''Although I am not an educated man, I am able, I am thankful to say, to have an intelligent interest in most things.'' Charles Dickens, Wreck of the Golden Mary

Dickens’s education began at William Giles’s School, Chatham.  However, his private school career ended in 1824 when his father was sent to jail after amassing debt.  Dickens attended Wellington House Academy in London between 1824 and 1827.  He left school aged 15 and began working as a clerk in a solicitor’s office. 

As a child, Dickens enjoyed reading the work of Henry Fielding and Tobias Smollett. 

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sophie 15 November, 2009


Naomi 24 January, 2010

This is very interesting!

Ali 20 February, 2010

thanks mate, really helped on a project i have to do.

ahaddow 6 October, 2010

I always understood charles dickens to have attended a Mr
elville's school until 1827???

ahaddow 6 October, 2010

Correction to my last e mail. It should have been Mr Dawson's School till 1927

Megan 3 February, 2011

im doing a research project on him its very interesting

michaela 8 February, 2011

my teacher loves his bookes

Lucy 22 February, 2011

THX im doin project @ school on his life and education.thx!! :P :)

Fern 10 April, 2011

dickens is actually so cool. this was very helpful, thanks.

Niamh 10 October, 2011

thanks i had to write a factfile on him and this was the only site i could find on his education

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