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22/05/19

Every day is Open Day at de Stafford and we welcome visitors into our community throughout the year. If you would like a tour of the school, please call us on 01883 347818 https://t.co/q4fFtAomsy

18/05/19

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🏆 Made it! 🐌 🐷 🦙 Well done 👏🏼 Practice complete Pleasure to support , fantastic young people and wonderful staff ☺️

18/05/19

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🐌 Team Snail 🐌 https://t.co/3kslOfnRub

18/05/19

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☀️ Good Morning Campers! ⛺️ https://t.co/dqVfyLRsVp

17/05/19

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👣A very successful first day of practice expedition 🌳 🐷 🦙 🐌 https://t.co/Hmwo7nWAPQ

17/05/19

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17/05/19

We'd like to wish our students the best of luck with their practice expedition today and tomorrow. A big thank you to all the staff supporting them! https://t.co/2kRkxbOJDO

16/05/19

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Well done to the Y7 team who took part in the SmashIt 8-a-side Cricket Tournament today 🏏 A great effort from all students involved! Player of the day was Noah Vellacott 👏🏼

16/05/19

Would you like to exhibit at our popular Careers Fair on 5 July? Over 30 businesses already signed up! For further details click here:- https://t.co/GLAfXel59O https://t.co/J4WOoUXPvf

15/05/19

Congratulations to these fabulous Y7 students who met Mr Garner today to receive their Gold Award for gaining 100 achievement points this year https://t.co/vesVVRA19i

13/05/19

As exam season officially begins, we would like to wish all students every success! Please don't hesitate to speak to a member of staff if you need additional support. https://t.co/WnSgyjXtcN

10/05/19

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A great day out at K2 for well done to all students who represented more results and star performers to follow on Monday! https://t.co/IV7TUp2Iqr

10/05/19

Thank you to and for visiting our Year 10 cohort today. Students are reminded to return their forms for the College Taster Days by Friday 17 May!

10/05/19

Good luck to all students participating in the District Sports Competition today! https://t.co/ZZrTmF3orw

08/05/19

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Yesterday we hosted a y7&8 boys athletics meet at as a warm up for District Sports on Friday! Well done to all students involved! 🥇🥈🥉 https://t.co/EJyLCJKusR

03/05/19

There's still time to sign-up for our popular Careers Fair on 5 July. Click here for further details https://t.co/GLAfXel59O

03/05/19

Our very popular Year 8 trip to Thames Young Mariners on 13 June is almost full! Last few tickets available up until 8 May, visit our website or call our finance team for more details https://t.co/V8xIlWY8Tv https://t.co/Ml5zlTlr5Q

02/05/19

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GCSE PE moderation is in full swing today! ⁦⁩ students have been showcasing their skills in Football, Badminton, Trampolining & Athletics ⚽️ 🏸 🎽 https://t.co/PTnyO6bPq9

02/05/19

Good luck to all the students involved! https://t.co/7Qp0y1lf2O

01/05/19

Lovely to see so many of our new families joining the school in September this afternoon. We hope you enjoyed your first experience of the community!

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 above) 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 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

DofE Website

Documents

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DofE Bronze Award Application Form - Nov... 22nd Nov 2018 Download
DofE_Initial Parental Permission Letter_... 07th Dec 2018 Download