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06/04/20

Home Learning – Amazing artwork from a talented Year 9 https://t.co/ZNNu2T7aRR

06/04/20

Maths Announcement – Year 7 & 8 TTRS battle over the Easter break. If students want to have some fun, log in and start competing! See the poster attached to this post. https://t.co/VuH6URPjFu

02/04/20

CDS is looking for a talented and inspirational Lead Teacher of PE https://t.co/lKu9Y5CHq7 https://t.co/rRwOcfd1l1

02/04/20

Another fine example of delicious hospitality Year 9 home learning! https://t.co/PMQhynG12d

02/04/20

Home learning – Year 7 one point perspective artwork https://t.co/OURVOxgF6W

01/04/20

Home learning - A great presentation, identifying the impact of palm oil on the environment. https://t.co/kNFxieTV0f

01/04/20

Home learning – Monday Maths! https://t.co/skO93GNvBK

01/04/20

Some more fabulous creations in hospitality home learning: building skills at home in readiness for Year 10 by making a pie with velouté sauce and a batch of Easter themed cakes. https://t.co/4M5kNAxPFF

27/03/20

Look at this amazing collage produced onto perspex by one of our students in school this week! https://t.co/Tw8mbvKcx9

27/03/20

Science home learning – A task involved making a model of the Earth’s structure from plasticine. https://t.co/nw4EvJUioC

26/03/20

Look at this amazing Hospitality & Catering home learning. Well done - someone's family are in for a treat this evening! https://t.co/vQw189m22D

17/03/20

Money raised for Sport Relief totals £991.31 – Well done everybody and thankyou! https://t.co/USEAlVXQfG

17/03/20

The art department is celebrating the brilliant Frank Stella inspired sculptures from our Year 7 students. https://t.co/wGl7eEHnfq

13/03/20

Look at the amazing work of our Year 11 Masterchefs! https://t.co/6b1SHHy09j

13/03/20

Reminder: Year 9 Parents' Evening Monday 16 March at 4.30pm

13/03/20

Remember that the Art Department are collecting bottle tops to complete a project with recycled material. Please save and send in! https://t.co/e6Pu1KwPLM

12/03/20

Year 9s visited Kent University for a campus day yesterday. They had a skills based session on what they need in University and toured the site. They completed a photography workshop and took photographs of items and places they thought represented University life. https://t.co/VIM0osETVQ

12/03/20

Year 7 & 8 Netball result against RHA - Year 7 win 9-0 Year 8 win 21-0 Well done CDS girls!

11/03/20

Reminder: Year 9 Parents’ Evening Monday 16 March at 4.30pm - Ensure appointments are being made or contact the Year team - Mr Shepperson dshepperson.kent.sch.uk or Mrs Knight lknight.kent.sch.uk

11/03/20

A small mixed group of students are working on a sculptural piece relating to “places and spaces” for entry into the Turner Contemporary Portfolio Competition – entries due by end of March. https://t.co/rMnYKKoOlK

11/03/20

“Grease is the word…” Rehearsals continue for July’s musical performance. Every Thursday after school 2.50pm-4.30pm.

10/03/20

Deadline for Year 8 Options forms - Friday 13 March 2020. Please get these in on time or you run the risk of losing out on your preferred options.

10/03/20

Reminder: Year 7 & 8 Netball at CDS v RHA tomorrow, Wednesday 11 March.

10/03/20

Reminder Year 9 Parents' Evening Monday 16 March at 4.30pm. Ensure your child is making appointments and any problems contact the Year team - Mr Shepperson or Mrs Knight.

10/03/20

Tomorrow, Wednesday 11th, some of our Year 9 students visit Kent University - An opportunity to explore the campus and take part in University workshops.

09/03/20

Year 9 Kent University Workshop – Confidence in Public Speaking Students were given a character and had to prepare an argument for keeping their place on a hot air balloon, which was then presented to the rest of the class. These included Walt Disney and Donald Trump! https://t.co/4gqBeVpLHQ

09/03/20

Sport Relief – This week a “dance off” is being held daily. Students can go along at lunch time and “bust some moves” with Tik Tok for a small donation to this worthy cause. Watch this space for the total raised at the end of the fundraising! https://t.co/x3t3sLCjKw

09/03/20

Year 7 Rugby at Sandwich tomorrow, 4pm against Sandwich, King Ethelbert, RHA, Dover Christ Church

09/03/20

Year 7 & 8 Girls Netball at home against RHA on Wednesday. Girls, check the team sheets please!

