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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

Resistant Materials

Head of Department: Stephen O'Brien
email: stephen.o'brien@destafford.org.uk

KS3 Resistant Materials Technology

All students in Years 7 and 8 study one hour of curriculum time per week on a 10 week rotation cycle with Food, Resistant Materials and Ceramics. Over the 10 week period students complete a design and make project.

In Year 7

The aluminium creative door hanger introduces students to metals and their individual properties. Student learn and develop skills; covering the cutting, shaping, drilling, preparation for a quality finish and the folding and bending of sheet material. The project is designed to raise awareness of SMSC and includes student understanding of recycling and sustainability.

In Year 8

The mood light lantern introduces students to various types of wood and their properties. Students learn and develop more practical skills by marking out, cutting, smoothing down wood to make the required wood joint fit correctly. CAD / CAM skills are introduced to the project and students design and create their own individual light panels. In addition to this students develop electrical engineering skills through the development of a circuit which they construct.

Year 9 D&T GCSE

In Year 9 students have five lessons per week spread over two weeks. The projects taught are designed to build up skills and knowledge in all areas of the new GCSE Design & Technology course.

Each project is designed to enable robust progress whilst also assessing the students experience and understanding of the design process and working with a variety of materials, components, tools and equipment to make quality individual projects. The projects at KS3 form preparatory steps and skills towards the GCSE syllabus.

Year 9 project examples

Storage Box

Students design and make a small storage box made mainly from softwood and manufactured board. This storage box will have a creative CAD/CAM lid design. The internal part to the storage box will have compartments and either a vacuum formed tray or a small wooden tray with compartments.

Bottle Opener

An individual bottle opener is made by combining mild steel and hardwood. The introduction of heat treatment and tempering of carbon steel forms the introduction to the project. Students are given opportunity to develop their product through ergonomic design; to make a product which will ergonomically fit into their own hand with comfort. Practical skills are developed by marking out, drilling, cutting, filing, smoothing and combining steel and hardwood together. Awareness of SMSC, this is discussed regarding the use of steel and hardwoods and how the production of these two can adversely affect our planet.

Jewellery Project

Students design and make an individual jewelry inspired project. Student will continue to develop CAD / CAM skills to manufacture the mould for casting, this part will be used to cast molten pewter into the mould and produce a quality jewelry product.

Plastic Phone Holder Project

Students design and make an acrylic phone holder stand. This part will be modelled on solid works and the use of CAM such as the laser cutter to manufacture the part. The acrylic stand will then need to be bent into shape and mounted onto a small wooden structure or storage box.

Small Mini Clamp

For metalwork, students design and make a small mini G-clamp, this is manufactured using manual engineering skills and the use of the lathe.

Students will follow a design brief to manufacture a mini clamp. This component will be modelled through CAD initially to develop skills in technical drawing and 3D modelling. The mini clam will be made from metal in the workshop.

In addition to the above, student will develop skills in drawing and modelling. The new GCSE D&T theory aspect of the course will also be delivered alongside the projects detailed above.

 

KS4 GCSE D&T  

Year 10

The ne GCSE D&T theory is taught alongside various design and make projects. The projects delivered in yr 10 build upon the skills and knowledge taught in yr9.

Picture Frame Stand

This project will introduce students to more complex wood joints to form a picture frame stand.

Creative Clock Project

For the plastics part of the syllabus an individual design and make clock project, this will mainly be designed using CAD/CAM to manufacture the clock face and other engraving detail. The clock stand will be made by laminating wood together, contrasting hard and softwood.

Small Occasional Table

Students design and make a small table, this will be formed using complex structural wood joints. The table top will combine resistant materials to create a quality table top part.

Electronic MP3 Speaker System

An MP3 player music box, students design and make a small speaker system from resistant materials and combine this to an electronic circuit board. 


From the start of Year 9 students will work through a wide range of projects that will enable them to successfully pass the GCSE course whilst also providing skills for life and career opportunities for the future

GCSE Controlled Assessment

From the 1st June in yr10 students will begin their Non Examined Assessment (NEA), this will involve students researching, designing, modelling and planning for the realisation of their product. The examine board will set a list of design briefs for students to choose.

This course will lead students into a vast range of college based courses such as Product Design, Interior Design, Engineering, Theatre and Set Design, Trade and Business opportunities.

College courses will lead to university and/or careers paths within both business and the arts. The course will also empower independence and provide skills for life.

Year 11

The course is split into two parts resulting in one final grade:

Non Examined Assessment (Coursework): 50%

Exam: 50% of final grade (Subject knowledge).

The final exam consists of one paper which is worth 50% of the final grade.

The (NEA) will consist of a portfolio of work, typically 40 pages of A4. The practical prototype will be developed and manufactured from the portfolio.

Progression Opportunities

This course will lead students into a vast range of college based courses such as Product Design, Interior Design, Engineering, Theatre and Set Design, Trade and Business opportunities. 


College courses will lead to university and/or careers paths within both business and the arts. The course will also empower independence and provide skills for life.