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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

12/12/19

Great fun T the NHM # Geography Rocks https://t.co/e7WVv9wkhv

12/12/19

We have arrived and ready for learning https://t.co/nPCnpxzC3e

11/12/19

We'd like to say a huge thank you to for their fantastic performance of A Christmas Carol this morning. Our Year 11 students (and staff) thoroughly enjoyed seeing the story brought to life on the school stage. https://t.co/PGbbqj1Od0

Duke of Edinburgh

At de Stafford School, we are proud to have a strong tradition of running the Duke of Edinburgh award. We are currently offering the Bronze Award for our Year 9 and 10 students.

What does DofE mean to your child?

It is a fun adventure and it takes them out of their comfort zone. They have a chance to discover new talents and build strong friendships. They grow in confidence and resilience and develop important skills that colleges and employers are very keen to see in young people. Research says that students with a DofE award are much more likely to get a job in the future and to get a place at college.

 

The 4 Sections:

  1. Physical - They have to complete a length of time in a physical activity (sport, dance, gym, martial arts etc.)
  2. Skill - They have to complete a length of time learning a new skill (musical instrument, maths leader, photography etc.)
  3. Volunteering - They have to volunteer for a certain length of time (helping at a charity shop, helping younger groups at cubs, guides; taking on some environmental work etc.) We also have some volunteering opportunities around school. It should not be volunteering doing work that other people are paid to do.
  4. The Expedition - They have to complete two expeditions, the practice and the qualifier, where they navigate and walk as a group and camp overnight. This will also involve a relatively large amount of training, both after school and on one Sunday, including camp craft, navigation using a compass and a map, fitness, nutrition, cooking and orienteering. There will also be two practice walks: a short one around Caterham after school and a day walk to practice safety, navigation and team dynamics. All of these events are compulsory for DofE students. Parents will be asked to bring participants to the beginning of these events but collection will usually be from school.

Kit

Kit is expensive so we provide most of the kit you will need for DofE. The Duke of Edinburgh himself is adamant that this is an inclusive award so there is funding for anyone who might qualify for support. Previous injuries or existing conditions should also be no barrier to participating. Special dispensations are regularly given to participants to make the process accessible for all. Here is the Exped kit list that all students will need for the practice and qualifying expeditions. Here is the Day Walk kit list that all students will need for the day walk. Here is the Sunday Training Day Kit List that all students will need for the training day.

How to Apply

An application form will be distributed to students via their SAM groups. They will need to apply, telling us about their previous experience and hobbies, how they intend to complete their skill, volunteering and physical section and why they are ready and should be chosen for this challenge. They will then have an interview. Again, they should prepare for this interview by researching and deciding what they will do for their three sections, (there are some ideas in the links below) and by being ready to explain why they want to do DofE. We will be looking for the following criteria: Enthusiasm for DofE; Organisation of the Sections; Evidence of previous commitment (so whether they are likely to stay the course); Attitude to life. Please practice this with them so that they are more confident. Places are limited so this process will determine if they will get a place or not.

Those who do not get a place can still complete Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award with other providers such as Street Youth Centre Caterham in Caterham Valley or with Surrey Outdoor Learning & Development (SOLD) in Dorking.

With any questions please email Miss Bailey at: kirsty.bailey@destafford.org.uk

Useful Links

Follow us on Twitter @deStaffordDofE for regular news and updates.

Click here to visit the official Duke of Edinburgh website.

 

 

Documents

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Duke of Edinburgh Application Form 30th Sep 2019 Download
News articles for 2019 DofE 30th Sep 2019 Download