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23/01/20

Retweeted From de Stafford DofE

Please donate any good quality books for ages 3-11! Some of our Bronze ⁦⁩ students have been volunteering for ⁦⁩ & have organised a book collection to help the charity! Please drop books to reception 📚#literacy https://t.co/iau0ylbkTI

22/01/20

There are a limited number of spaces still available on our Year 9 trip to Guildford Spectrum on 26 February. Consent forms can be picked up from Reception or our website: https://t.co/ycKn5mZAuL https://t.co/pRMrFkFYmX

22/01/20

A copy of our Year 11 intervention timetable is now available on the school website. Students are reminded that by regularly attending these valuable sessions they can earn 'Elevens Excelling' tickets and a chance to win a £10 voucher or Prom discount! https://t.co/MFXgoMOGcj

21/01/20

We're looking for an inspirational teacher of both Drama and English to cover maternity leave. For further details and an application form, please visit our website: https://t.co/YzzDMMzeeg https://t.co/jmQp7VQ0Aq

21/01/20

We have an exciting opportunity for an outstanding Head of English to lead and develop our innovative and successful team. Please visit our website for details and an application form https://t.co/YzzDMMzeeg https://t.co/eAfc3nZo3K

18/01/20

Sending our deepest condolences to Martin’s family, friends and the community at this desperately sad time. He was a much loved and highly respected colleague who greatly enriched the family. Taken far too soon.

15/01/20

We look forward to welcoming our Year 8 students and their parents/carers to our Options Information Evening from 5:30pm - 7pm today. Please see our website for further details https://t.co/Lf1QqsiDic

14/01/20

Retweeted From de Stafford DofE

Thank you to Mr Harris for running such a fun & positive groups/teamwork session tonight for our Bronze DofE students! They really got stuck in & worked so well together! https://t.co/yUlKpVwA59

14/01/20

Hi Lisa, please pop into Reception during the school day and we will happily arrange tickets for you. If this is not convenient, please email anna.hughes.org.uk. We look forward to seeing you and your daughter at the show!

14/01/20

Tickets are now available for our school production of Legally Blonde the Musical. See our website for details:- https://t.co/k8xp7n60b3 https://t.co/rDuSglLGMP

13/01/20

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

Girls football club started tonight! Come along learn new skills and be part of a team! Every Monday after school! ⚽️ https://t.co/H8PmFGFmL2

09/01/20

Retweeted From de Stafford DofE

Thank you to Tom, Sam & Tyler for their help in transporting & organising the ⁦⁩ equipment today! !! 🎒⛺️ https://t.co/cc2VQcp3f7

18/12/19

We would like to wish the entire de Stafford School community a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. We look forward to welcoming our students back on Monday 6 January 2020 (wk 2 timetable). Please do read our end of term newsletter, available online now https://t.co/JN1jUw1t7J https://t.co/wmeCR5hlfp

18/12/19

A reminder to parents and carers that the school will be closing at the earlier time of 1:40pm today!

16/12/19

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

Congratulations to the Y11 Football team who beat Oxted 2-1 tonight! A penalty from Joe VR and a winning goal from Kyle S! Well done to POMs Ben M and Kyle! 👏🏻⚽️ https://t.co/0mwBTRahGq

16/12/19

We're feeling festive here as staff and students tuck into their . We also have a wonderful selection of Christmas Jumpers on show, all in aid of https://t.co/1FOxAxLJk6

13/12/19

Congratulations to the students in SAM groups 7AFA, 8DBE/AAE and 9JJO who collectively earned the most achievement points in their year group this term, and are rewarded with a Mufti Day on Monday (16th). https://t.co/8z3XGUI4D5

13/12/19

Miss Benjafield's Year 8 class enthusiastically debated the use of the death penalty in today's lesson. Students researched their arguments before presenting to the 'opposition'. Well done 8XRE3! https://t.co/tm7ooX6FVA

12/12/19

Retweeted From de Stafford Jenkins Centre

Thank you for coming to our christmas coffee morning today. It was lovely to see you all. Wishing you all a lovely Christmas and a peaceful new year https://t.co/zaTkgLDmdq

12/12/19

Our 'Number Buddies' are being treated to a pizza lunch in the LRC today as a reward for all the fantastic support they provide. Pictured here are some of our 'buddies' together with Mrs Ainsworth and Mr Johnson. https://t.co/T0hDJkeN4c

Curriculum Overview

Providing an exciting, challenging and engaging education that enables all students to reach their full potential is a core strategic aim of the school and our curriculum offer plays an integral role in helping us to achieve such a goal. We are conscious that our curriculum must provide the platform to develop in students the knowledge, skills and attributes that will enable them to become active and responsible citizens within a rapidly changing global environment by the time they leave us at 16. Our curriculum model provides a framework for setting out the aims of our educational programme, including the knowledge and understanding to be gained at each stage.

School leaders are responsible for ensuring each curriculum area is well taught and contains appropriately sequenced content, is underpinned by thoughtfully designed assessment practice and consideration is given to an appropriate model of progression. We adopt a ‘knowledge-engaged’ approach whereby lessons are taught within a framework where knowledge underpins and enables the application of skill. We recognise the importance of each subject as an individual discipline, providing students with subject-specific vocabulary and knowledge that allows them to build links and enhance their learning across other areas. Cross-curricular themes and opportunities are clearly sign-posted within programmes of study.

