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18/05/18

Good luck to the 45 students who set off on their DoE Bronze and Silver practice expeditions today. Thank you to the staff who so willingly give up their time to support this worthwhile award. Let's hope the sun continues to shine!

16/05/18

Congratulations to the first three students to reach 100 achievement points! https://t.co/dOBNZBxRo0

16/05/18

Thank you to registered charity for joining us today to deliver classroom based workshops for our year 7, 8 and 9 students https://t.co/2lUvgSMx8t

14/05/18

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

Well done to the Y7 & 8 girls at Athletics this afternoon! A fantastic effort from all! Results to follow...! 🏃‍♀️👟🏃‍♀️ thank you for hosting! https://t.co/1SI3o7Uale

10/05/18

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

Athlete of the day goes to Drew Burridge! Part of the 3rd placed 4x100m team, as well as winning the 400m race, and setting a new school record and PB of 55.37 seconds! 🥇 https://t.co/aoFdVcS9oM

09/05/18

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

Netball Leaders ready to go for the Primary School Netball Tournament this afternoon! Good luck to all the teams involved! https://t.co/c36RSgmJgf

04/05/18

Many thanks to who joined us today for the 4th year in a row to run their fabulous educational workshop and perform a highly engaging version of Romeo and Juliet for our Year 11 students. https://t.co/rSAZgIk0be

04/05/18

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

Sign up today! FREE coaching sessions start this weekend! Try a new sport and have the chance to represent your district at the Surrey Youth Games! students are eligible for free Judo 🥋 Boxing 🥊 Badminton 🏸 & Netball coaching! https://t.co/UNi9xeTbPi

27/04/18

Retweeted From de Stafford Art

Well done to our Year 11 Art students who have just completed their final 10 hour exam.

27/04/18

A reminder that Year 9 Parents Evening is on Wednesday 16 May from 5 - 7:30pm. Appointment sheets should be making their way home with your child today! https://t.co/nu4n2iMfGq

25/04/18

Lovely to welcome our new Y7 cohort to our community event this afternoon. We have no doubt you will be a fantastic year group and look forward to the exciting journey ahead

23/04/18

A reminder to parents and carers that the booking deadline for all year group trips is this Friday 27 April. Letters are available to download from the school website:- https://t.co/ycKn5mZAuL

22/04/18

Retweeted From Mrs Singleton

and are being represented in the London Marathon today! Best of luck Miss Flynn and Miss Greenland 🏃🏽‍♀️👟

17/04/18

Congratulations go to de Stafford student Max Callender on his winning entry in the Caterham Rotary Clubs annual essay writing competition, 'Prix de la Paix'. Thanks to Mr Geraint Jenkins of Caterham Rotary Club who presented Max with his certificate (pictured) https://t.co/9lhP0Rjkov

15/04/18

Looking forward to welcoming students back to school tomorrow! Don’t forget we return to a Week 1 timetable.

29/03/18

To discover some of what we've been up to this half term, you can view our latest newsletter online now:- https://t.co/vcwKUGxlLG We'd like to wish all our followers a very Happy Easter! https://t.co/mOnCWXhIR0

28/03/18

We are looking forward to seeing our Year 10 parents and carers from 4:30pm today! https://t.co/R5qhjimH7d

27/03/18

Congratulations to SAM group 8KBa who earned the most achievement points this term. You too have been rewarded with a mufti-day tomorrow (Weds). https://t.co/Iao2i0OzCy

27/03/18

Retweeted From de Stafford Jenkins Centre

Please join us on Wednesday 4-5.30pm for coffee and hot cross buns in aid of Autism Awareness week. This community event is for parents and families of children with ASD. This will be an opportunity to meet other families, share stories and look at study skills for students.

26/03/18

SAM Group 7RLR will have a Mufti Day on Wednesday (28th) for earning the most achievement points. Well done 7RLR! https://t.co/chZFN4pRTf

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 9 and 10 groups and the Silver Award with some of the Year 10s.

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 an introductory assembly in September. 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.

Useful Links

DofE Website