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The Sewing for Hope Club is on the final leg of the race! We have been crafting, stitching, sewing and embroidering Ukraine products which we will be selling in Caterham Valley after the half term holiday. #StandWithUkraine


Our Year 10 students had the pleasure of attending a Numeracy at Work Panel hosted by Claire Coutinho, MP for East Surrey, and Rachel Hopcroft, Head of Corporate Affairs at KPMG UK. Thank you for taking your time to come and visit us here at de Stafford School 🙏


We are pleased to announce that the first batch is ready to sell! The team have been working hard and should be proud of themselves. These will be available to purchase next week from Reception and during lunchtime from Room 45. 🇺🇦


Congratulations to the winners of the Spanish Easter Egg competition run by Miss Fantana 🥳 What absolutely cracking designs you all came up with, well done! 👏


"Every stitch is a thought, every thought is a prayer” Students meet every Monday, Wednesday and Friday lunchtime to continue to raise funds for the Ukraine by sewing blue and yellow ribbons together, making badges and friendship bracelets to sell to the community!


📸Tomorrow morning is the Year 11 Group Photograph! Please ensure your child is dressed in full school uniform, adhering to the uniform policy which can be found on our website - This will be a lovely keepsake to look back on in years to come! 📸


It was our Year 9 & 10 Students who received top Attitude to Learning scores this week. They were invited down to celebrate their success over cookies and hot chocolate 🍪☕️ with Mr Place, Head of School. Well done to each and every one of you and keep up the hard work 💪


A reminder to parents and carers that the school closes at the earlier time of 12:35pm tomorrow for the Easter break and students will return to school on Tuesday 19 April.


Do you have a passion for reading? 📖 We are looking for adult volunteers to assist students with reading during library lessons, for a minimum of 1 hour every week. If you are interested, please email Natalie Rose: for more details.


Well done to Miss Benjafield’s 10XRE1 class for their debate over the use of excessive weaponry during an RE debate. Students shared some excellent and well thought out views, including historical and modern events. Excellent work year 10! 👏


Today our Year 8 X band students visited The Natural History Museum. It was great to see the students back out on school visits and representing the school in such a positive light. We hope their minds are exploding with new knowledge, ready to take it back to the classroom! 🤯


📣YEAR 7 PARENTS' & CARERS' EVENING A reminder that the online booking system goes live at 6pm today for our virtual Year 7 Parents' & Carers' Evening on Wednesday 23rd March. Full details and a user guide can be found our website here or in ParentMail.


📖Reading enthusiasts required! We are looking for adult volunteers to assist students engage with reading during library lessons. If this is something you would be interested in, please email Natalie Rose:


📣VACANCIES: CLEANER & PART TIME RECEPTIONIST (MORNINGS ONLY) Are you looking for a new job role? We have some fantastic job opportunities opening up here at de Stafford School🥳 For full job descriptions and details of how to apply, please click here:


This morning Mr Place, Head of School, had the pleasure of meeting with some of our Year 7 students who have recently received top Attitude to Learning scores! 🤩 They gave some really positive feedback and enjoyed a hot chocolate and a cookie to celebrate their success! 🍪☕️


Good Luck to all the Year 6 students and families on 'National Offer Day'! 🤞 We extend a very warm welcome to all those families whose children have been offered a place here at de Stafford - we very much look forward to you joining our wonderful school community! 🥳


We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who donated to our collection for the Caterham Food Bank over the last couple of weeks and supported our local community.


Please find a link to a bumper edition of our weekly news bulletin:- We wish you all a wonderful half term break and look forward to welcoming students back to school on Monday 21 February (on a week 1 timetable).


We have a fantastic administrative vacancy within our friendly and efficient Student Services team. For a full job description and details of how to apply, please click here:


We look forward to welcoming Year 10 parents and carers to our study skills seminar at 6pm this evening. Students are welcome to join us too, should they wish to reinforce what they have learnt in school today (no uniform required).

Year 8 Options

Year 8 Options Process - Next Steps

In the absence of a face-to-face Options Evening, we have created this page to support your child in making the right Options choices (3 options subjects and a reserve) for study in Year 9. The next steps in this process are as follows:

  1. Click on the subject links in the table below to view a short video presentation from each Head of Department. The video should provide an overview of topics covered, skills developed and how the course is assessed etc. If you or your child have any questions, please then email the relevant Head of Department directly, via the email address provided.
  2. The Heads of Department for those subjects which are not delivered in Year 7 and 8 (Business, Citizenship, Media, Health & Social Care, Computer Science and Creative iMedia) will be visiting each SAM from Monday 31 January.  This is an excellent opportunity for them to share information on their courses and answer any questions students may have.  
  3. Once your child is ready to make their Options choices, please complete the online Options form (by 25 February 2022) via the SIMS Parent App.

How to complete the online Options form

Please see page 35 of the Options booklet for a guide to completing the form.The Options booklet can be viewed here or via the pdf attachment at bottom of the page.

Should you have any technical issues with the SIMS Parent App, please contact Mrs Blake-Thomas at who will be able to assist you.

With any queries regarding the Options Process, please email Mr Parry at

Subject Video Presentations

Core Subjects Staff Contact
English  Mrs Tollworthy
Geography Mr Dawson
History Miss Hillsdon
Mathematics Ms Anderson
Physical Education (no video) Mr Harris
Religious Studies Ms Pitroda
Science Mr Kelly
Spanish Miss Fantana
Options Subjects  
Art, Craft and Design Miss Chirnside
Business Miss Cronin
Citizenship Miss Robinson
Computer Science Mr Larkin
Creative iMedia (IT course) Mr Larkin
Design and Technology Mr O'Brien
Drama Mrs Gillam
French Miss Fantana
Food Preparation and Nutrition Miss Kerslake
Health and Social Care Mrs Callanan
Media Mr Hogg
Music Mrs Gillam
Sport Studies Mr Harris



Date Options Activity
Weds 10 November Year 8 'Introduction to Options' Evening
Thurs 2 December Online resources available on school website
Weds 19 January  Online form goes live and subject presentations available to view on this website page
Weds 9 February  Year 8 Parents'/Carers' Evening
Fri 25 February  Deadline for online forms to be completed






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Year 8 Introduction to Options Presentat... 11th Nov 2021 Download
Year 8 Options Process Update 14 January... 14th Jan 2022 Download
Options Booklet Year 9 2022 23 27th Jan 2022 Download