Twitter @tcdskent


CDS skiers having fun on the slopes!


Reminder: Year 10 Parents' Evening Monday 24 February at 4.30pm.


Year 10 Design Technology have been engaged in the research and design of a speaker unit to connect to a phone, laptop or mp3 player.


The art department are requesting plastic bottle tops and lids to create a piece of art work through recycling. Please start saving them and bring them in by the end of March!


Year 11 after school interventions 2.50pm-3.50pm Tuesday-Friday. Please check your child’s planner weekly for the sessions they are required to attend.


NCS 4 phase programme for Year 11 students this summer costs £50. This covers all food, accommodation, travel & activities. All receive a certificate signed by the Prime Minister which is recognised by universities, employers & apprenticeships


And they're off! Ski group heading to Pila, Italy, for half term week. Watch here for daily updates.


Ski trip departs 12 noon tomorrow! Check out the snow report!


Year 10 Parents' Evening - Monday 24 February at 4.30pm. Please ensure that your child is making appointments


CDS beat Chatham & Clarendon in the final, making them Year 8 Thanet Dodgeball Champions 2020


CDS Anti Bullying Ambassadors and Student Voice held a cyber bullying workshop with Year 7 & 8 students for internet safety day.


CDS has 35 Anti Bullying Ambassadors in conjunction with the Diana Award. There is always someone to speak to if students feel unsafe, vulnerable, upset or lonely.

Why Use Thinking Maps?

 Thinking Maps

  • Thinking Maps are a synthesis of the above. They provide a common language of visual tools.
  • It's all about making connections, our brain makes connections every second so it is obvious that we do the same in the way we teach and learn.
  • Predominantly we are visual processors so we need to provide our learners with highly structured displays for systematically managing and organising information.

At Charles Dickens we believe in "The Mediation of Thinking". It is about entering students' minds and dealing with misconceptions.

By using the 8 maps, we are offering 8 fundamental and universal cognitive thinking processes to our students which will enable them to, not only reflect on their own thinking, but also be fluent in explaining the mental processes they are using.

Students know already how to think but using the eight visual tools provides them with a clearer, more structured and common thinking model in order to contribute to their own thinking and to sharing their learning and thinking with others.