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20/09/17

Thank you to our Y11 Parents and Carers who attended tonight's information evening. Your support is much appreciated.

15/09/17

Retweeted From Jon Chaloner

Great to have visited & have 1st Strategy meeting for !

14/09/17

Lovely to welcome so many prospective parents and students to our Open Evening. We hope you enjoyed your visit! https://t.co/UmObZpDvhQ

14/09/17

The hall is all set for Open Evening 2017! https://t.co/SKa3peIVUA

14/09/17

Looking forward to our Open Evening today. Presentations at 5:45pm and 6:45pm. https://t.co/kr54HJS68A

13/09/17

We are looking forward to hosting prospective parents/carers at our Open Evening tomorrow night. HT presentations at 5:45pm and 6:45pm.

12/09/17

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

Great effort from the boys U15 rugby team, who narrowly lost 43-33 in a thriller against 🏉 https://t.co/j60DxrAF7M

08/09/17

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

Extra-Curricular Clubs start on Monday ! Improve your skills, make new friends & have fun! 💪🏻 https://t.co/4LatIrYK7O

08/09/17

Fantastic input from students helping to assess the quality of our catering bids. https://t.co/Dpffv6IHNP

06/09/17

Thank you to our Y9 parents/carers for attending tonight's information evening. As ever, your support is much valued and appreciated.

25/08/17

...and after. The less than welcoming blue fence has gone! https://t.co/G4OZV7uHHR

25/08/17

Before.... https://t.co/GkEyWH36Mp

24/08/17

Thank you to staff, parents/careers and governors for their support in ensuring y11 students achieved so well this year.

24/08/17

Congratulations to our Head Boy and Head Girl on achieving a fantastic set of GCSE results https://t.co/ogHOTK3s7L

24/08/17

Congratulations to our Y11 students who achieved so well in their GCSE exams. Excellent grades but more importantly fantastic young people!

21/07/17

Wishing all members of the school community a safe, happy and restful summer break. See you in September!

19/07/17

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

We've just achieved a Silver ! Thank you to staff, students & coaches for supporting School Games https://t.co/G4TRBERBzS

19/07/17

Lovely to welcome so many parents/carers to our Y9 celebration assembly this morning. Thank you for your support.

18/07/17

Great work from the Student Review Team today who shared their ideas on school improvement with Mr Garner. https://t.co/GTz9vEI8O7

18/07/17

Great feedback given to Mr Garner by the Student Review Team today. https://t.co/Y5MDWyflQz

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 completing the Bronze Award with our Year 10 group. In 2017-18 we will be running Bronze in both Year 9 and Year 10, with a view to run Silver award in 2018-19 as well.

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 build confidence, 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, cubs, guides etc.)
  4. The Expedition - They have to complete two expeditions, the practice and the qualifier, where they walk for at least 6 hours each day and camp overnight. This will also involve a relatively large amount of training, including camp craft, navigation using a compass and a map, fitness, nutrition and orienteering. There will also be two practice walks, a short one around Caterham and a day walk to practice safety, navigation and team dynamics.

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.

How to Apply

An application form will be distributed to students via an introductory assembly in September. They will need to apply, saying why they want to do this, 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 below. Places are limited so this process will determine if they will get a place or not. Those who do get a place can still complete Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award with other providers such as Street Youth Centre Caterham in Caterham Valley.

Useful Links

DofE Website