleep. https://t.co/y2HXCSSO1P

17/06/20

Did you know that everyone aged 16-18 in Kent now has access to Big White Wall which provides confidential mental health support online 24/7. Visit https://t.co/81tukfON5h to join their online mental health community. https://t.co/DfgcqYBhbA

17/06/20

Home Learning – Hospitality & Catering students have been sending in photographs of what they have been doing at home. Check out these photographs to see some amazing examples. https://t.co/NvgEAmPomT

17/06/20

Year 9 Hospitality & Catering students are working on a picnic design project and have started by collecting their thoughts in a mood board. https://t.co/4ul4sBC818

17/06/20

The following support is available at this time. https://t.co/zCoHbUKfZf National Domestic Abuse Helpline 0808 2000 247 Childline 0800 1111 if you're a child/young person, a victim, or are worried about domestic violence. https://t.co/D6HWPr1PgR

Introduction

Vision and Mission

At The Charles Dickens School we wish to nurture and develop all students and to provide an environment rich in opportunities for learning and for the development of individual gifts and talents.

We aim to inspire our students to be global citizens prepared for the exciting opportunities and challenges of today’s world. They will be encouraged to develop thinking skills that can be applied across disciplines, to learn languages which will allow them to communicate with confidence, and to develop the skills of leadership, collaboration and self-knowledge essential for happiness and personal fulfilment.

Each student at The Charles Dickens School is unique and our programmes are designed to support the developing needs of our students. The Gifted and Talented programmes are created to ensure the very best success for those students identified as having a particular gift or talent but are also open to all students who wish to aim high and achieve the very best in their academic and personal development.

Our partnership with Barton Court Grammar School will allow us to share ideas, resources and best practice to ensure all students have access to opportunities to stretch and challenge in all subjects to encourage academic excellence, and with individual talents in Art, Music, Drama, Dance, Sport and Design Technology. 


Curriculum – “The Grammar Learning Pathway”

In Years 7 and 8, there is an opportunity for students to follow the “Grammar Learning Pathway”.

Students study an academic curriculum making sure they are stretched and challenged across a wide range of traditional subjects, which includes a Modern Foreign language. This programme provides ideal preparation for the EBacc programme at KS4.

In Years 9 – 11, all students start their GCSE courses and there is an opportunity for students to study the traditional EBacc programme. This is the most prestigious learning pathway offered and will lead to the English Baccalaureate qualification. The EBacc provides students with a broad range of academic subjects upon which to build any future career options. It is expected by this Government that all students, at KS4, follow this pathway and it is recognised as a highly prestigious pathway by school Sixth Forms, Colleges, Universities and employers and is ideal preparation for Post-16 study.

To achieve the EBacc, students must gain a GSCE grade 9-5 in six subjects. These subjects must include:

  • Mathematics
     
  • English Language
     
  • 2 Sciences (2 from Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Computer Science, Combined Science (2 GCSEs))
     
  • 1 Humanity (1 from History or Geography)
     
  • 1 MFL (French)

 


Additional Opportunities

Students gifted or talented in a specific field or subject are provided with opportunities within and beyond the classroom to achieve their own personal excellence. They are consistently challenged to push themselves further and given opportunities to share their ability with others through leadership and challenging learning tasks. The success of our students is widely celebrated as we celebrate a culture where gifts and talents are nurtured and appreciated.

Extra-curricular opportunities, visits, competitions, exhibitions, events, concerts, productions, are widely available and students are encouraged to take part with as many as possible to extend their skills further and to broaden their learning.

Gifted and Talented students in Year 7 and 8 complete a programme within Tutor Time which is focused on developing key learning strategies which will support their ability to push and challenge themselves in lessons and become the most confident learners possible. Students in Year 9 and 10 are given the opportunity to complete the Extended Project Qualification. This GCSE course gives them the opportunity to research into a topic of personal interest and complete an academic piece of writing on it. Whilst completing the project they develop a range of transferrable skills including research, organisation, problem solving and communication. Year 11 students are supported to develop the strategies required to achieve the highest possible grades in their GCSE examination through effective learning and revision strategies. Students are also given the opportunity to be part of the ‘Brilliant Club’ scheme which gives them the opportunity to work with a PhD graduate to complete a series of tutorials and finally produce their own academic piece of writing.

The Charles Dickens School also works very closely with local universities to support our Gifted and Talented students. These opportunities push students to take their gifts and talents to a higher level and have experiences to support their passion for life-long learning. Some of these opportunities are summarised below

 

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

BioScience Degree in a Day

Build a Student

University Life

GCSE Revision Skills

E-Mentoring

Transition Project

BioScience Degree in a Day

TechGirl Challenge

Science Day

Inspiring Minds

Build a University

More than One Direction

Medical Fayre

Inspiring Minds

GCSE Revision Skills

Narrative Literacy Project

Narrative Literacy Project

I’m a Scientist

I’m an Engineer

Summer School

University Visits

Peace Festival

Study Skills

Summer School

University Visits

Maths Challenge Project

University Visits

Ethics – Degree in a Day

What Happens Next

Subject Specific Days

 

World Languages Day

Presentation Skills Workshop

Presentation Skills Workshop

Revision Subject Support

 

Dynamic Dialogue

Debating Development

The Benefits of Student and University Life

 

 

Science Extravaganza

University Visits

University Visits

 

 

Source Skills Project

Confidence in the Classroom

Confidence in the Classroom

 

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