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21/05/24

We are over the moon to announce that we have have raised a whopping £2,364 for Shooting Star Children’s Hospices 💜 Thanks again to all Students, Parents/Carers and Staff who helped to make this possible 🥰#proud pic.twitter.com/Wxue2y7lgl

21/05/24

📷 We have vacancies! Please see further information, Job Description and link to the application forms below: https://t.co/CCJg56EblN pic.twitter.com/GNgXqFGgY3

13/05/24

📣We are very excited to announce the date for our 2024 Open Evening! We are looking forward to welcoming visitors on Thursday 4 July from 5-8pm where you will be able to take a tour around the school with one of our amazing student helpers. We look forward to seeing you all! pic.twitter.com/iNBUXrCBHE

13/05/24

Wishing all Year 6 students from our local feeder schools and the very best of luck with SATs this week 🫶

09/05/24

Year 11 exams are well underway! This is a crucial time for students, and their dedication and effort will surely pay off. Encouraging them to continue putting their best foot forward will undoubtedly lead to rewarding outcomes. Good luck everyone, you've got this! 🫶🥰 pic.twitter.com/5oZgfHSAEB

09/05/24

📣 We have vacancies for Exam Invigilators! Please see further information, Job Description and link to the application form below: https://t.co/CCJg56EblN pic.twitter.com/GSEYyhhIoJ

03/05/24

What a way to end an amazing Charity Week with a cake sale & 'Massaoke'! Absolutely wonderful to see our whole school community come together as one to sing this afternoon for pic.twitter.com/45l5UYB4Tt

29/04/24

Day 1 of Charity Week - Year 7 cake sale! 🍰🧁 pic.twitter.com/pYRuWlSbAO

19/04/24

Please click here to view our weekly news bulletin: https://t.co/RCb3EXoOgs. We hope you all have a fantastic weekend!🌞 pic.twitter.com/VcvehnjAWB

17/04/24

A huge thank you to Hayley Dawson from Nescot College who delivered an excellent presentation to our Year 9 cohort this morning all about their Post-16 training courses and facilities 👏 pic.twitter.com/kWwonEid46

26/03/24

Lights... camera... action!! Lots of fun being had getting ready for our first dress rehearsal to local primary schools this morning!!😍 pic.twitter.com/5e4LwYX5QO

25/03/24

A huge thank you to Sue Taylor from the ALPS Partnership who delivered an excellent presentation to our Year 10 cohort this morning, all about the Apprenticeship Training Pathway👏 pic.twitter.com/HTaxU8ePud

21/03/24

Our Year 10 & 11 students have arrived safely in Iceland and are on their way to the first stop! pic.twitter.com/vyxcE7VtpD

15/03/24

The Year 11s received their Revision booklets today as part of the ongoing strategy to support our students in their preparation for their exams! pic.twitter.com/aQ9tf86F0X

15/03/24

The Year 11s received their Revision booklets today as part of the ongoing strategy to support our students in their preparation for their exams! pic.twitter.com/CKRajw9rBh

15/03/24

Media revision bags at the ready! Media students collected revision bags during Media Club today. Each pack contains: knowledge organisers, fact sheets, WAGOLLS, flash cards, highlighters and pens. Reminder that revision is every Thursday after school in room 45 pic.twitter.com/EBDpAVYzCq

08/03/24

To celebrate World Book Day, a selection of our Year 7 & 9 students took part in a visit to Woldingham School, to attend an author event hosted by the Carnegie Medal winning author, Sarah Crossan! pic.twitter.com/P9V7DQEFOk

04/03/24

Congratulations and welcome to our new Year 7 cohort who will be joining de Stafford School in September 2024. We can't wait to meet you all! pic.twitter.com/Ta0N4UbLCm

01/03/24

Good Luck to all the Year 6 students and families on 'National Offer Day'! pic.twitter.com/Y9xJdMUtiV

23/02/24

Canteen staff put on another delicious spread yesterday afternoon as we celebrated Lunar New Year! pic.twitter.com/jUAspALGLn

Duke of Edinburgh

At de Stafford School, we are proud to have a strong tradition of running the Duke of Edinburgh award. This year we are offering the Bronze Award for our Year 9 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. 

How to Apply

Please see Mrs Hughes for an application form. Students 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 Mrs Hughes at: jhughes1@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.

The benefits of 'keeping busy', meeting and working with others and accomplishing new challenges are proven to have positive impact on well being.  Please see the ideas listed within this link on how to broaden experience and have fun.  

We offer our students the opportunity to join the Duke of Edinburgh programme, but there are ideas here available for all young people to engage with to develop their understanding of the world around them and their role within in it.

Documents

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Programme ideas volunteering 02nd Nov 2021 Download
Programme ideas Physical 1 02nd Nov 2021 Download
DofE Application Form 2021 22 02nd Nov 2021 Download
Programme ideas skills 02nd Nov 2021 Download