On entry to the school in Year 7, and through into Year 8, we deliver a broad (covers all the experiences deemed important by society) and balanced (subject areas afforded sufficient time on the timetable) curriculum whereby all students are taught English, Mathematics and Science, Spanish, Design Technology, Food and Nutrition, PE, RE, Computing, Geography, History, Music, Drama, Art and PSHE. Key Stage 3 affords students the opportunity to broaden their experience of these subject areas not only within the classroom but also beyond it, such as visiting museums, art galleries, theatres, and other relevant curriculum enrichment activities.  A small proportion of students with identified needs (approximately 10% each year) are provided with additional literacy support instead of learning a modern foreign language. This enables them to make accelerated progress with their literacy skills and improves their access to the mainstream curriculum in Key Stage 4 and beyond.

In September 2017 we moved to a three-year Key Stage 4 whereby students make their option choices at the end of Year 8 rather than Year 9. Their timetable naturally becomes more personalised according to aptitude, preferences and skills but our curriculum offer ensures we maintain the necessary richness, breadth and diversity. All students study the core subjects of English, Mathematics, Science and RE and sit GCSE examinations in each of these curriculum areas, as well as core PE. In addition, students opt for a further four subject areas from a wide range of available courses in which they will take a GCSE exam or equivalent and the three-year pathway allows them to study each of these in depth. All students have equal access to the whole curriculum.

In terms of diversity, this is promoted specifically through our discrete PSHE programme in Key Stage 3, Citizenship as a popular and successful GCSE subject in Key Stage 4 and compulsory RE lessons throughout Years 7-11, including all students sitting a GCSE in the subject at the end of Year 11. 

Careers guidance and support underpins our curriculum offer from the outset in Year 7 and we place a significant emphasis on helping students to explore and learn about their future pathways and options. Opportunities are sign-posted within schemes of work and discrete intervention is provided through small group and one-to-one tutorials with an external provider, annual Careers Fair and well established links with Post-16 providers. We are implementing the Gatsby Benchmarks as a framework for our provision.

Underpinning our curriculum offer is the importance of providing students with the skills, attitudes, beliefs and techniques they need to be able to acquire knowledge most effectively, and continue to learn beyond the time they spend in school. Building a strong character and a sense of moral purpose in our students is a core responsibility so that they have developed the skills necessary to embrace the challenges that lie ahead and participate in society as active citizens.

de Stafford implements a curriculum model based on:

  • a broad and balanced curriculum; one which ensures students follow a wide range of subjects – from Sciences, Arts, Humanities, and Languages – for as long as possible,
  • a curriculum which keeps students’ options open and is led by student choice
  • a wider-curriculum which supports students’ personal development.
  • a curriculum that incorporates a range of qualification routes and is, where appropriate, supported by technical or vocational courses.

More specific details about the subject content taught in the different key stages can be found in the documents below or by contacting relevant class teachers and/or Subject Leaders.

Implementation:

Key Stage 3

Subject

Years 7 & 8

Hours taught per cycle

English 8
Maths 8
Science 6
History 4
Geography 3
Spanish 4
Computing 1
PE 4

Rotation of:

  • Technology - Food
  • Technology - DT
  • Ceramics
  • Additional project
2
Music 2
Art 2
Drama 2
RE 2
PSHE/Citizenship 2

 

Key Stage 4

Subject Notes

Years  9 - 11

Hours taught per cycle

English Language and Literature 8
Maths   8
Science Double award or triple*  8
Core PE   5
RE   2

Core choice - 1 from 

  • History
  • Geography
  • Computer Science
  • Spanish
  5

3 choices from: 

  • History
  • Geography
  • Computer Science
  • Spanish
  • Art
  • Business Studies
  • Design Technology
  • Drama
  • Food Preparation
  • Health and Social Care
  • ICT
  • Media
  • Music
  • PE/BTEC Sports Development
  • Triple Science*
5 each  

 

Key Stage 4 Options Blocks in 2019-20

Blocks are built around student choices.

Year A B C D
Year 9
  • Art
  • Business
  • Citizenship
  • Design & Technology
  • Food Nutrition
  • Health & Social Care
  • Music
  • Drama
  • Design & Technology
  • Food Nutrition
  • Geography
  • History
  • ICT
  • Spanish
  • Business
  • Geography
  • Health & Social Care
  • ICT
  • Media
  • PE
  • Triple Science
  • Art
  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • Geography
  • History
  • Spanish
Year 10
  • Business
  • Design & Technology
  • Food Nutrition
  • History
  • Media
  • Triple Science
  • Business
  • Design & Technology
  • Food Nutrition
  • Geography
  • History 
  • Health & Social Care
  • ICT
  • Music
  • Art
  • Computer Science
  • Geography
  • History
  • PE
  • Spanish
  • Art
  • Business
  • Citizenship
  • Drama
  • Food Nutrition
  • Geography
Year 11
  • Drama
  • Design & Technology
  • Food Nutrition
  • Geography
  • Health & Social Care
  • ICT
  • Art
  • Computer Science
  • Geography
  • History
  • Media
  • Triple Science
  • Business
  • Food Nutrition
  • Geography
  • History
  • Music
  • PE
  • Art
  • Business
  • Citizenship
  • ICT
  • PE
  • Spanish

For further information on the subject specific curriculum journeys please visit our Subjects page.