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17/09/21

Please find a link to our weekly news bulletin for parents and carers: https://t.co/SDs21cVesA We would like to wish all of our followers a wonderful weekend! https://t.co/lokIWOS4nb

16/09/21

Our staff and students are very much looking forward to welcoming visitors from 5pm this evening. Presentations from our Executive Headteacher and Head of School will take place at 5pm, 6pm and 7pm and tours of the school are available from 5-8pm. https://t.co/isiRHkntqI

15/09/21

We've been busy turning blank walls into learning walls here and can't wait to show them off to our visitors at the Open Evening tomorrow. Doors will open at 5pm, with presentations taking place in the Main Hall at 5pm, 6pm and 7pm. https://t.co/ZoacY9kHzV

10/09/21

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

Mr Henderson’s Year 9 Sport Studies class had a great morning learning all about the skeletal system and it’s functions 🦴💀🫀🫁🧠🩸 https://t.co/yJaoXFA1IQ

09/09/21

📣EXTRA-CURRICULAR SPORTS CLUBS Click here to view the extra-curricular sports clubs which we're pleased to offer starting next week: https://t.co/1Ge28r13lm No need to register in advance and completely free of charge! https://t.co/mm3O4QsNMT

08/09/21

We'd like to say a huge thank you to the fantastic team of staff and volunteers who worked tirelessly to ensure the latest round of Covid-19 testing ran smoothly and efficiently https://t.co/nNiGCjV0Gm

01/09/21

It's Prom night for our 2021 Leavers and we're delighted we've been able to give them the celebration they all deserve.#deStaffordProud https://t.co/2ZIAdIGMrn

25/08/21

📣Parents and Carers See ParentMail or visit our website https://t.co/MDOPkMFhzS for a reminder of our start of term arrangements (parents and carers of our new Year 7 cohort will receive a separate email). We look forward to welcoming our students back into school next week. https://t.co/9izgBDuZmZ

23/08/21

*FREE BACK TO SCHOOL STATIONERY PACK* We will once again be giving away free stationery packs to support local families. Come and visit us in Church Walk, Caterham this Saturday 28 August between 10:30am and 2:30pm. https://t.co/x6c39kFgbW

12/08/21

We look forward to welcoming our fantastic Year 11 students back into school today (between 9:30 and 11:30am) to collect their GCSE exam results. We wish this historic year group the very best of luck ☘️ https://t.co/7gKvYXEdqN

04/08/21

📣PRE-LOVED SCHOOL UNIFORM `OFFER - WEDS 11 AUGUST, 10AM - 2PM We have a large quantity of quality, pre-loved uniform available. Parents and carers are invited to come and have a look and simply take any clothing that is suitable. There is no charge, but donations are welcome

27/07/21

It's wonderful to be able to run a for our lovely new Year 7 cohort this week. Thank you to our fabulous team of dedicated staff and Year 10 students who have made it possible. https://t.co/4nvkL92tHb

27/07/21

📣VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED Schools have been asked to carry out on-site asymptomatic Covid-19 testing for students when they return to school in September. If you would like to support with the testing process, please click here: https://t.co/GibZEHYhB1 https://t.co/VOhfvsoXmw

27/07/21

VACANCY: PART TIME ATTENDANCE ASSISTANT We offer an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated administrator to join our dedicated and friendly school Attendance team. Please visit our website for a full job description and application form: https://t.co/a0nZBQXt3m https://t.co/Jc8ACvl3rF

26/07/21

📣EXCLUSIVE 10% HEWITTS OF CROYDON DISCOUNT CODE We are pleased to advise that are offering de Stafford School parents and carers a one off 10% discount on school uniform which can be used online (Code DS10) or in-store on Friday 30th July 2021 ONLY.

16/07/21

Please find a link to our end of term news bulletin for parents and carers, which includes details of our plans for the September return: https://t.co/eDueSiYcsA We wish the entire de Stafford community a wonderful Summer and thank you for all your support. https://t.co/M8X4ofBWyg

16/07/21

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

What a fantastic day at Sports Day yesterday! Well done to everyone involved 💪 https://t.co/pRk1kl4GD1

16/07/21

📣A quick reminder to our parents and carers that the school closes at 12:35pm today. Details regarding our September return will be published in the bulletin which will be sent via ParentMail later today.

