Great Expectations lead to Great Outcomes!

The league tables for England were published in December 2017.

We did exceptionally well with attainment at both the expected standard and the ‘higher standard’ in English and Maths in key stage two tests. Progress for pupils was also strong with outstanding progress in writing and maths.

81% of children attained the expected standard in reading, writing and maths. The national average was 61%

35% of children attained the higher standard in reading, writing and maths. The national average was 9%

Our strong performance at the higher level places us in the top 100 schools for attainment at the higher standard. The strongest combined attainment nationally in any school was 39% at this higher level.

We are also the highest performing school in Southwark for maths overall ( using the average score across all children). In fact, across England, there are only 16 schools with a higher overall average performance for maths than us (when combining performance.  

Here are the government league tables which can be filtered to help you compare schools in Southwark and beyond.

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To search for Charles Dickens performance at the higher level, select the filters ‘overall performance’ and %of pupils achieving at the higher standards or ‘average score’ in maths. 


Health Warning! 
As with all statistics, comparing very different schools isn’t always helpful. Many of the schools in the top 50 are very small schools with less than 15 pupils in year 6 or they are schools with very different intakes to ours. 

It is also worth remembering that learning progress is equally, if not more important, and some schools have stronger progress outcomes but less impressive attainment because pupils have had lower starting points at the end of key stage one. The ideal combination is great progress and attainment ( again far harder from a lower start or if the children have additional needs ).Our year 6 group of pupils last year were unusual in that over 50% had an additional need such as dyslexia, social skills or other learning difficulties to overcome! 

A Fond Farewell to Year 6!

Yesterday evening the Year 6 children celebrated the end of the school year in style at their leavers disco. This morning the school wished a fond farewell to the children in a moving assembly that included singing, awards and fitting tributes. The school is very proud of every child in Year 6 and wishes them all the best for the future. Come back and visit us soon!

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Year 3/4’s Ancient Egyptian Museum!

Inspired by their trip to the British Museum, the children of 3/4 decided they would create their own pop-up Ancient Egyptian museum in the modular classroom to celebrate all their learning at the end of term! Visitors were treated to jewelry, scarab beatles, headdresses, mummified cats, mini tombs and a life-sized bejeweled sarcophagus! There were also lots of examples of the children’s writing, including leaflets about the museum and instructions for how to make a mummy. The modular was transformed into a dark, atmospheric museum, with eerie music and a hushed atmosphere. Everyone who visited was bowled over by the content and many people came back for a second viewing. Well done all the children and staff of 3/4!

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French Day!

The school celebrated Bastille day on Wednesday (a few days late)!

Little Dorrit and Gargery learnt about the Eiffel Tower and the famous Bastille Day firework which happens there every year. They had a chance to paint their own Eiffel Tower’s firework and take it home! Reception children also followed the adventures of Barnaby bear who travels to Paris and discovered with him, some of the monuments.

The year 1 and 2 children learnt about Paris with Barnaby bear and wrote postcards “from Paris”! They also learnt about the Eiffel Tower and its famous firework and designed their own firework. Finally, they did a workshop called “Knowing me Knowing you” discovering a few differences between life in France and England, especially about going to school. Children designed beautiful posters about these similarities and differences in pairs!

The year 3 and 4 children rotated on 4 workshops: a workshop on France’s geography: mountains, rivers, cities but also a really fun water-tasting session! Miss Spears held a workshop on the origins of Bastille Day itself, children learnt about “Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité” and made lovely rosettes. Ms Whitlock held a workshop on the Eiffel Tower where children played a memory game, learning facts about the Tower and the famous Bastille Day firework, which happens there every year. Later on, designing their own Eiffel Tower firework! Finally, the year 3 and 4 children also got to discover the artist Matisse and make their own cut outs with Miss Jacobs.

The year 5 and 6 children also rotated on 4 workshops: a perfume workshop, where they learnt about perfume history and got to do some perfume testing, an Eiffel Tower building challenge workshop where children designed and built Eiffel Tower out of newspaper. Children also had a workshop on the artist Matisse and made their own cut outs. Finally, they discovered the lives of 6 famous French people and designed beautiful posters presenting them.

All children got to play Boule on the rooftop and visit the beautiful Egyptian museum created by the children of years 3 and 4.

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Stars of the Week and School Councillors!

Congratulations to our very last stars of the week before the Summer holidays! These are the children that wowed their teachers with their impressive writing, their meticulous Maths and their extravagant dancing! Well done to our friends of the week too! Also a big thank you to this year’s school councillors. You have been a credit to the school and have represented your classes with great distinction.

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Early Years and KS1 Dance Performance!

This term both early years and key stage 1 have had the pleasure of working with our superb specialist dance teacher Delene. On Wednesday each class performed spectacular routines involving both choreographed patterns and their own expressive movement. The result was a visually arresting dance performance enjoyed by the whole school. A huge well done to the children and a very big thank you to Delene for all her hard work!

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Summer Fair

The Charles Dickens School community came together today to enjoy a fun-packed Summer Fair! Parents, children and teachers took part in a range of exciting activities from making sparkle jars to building castles! Plants and herbs grown by the children were sold along with the school’s own pasta sauce (with thanks to Mercato Metropolitano). Many hot dogs were sold and just as many raffle tickets! A huge thank you to everyone who gave up their time to make it such a special afternoon and a very special thank you to those who donated prizes for the raffle.

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Peter Pan – A Stunning Year 6 Show!

Year 6 surpassed themselves this week with what many at the school have been calling the best Year 6 show the school has ever had. Children, parents, carers and staff were certainly highly entertained and at times greatly moved by a performance that showcased the talents of an unforgettable cohort of children. The school will miss them immensely, whilst proudly wishing them all the best for the future. A massive thank you to Mr Windle, Mr Bakas, Mrs Taylor, Mrs Worley and Mr Nathan for their phenomenal hard work. Also a huge thank you to parents and carers for practicing lines with the children. But most of all thank you to the Year 6 children for such a wonderful show!

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Stars of the Week and Sports Day Winners Announced!

Congratulations to our terrific stars of the week! These are the children who impressed their teachers and classmates with their determination, their dedication and their diligence. As always we are very proud of our friends of the week too. During the stars of the week assembly the winners of sports day were announced. Congratulations to the green house who lifted the coveted sports day trophy!

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Southwark Gymnastics competition

Last Friday the following children in year 5 and 6 competed against 9 other teams in a Southwark gymnastics competition: Amiah, Gabriela, Tiyanna, Ava,, Olivia, Elias, Tormod, Oliver H and Rowan. They were all very professional and gave it 100%. The children performed two floor routines, comprising of a round off, Y balance, backward rolls, Japana and more as well as a vault. As a result of their dedication and commitment I am proud to announce that the two teams came first and second place, and now will represent Southwark in the London youth games on the 5th of July. Well done! Mrs Worley is so proud of you all.
Mrs Worley.

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