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Great creativity in a Y7 Parkour lesson! Today’s focus was balance - students were tasked with making an aeroplane ✈️


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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! 👏🏻


We look forward to seeing all our Year 8 parents and carers at the Options Evening which starts at 6pm in the Main Hall


Good luck to all our Year 8 students who are starting exams today!


A reminder to our Year 11 students to wear their best smile tomorrow for their last official school photo!


We look forward to welcoming students back to tomorrow for the start of a new term - a reminder we return to a Week 2 timetable!


We would like to wish the entire de Stafford School community a wonderful festive break and a happy and prosperous New Year. You can view our end of term newsletter by following this link:-


Congratulations to our first ever cohort of students who achieved their Silver DoE Award.


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Day 2 and the arena is ready for the teams from to battle their bots!


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We have 6 teams taking on a Robot Wars engineering challenge across the next 2 days with the support of our mentors from Good luck to the teams from


It's Christmas Lunch time here at de Stafford. Thank you to our fabulous Cucina restaurant team for putting on such a fabulous spread for staff and students


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Final annual review for our year 11s today. Incredibly proud of their progress and hard work. Hope all their efforts pay off. Lovely to receive this from parents. Good luck to them all


We're looking forward to welcoming our Year 9 parents and carers from 4pm today for .


If your child requires additional support for learning, please join us for a coffee and a mince pie tomorrow morning. RSVP


Christmas Lunch will be served on Monday 17 December. Booking forms and further info can be found on our website:-


Our Year 11 students were given a well earned break from their exams this morning to enjoy a fantastic performance of A Christmas Carol by touring theatre group .


Does your son/daughter require additional support for learning? If so; please join us at our Coffee Morning on Wednesday 12 December 9.00-11.00 am. RSVP


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A fantastic win for Y11 Netball Team! Some excellent interceptions & great team work in a fast paced game! Thank you to for coming over to us and congratulations to Immy C who was nominated as POM! 👏🏻👏🏻💪🏻


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students benefitting from the excellent new facilities A fantastic opportunity for our Y11 core PE students to access the gym and de-stress, especially during their PPEs!


Our Year 9 students are invited to apply now for the highly anticipated DofE Bronze Award. Application forms can be found on our website:- Don't miss out on this fantastic opportunity, spaces are limited.

Posted on: 30/01/2018

Year 10s get inspired at Oxford University

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Year 10 More Able – Visit to Oxford University


I had the privilege of taking some of our More Able year 10 students on a visit to St Hilda's College at Oxford University on Friday 26th January. With the stunning backdrop of the Oxfordshire countryside and the river Isis just outside, our morning started with a preconceptions-busting talk from Hannah Rolley, the University's Outreach officer. This enabled the students to discuss their ideas about who a typical student at Oxford might be compared to the modern, actual reality. They now know that 60% of Oxford's intake comes from state school students - just like them! Although standards are undoubtedly high, they are achievable, and there is also plenty of financial help available for those who need it. The students were told about the broad depth of studies available to undergraduates as well as the world-renown quality of their lecturers and individual tutor system.

Next, our students were introduced to two current undergraduates based at St Hilda's who honestly, and humorously, answered all their eager questions about the reality of life at one of the world's most admired universities. The undergraduates told them all about the social and fun side to their life at St Hilda's as well as the academic side. Their enthusiasm was catching! The advocates then lead our students on an eye-opening tour of the campus including student accommodation and the well-equipped library. We ended up surrounded by many more of the current undergraduates as we enjoyed a very generous free lunch in their very elegant canteen. Great cheesecake!

The afternoon continued to inspire with a stroll through the heart of Oxford city centre incorporating all of the iconic and world famous colleges in their glorious settings, but avoiding the multiple bicycle- riding academics intent on pursuing their degrees! Just being in the same environment gave our students a real taste of the fun that studying in these surroundings could bring as well as the prestige!

Our walk culminated in a visit to see some of the priceless treasures housed in Oxford's Ashmolean museum to make our students realise that Oxford's scholars are encouraged to use the whole city as a resource to make learning come alive! Here our students undertook a structured creative writing session, using some of the museum's classical collections as inspiration. Our students responded with the ease of imagination that the young and gifted possess and produced some worthy writing indeed which they were happy to share. I felt very proud!

Finally, a quick pit-stop at an eye-catching old-style sweet shop, with its multiple magical jars full of every delight imaginable, finished off a truly inspirational and horizon-broadening day. I hope our visit has now encouraged our students to aim high and believe that they too would be warmly welcomed at Oxford and could thrive, and succeed, at the very top!

Mrs Cassie
More Able Coordinator