13/07/21

Great seeing the de Stafford DofE campers in action # There is no I in Team

12/07/21

Throughout this week we will be holding Celebration Assemblies for each year group to mark their achievements. Today is the turn of Year 7, led by their Head of Year, Miss Cronin. Well done to you all for making such a fantastic start to your journey with us. https://t.co/SD8IVyP2WD

Start of Term Arrangements (Sept 2021)

Dear Parents and Carers,

As we approach the end of the summer break, we are looking forward to welcoming all the students in next week. 

Start of Term

The plans and timings around the first few days have been shared in more detail previously but a summary is provided below.  Students should attend in full school uniform.

Thursday 2 September

  • Year 7: 8:30am – arrive at the tennis courts (finish at 1:45pm)

Friday 3 September

  • Year 7: 8:30am – arrive at SAM rooms (finish at 1:45pm)
  • Year 8: 8:30 - 10:30am (meet at SAM)
  • Year 9: 9:30 - 11:30am (meet at SAM)
  • Year 10: 10:30am - 12:30pm (meet at SAM)
  • Year 11: 11:30am – 1:30pm (meet at SAM)

Monday 6 September

  • This will see the start of normal lessons for all students
  • This week will be a week 1 timetable

Please note there will be no canteen provision until Monday 6 September.

Uniform

Each year sees students creeping to the end in terms of shoes, trousers, blazers, skirts, and shirts that only just fit and the summer break is the time to make sure students have the correct uniform. The policy is on the school website here – please make sure your child has everything they need.  Of course, the students moving into Year 11 start wearing their Year 11 specific uniform (maroon prefect ties to come for those students who successfully applied).  Correct uniform includes meeting our expectations around hairstyles, jewellery, and make-up and nails.

As ever, please get in touch if you feel you may be eligible for financial support.

Timetables

All students will get copies of their new timetable when they come back in September. Next year we will be moving from Satchel:One to a programme called ClassCharts.  This programme allows us to streamline some areas of our practice and should lead to a reduction in the number of apps parents/students need to use.   Until the transition has happened, students in Years 8-11 will still be able to view their new timetable, including their SAM room, in Satchel:One from 2 September.

COVID-19

Step 4 marked a new phase in the government’s response to the pandemic, moving away from stringent restrictions on everyone’s day-to-day lives, towards advising people on how to protect themselves and others, alongside targeted interventions to reduce risk.  This is of great relief to us and allows us to safely reinstate aspects of normal school-life such as assemblies and to allow mixing at lunch.  We have carefully considered some aspects of our previous adjustments and identified certain “Covid-keeps” such as some separate spaces at lunch and break, split access to the canteens to help with queuing, and some of the one-way systems.

Some key mitigations remain in place including ventilation, hand hygiene, and “Catch it, bin it, kill it”.  All of this will be discussed with students in their first days back at school.  Face coverings are no longer advised for pupils, staff, and visitors either in classrooms or in communal areas but we continue to support those who wish to wear theirs where that makes them feel more comfortable.

Close contacts will now be identified via NHS Test and Trace.  Contacts from a school setting will only be traced by NHS Test and Trace where the positive case and/or their parent specifically identifies the individual as being a close contact.  Individuals are no longer required to self-isolate if they live in the same household as someone with COVID-19, or are a close contact of someone with COVID-19, and any of the following apply:

  • they are fully vaccinated
  • they are below the age of 18 years and 6 months
  • they have taken part in or are currently part of an approved COVID-19 vaccine trial
  • they are not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons

Instead, they will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace, informed they have been in close contact with a positive case and advised to take a PCR test.

We still expect that students who are displaying symptoms remain off school and arrange a PCR test.

As pupils will potentially mix with lots of other people during the summer holidays, all secondary school pupils should receive 2 on-site lateral flow device tests on their return in the autumn term – these tests will form part of the return to school timetable and previous consent decisions will be carried forward for students in Years 8 – 11 and we have been in touch with parents of our new Year 7s.  Pupils should then continue to test twice weekly at home until the end of September, when this will be reviewed by the Government.  Students will be given a new supply of home test kits in September.

Open Evening

Our rearranged Open Evening will soon be upon us – this is scheduled for Thursday 16 September.  We are excited to be able to invite potential students and parents in and to show off the school – I know a number of students have put themselves forward to support with this important event.  To help ensure the school is set-up and tidied away it is worth noting in diaries that the school closes on Thursday 16 September at 1:40pm and re-opens with SAM time at 9:30am on Friday 17 September.

We look forward to a new year and thank you, in advance, for your continued support.

Yours faithfully,

Jeremy Garner, Executive Headteacher      Jeff Place, Head of School