06/03/20

Countdown to CDS Cultural Capital days 2nd and 3rd April: Year 7 visit Kent County Cricket ground Year 8 visit Howlett's Wildlife Park Year 9 Historians visit Leeds Castle Year 9 Geographers visit the O2 and QE Park, London Year 10 visit the Olympic Park, Stratford

06/03/20

"Grease is the Word" Countdown to Grease the musical at CDS in July. Rehearsals every Thursday 3pm-4.30pm

05/03/20

Countdown to Year 9 Parents' Evening, Monday 16th March 4.30pm. Ensure that your child is making appointments! Any problems, contact the Year team.

05/03/20

World Book Day focused on “reading is power” and “get social”. Homework is set on ShowMyHomework for Y7-9 to write a review of one of the reading texts that they have read. Closing date, last day of term. Prizes on offer! https://t.co/d8KUr5iC4Z

05/03/20

Year 10 students took part in a ‘Degree in a Day’ with CCU. They undertook a variety of activities to experience how they would study and research the psychology of video game addiction. Students then presented their work and findings to the group. https://t.co/cCgipJ5bLu

05/03/20

7 Things You should know about the teenage brain https://t.co/cTNfPfCxgn

05/03/20

Young Minds Parents Helpline is available to offer advice to parents and carers worried about a child or young person under 25 https://t.co/enUzC4N6L3 https://t.co/CDgvMBeO6P

04/03/20

CDS have a daily Mindfulness Club that runs at lunch times. Students should speak to Mrs Knight for more information.

04/03/20

Support your child with anxiety issues. https://t.co/z2W7rO9oYe

04/03/20

Need help understanding your teenager's brain? Check this out ... https://t.co/EZlawDUjZA

04/03/20

Support your child with developing strong self-esteem. https://t.co/tMOxSrnNLW

KS4 Options

These pages of the website provide a guide to the learning pathways offered at KS4 and the wide variety of subjects that can be studied.

There are 3 learning pathways:

a) The English Baccalaureate (EBacc)

b) The Main Pathway

c) The Technical Pathway

The aim is to provide information and guidance that will enable students to choose the correct learning pathway from the wide selection of subject courses offered that will maximise their potential at Key Stage 4 and Post-16.

It is important that every student follows the most appropriate learning pathway that meets their needs and reflects their prior attainment and progress to date. The learning pathway should provide sufficient pace and challenge to learning and reflect the student’s individual interest, talents and academic ability. The final programme of study chosen needs to be broad, balanced, relevant and enjoyable, whilst also meeting the statutory requirements and school performance measures

 

Pathway A – The English Baccalaureate (EBacc)

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 Computer Science, Combined  Science (2 GCSEs))
  • 1 Humanity (1 from History or Geography)
  • 1 MFL (Spanish)

Students are also required to study English Literature GCSE

In addition to this suite of academic subjects students will have the freedom to choose two additional subjects to study throughout KS4. These subjects cover a wide range of choice from both academic and vocational options. Students will also have weekly lessons in physical education (PE) that is not examined and a number of curriculum themed days based around religious education, PSHEE and citizenship.

 

Pathway B – The Main Pathway

This is the most diverse learning pathway offered with a full range of GCSE subjects and Technical Awards. This pathway provides students with a broad range of subjects upon which to build any future career options. The majority of students are expected to follow either the Ebacc Pathway or the Main Pathway.

Students on the Main Pathway will study the following six traditional GCSE’s that are all well respected and valued by future employers:-

  • Mathematics
  • English Language and Literature
  • Combined Science (two GCSEs)
  • One subject from Geography or History

In addition to this suite of academic subjects students will have the freedom to choose three additional subjects to study throughout KS4. These subjects cover a wide range of choice from both academic and vocational options. Advice will be given to each student as to the number of technical subjects to study, with each student recommended to study at least one of these and many studying two or three. Students will also have weekly lessons in physical education (PE) that is not examined and a number of curriculum themed days based around religious education, PSHEE and citizenship.

 

Pathway C – The Technical Pathway

This is the most technical pathway offered with a variety of Technical Awards to compliment the compulsory GCSE subjects. This pathway is only available to a small minority of students as identified by the School who will benefit from extra lessons in Mathematics and English.  This pathway provides students with a broad range of vocational subjects which provide clear progression on to Level 3 technical courses or work related vocational apprenticeships.

Students on the Technical Pathway will study the following five traditional GCSE’s that are all well respected and valued by future employers:-

  • Mathematics
  • English Language and Literature
  • Combined Science (two GCSEs)

On this pathway students will receive extra lessons in Mathematics and English to provide maximum opportunity of gaining valuable standard passes (Grade 4) in these key subjects.

In addition to this suite of academic subjects students will have the freedom to choose three additional subjects to study throughout KS4. These subjects cover a wide range of choice from vocational options. Students will also have weekly lessons in physical education (PE) that is not examined and a number of curriculum themed days based around religious education, PSHEE and citizenship.

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