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15/02/19

Excellent initiative from Y10 GCSE citizenship students raising money and awareness for ⁦ https://t.co/hgeb91PIZX

14/02/19

Thank you , your support is much appreciated.

13/02/19

Retweeted From Julia Church

A recent Ofsted inspection has praised de Stafford School in Caterham and says it is a "good" school - see https://t.co/ETnSgoSjy5 https://t.co/BmgzuugTzF

13/02/19

We look forward to welcoming the parents and carers of our Year 10 students from 4:30pm today

11/02/19

Pupils make ‘strong progress’ at our school, we have ‘well-trained teachers and a caring ethos’ according to our recent Ofsted report. There are plenty of other reasons why we are good - read them in our latest report https://t.co/ldIerXihqr https://t.co/xv396BSWsd

08/02/19

We are delighted to announce we are a ‘good’ school but don’t take our word for it, read our latest Ofsted report here https://t.co/ldIerXihqr

01/02/19

Due to the overnight snowfall we have taken the decision to operate a late start to the school day today (Friday). School will open at 9:30am whereby students should attend SAM time. They should be in full school uniform but may wear footwear more appropriate for the conditions.

31/01/19

Please follow this link to our website for an update regarding weather conditions https://t.co/I7EFkBrsWQ

31/01/19

We are able to open at the normal start time of 8:30am.

31/01/19

We are able to open at normal time this morning but please exercise great care if driving through the school car park. Students should arrive in normal school uniform but may wear footwear appropriate to the icy conditions.

30/01/19

Thank you to all our parents and carers of y11 students who braved the freezing weather to attend parents evening tonight; your support is much appreciated.

30/01/19

We look forward to giving our Year 11 parents/carers a warm welcome from 4:30pm today! Our site team have done a fantastic job ensuring the car park remains accessible despite the current weather conditions. https://t.co/66nxHwqIPZ

30/01/19

Fantastic effort from the site team, working since 5:30am to make the school safe. https://t.co/S1tNqHk04c

30/01/19

The school is open today with a late start for students due to icy conditions. School starts at 9:30am and students are to go straight to SAM.

28/01/19

With heavy snowfall currently forecast for tomorrow evening, we will be monitoring conditions closely. Please check the school website https://t.co/FcOUMuE3r0 or Twitter for updates. https://t.co/wdOi1gaBZc

28/01/19

Don't forget it's Year 11 Parents' Evening this Wednesday @ de Stafford . It's not too late to make an appointment if you haven't already! https://t.co/J9k94p88sO

25/01/19

Retweeted From de Stafford DofE

⁩ DofE students starting off their Fitness session with Mr Harris learning all about setting targets, energy levels on expedition and building fitness! 💪🏻🧗🏻‍♀️🏃‍♂️ https://t.co/oz5gCMBJwL

18/01/19

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

Great creativity in a Y7 Parkour lesson! Today’s focus was balance - students were tasked with making an aeroplane ✈️ https://t.co/ArCqQ6m7bF

17/01/19

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

Well done to the Y7 Netball team for persevering in a tough match against a strong team today! Some excellent interceptions & well done to Phoebe R for a well deserved player of the match nomination! 👏🏻

16/01/19

We look forward to seeing all our Year 8 parents and carers at the Options Evening which starts at 6pm in the Main Hall https://t.co/GZRjMQVdcu

Head of Department: Katy Graham
email: katy.graham@destafford.org.uk

Key Stage 3

Students study 3 hours of History per fortnight in Year 7 and Year 8. The KS3 history curriculum follows the National Curriculum guidelines and is delivered in Thematic Units. History homework is set for all students fortnightly in KS3 in the format of homework booklets.

Year 7

Students study the Norman Conquest followed by Life in Medieval Britain. In term 2 students research the peasant’s revolt and the rule of Richard the Third. In term 3 Year 7 embark upon the Tudor period and look at the consequences of the Reformation for the people of the 16th century and the legacy it has today. Year 7 complete their year with an investigation into the Stuart period with a focus on the English Civil War.

Year 8

Students begin thematic studies of the Romans and the Aztecs. In term 2 students delve into the British Empire specifically Colonial America and the Slave Trade. Term 3 see Year 8 return to Britain to understand the changes and impact on society of the Industrial Revolution.

Year 9

Students begin thematic studies of the American War of Independence in term 1.  In term 2 students delve into the British Empire specifically the Slave Trade. Term 3 sees Year 8 return to Europe with lessons about World War 1 and its impact on Europe.

Key Stage 4

GCSE History is taught over 5 hours per fortnight for Year 9 and Year 10 and 6 hours per fortnight for Year 11. Students follow the EdExcel Specification which includes the following units:

  • Crime and Punishment in Britain, c. 1000-present
  • The American West, c. 1835-1895
  • Early Elizabethan England, c. 1558-88
  • The USA, c. 1954-1975: Conflict at home and abroad

Homework is set for all GCSE History students fortnightly by their individual class teacher

Year 9

Students start their GCSE course in year 9.  The first and second term focus on skill building and exam questions through the topic of Nazi Germany and World War II.  This is to ready them for the upcoming two years. 

Year 10

The USA, c. 1954-1975: Conflict at home and abroad:  Students study the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights movement, looking at the social, political and economic reasons behind the reactions of the government and its people.

Early Elizabethan England:  Students study the ‘golden age’ of Queen Elizabeth I and the struggles she faced becoming queen in a male dominated society. Students will specifically look at problems of religion, problems with foreign relations, and the expansion of the British Empire in America.

 Year 11

Crime and Punishment in England: Students study the causes and types of crimes committed from the medieval period to the modern day period and how they have changed during that time. Students will also investigate the variety of punishments that were inflicted on criminals and how and why our methods of punishment have changed over the last 1000 years.

The American West: Students study what life was like on the open plains in America and how American settlers developed the land and a new culture.  Students then go on to discuss the open conflict that American migration had on the Native Americans and how the Native American way of life was destroyed.

Exams

There are three exams.  The exams range between 1 hour and 15 to 1 hour and 45 minutes.  Paper 1 and 3 (The Crime and Punishment and the USA in conflict exam) are worth 30% of the total exam grade.  Paper 2 (Early Elizabethan England and The American West) is worth 40% of the total exam grade.

Progression Opportunities

History is a highly respected subject which develops skills that are highly sort after by colleges, universities and employers. History can open the door to many careers such as Archaeologist, Genealogist, Museum Curator, Law, Civil Service, Intelligence Services and of course a History Teacher.