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


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👏


Our Year 10 & 11 students have arrived safely in Iceland and are on their way to the first stop!


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


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


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


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!


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!


Good Luck to all the Year 6 students and families on 'National Offer Day'!


Canteen staff put on another delicious spread yesterday afternoon as we celebrated Lunar New Year!


Wishing our Year 11 Drama students lots of luck for their performance exam on Friday, you've got this! 🫶



A big thank you to David Rabjohns, Assistant Principal from East Surrey College, who visited us yesterday to provide Year 8 with further information about Apprenticeships and T Levels👏


📷Year 11 Parents and Carers - please remember to order your son/daughter's Leavers' Hoodie and Yearbook by Tuesday 12 March 2024!To place orders, please visit the following website and enter our unique school ID : 25299YR11


revision sessions today focusing on mind maps. We had great fun revising


revision sessions today focusing on mind maps. We had great fun revising


Well done to the U13 girls team who took part in the regional tournament with 10 teams taking part. The girls got to the last 4 and played for 3rd and 4th and took home 3rd winning 2-1. Excellent effort girls onto the county cup next week ⚽️


Year 7 have been busy creating their own pasta salad this week. They have learned about the process of cooking pasta and safety whilst using the hob. Knife skills and healthy eating have also been our focus so great work Year 7! 🍅🥒🥕



📣Year 8 Curriculum Personalisation Evening will be held in our Main Hall & Canteen tomorrow, 17 January 2024. There will be no formal presentation during the evening so please feel free to arrive any time from 5pm. We look forward to seeing you all there!

Most Able

At de Stafford, we are committed to teaching in a way which positively challenges all students and enables them to reach their full potential. We look to provide effective learning opportunities across the curriculum both within the classroom and through our enrichment programme.

One way we achieve this is through our work with ‘most able’ students and high aspirers.


What does the term ‘most able’ mean?

Essentially, these are students who performed notably well at the end of KS2.

They are identified at the start of their time with us using their end of KS2 data (SATs) and another form of accredited, baseline testing (CATs) which we do in school here at the start of Year 7.

These students are flagged using the label ‘most able’. We monitor this cohort throughout their school career to ensure that we are doing all we can to support them to achieve their potential.


How do we support these students?

  • Regular pastoral and progress meetings.
  • Access to opportunities through partnerships, for example, with Reigate College and Caterham School.
  • A wide range of extra-curricular opportunities. These include clubs as well as excursions and school trips. Many of the activities and clubs listed on the Enrichment timetable are open to all students but would be particularly beneficial for ‘most able’ students. A small number of activities are run on an invitation basis.
  • Subject-specific signposting to further reading and opportunities for high challenge in lesson time.
  • Raising aspirations. This is done by talking about college or university courses and careers where subjects are relevant. By having links with companies and people from different industries students can see and hear firsthand where their hard work gets them.
  • Most crucially, we work to ensure that our teaching is engaging and challenging for all students. We are led by research into the most effective teaching strategies; we share best practice; and we are accountable for the progress of all our students. We work hard to promote and develop higher order thinking for all students.


How can I support my ‘most able’ / high aspiring child?

  • Encourage your child to try new things and step out of their comfort zone. It is important to learn to fail in safe environment and learning new skills develops resilience and problem-solving.
  • Encourage creative thinking and curiosity. For example, think of “I wonder..?” questions and explore the answers. For example: I wonder when it became legal to…; I wonder who first discovered that these ingredients make cake; I wonder who invented…; I wonder how that works…?
  • Board games are great for strategic thinking.
  • Support them to read around and research whatever they are studying that is of interest to them. There are many articles available on the internet. Their teacher should be able to signpost some good further reading for them if they are stuck.
  • Encourage them to read for pleasure. Research shows that this is incredibly powerful.
  • Ask them about what they are learning and challenge them to remember details. This process is great for making sure that what they learn sticks.


My child is very bright but is not on the ‘most able’ list. What are you doing to support them?

The opportunities we provide for our ‘most able’ cohort are open to all.

The ‘most able’ label is in many ways for internal monitoring: it allows us to track a certain group of students through their secondary education as a guide for how we are doing as a school. Any student who shows aptitude and a desire to stretch themselves will be positively challenged and supported to excel, regardless of how they performed at the end of KS2.