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27/03/20

A weekly newsletter is on the way to our parents and carers via ParentMail. You can also find it on our website here: https://t.co/RCb3EXGp80 Wishing you all a lovely weekend! https://t.co/2bPVcFNKaa

26/03/20

Today we donated including 200 goggles and disposable gloves to the incredible staff who are working tirelessly to treat the members of our communities who are infected with Covid-19. Now lets !

26/03/20

Retweeted From GOV UK

At 8pm tonight join the UK in giving thanks to our brilliant NHS workers by giving them a huge round of applause from your front door, garden, windows, and living rooms. Thank you to all NHS workers https://t.co/vrJUkIBwQl

26/03/20

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

⁩ students spreading hope with their rainbows and messages to keep safe!🌈🌈🌈 https://t.co/V6J7ycIU2C

25/03/20

Our Year 7 and 8 students can continue to access the Accelerated Reader platform from home. Simply follow this link https://t.co/WYncP7KuXL where they are asked to enter their usual login name and password. Thousands of digital books can also be accessed for free (see below). https://t.co/cc6I7W7MkV

24/03/20

We have just posted an update on our website for our Year 11 cohort. Please click here to view: https://t.co/WmcZ42iK7G A copy is also on the way via ParentMail but the system is still running very slowly.

24/03/20

Retweeted From Department of Health and Social Care

A vital update on from : You MUST now: ▶️ Only go out when absolutely necessary for food, medicine, work or exercise ▶️ Always stay 2 metres apart 🚶🏾‍♀️↔️🚶🏾‍♂️ ❌ Do NOT meet others outside your household, even friends and family https://t.co/xTA9ySPND7

24/03/20

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

students up and at it with this morning! What a great start to the day! Share with if you’re joining in at home 🤸🏻‍♂️🏋🏽‍♂️💪🏻 https://t.co/eyFZrgJfW8

22/03/20

Retweeted From Gavin Williamson

You should only send your child to school on Monday if you have to, because your work is critical to our COVID-19 response. If you are able to keep your child at home, you should. https://t.co/n1B1gngVWr

20/03/20

Retweeted From Jon Chaloner

To all our Year 11 students at - we shall miss you. We shall do all we can to help you gain the grades that the final 2 months push would’ve allowed you to achieve. Your learning isn’t wasted.

20/03/20

Please click here to view our latest correspondence from Headteacher, Jeremy Garner https://t.co/SS0HhGObdS. Unfortunately we are still experiencing delays with ParentMail - they will all hit your inbox eventually! https://t.co/n6QGDDCOip

20/03/20

We have created a page on our website with information relating to Free School Meal provision and food banks. If this is relevant for you please click here to read our latest update: https://t.co/FmlsdNpk5q

20/03/20

Please visit our website to view our latest communication relating to the educational provision for children of key workers https://t.co/TuQ5XpBoIU. A copy is also being sent via email, but there will be a delay due to the high volume of traffic on the ParentMail site.

19/03/20

Retweeted From ParentMail By IRIS

Due to unprecedented volumes of school communications today, ParentMail is currently unavailable. Please be assured we understand the critical nature of ParentMail to you and will provide a further update at 8.30pm this evening. https://t.co/KL1FLdPgZ7

19/03/20

*Important Update* We have had to revise our opening plans for tomorrow (Friday). Please click here for details: https://t.co/TuQ5XpjNkk. The ParentMail site is currently undergoing maintenance. A copy of the letter will be sent as soon as it is up and running again.

19/03/20

📢 Parents and carers - an update from the Headteacher and CEO of GLF Schools has just been sent via ParentMail. You can also find copies on our website https://t.co/TuQ5XpBoIU

19/03/20

Our partial closure plans remain in place for today and tomorrow. *Today we are open to students in years 8, 9 and 11 only*. We will update you later today regarding the PM's most recent announcement on school closure and exams. Thank you for your continued support 🌟

18/03/20

📢Dear Parents and Carers, an update relating to the Coronavirus has just been sent via ParentMail and can also be viewed on our website (dated 18 March 2020): https://t.co/TuQ5XpBoIU

17/03/20

Please refer to our letter for full details. Regrettably staff absences have reached a point where we must prioritise lessons for those preparing for public examinations and our youngest cohort of students.

17/03/20

The school will be closed to all students in year 8 and year 9 on Wednesday 18 March. Please refer to our website https://t.co/TuQ5XpBoIU or for further details.

Curriculum Overview

Providing an exciting, challenging and engaging education that enables all students to reach their full potential is a core strategic aim of the school and our curriculum offer plays an integral role in helping us to achieve such a goal. We are conscious that our curriculum must provide the platform to develop in students the knowledge, skills and attributes that will enable them to become active and responsible citizens within a rapidly changing global environment by the time they leave us at 16. Our curriculum model provides a framework for setting out the aims of our educational programme, including the knowledge and understanding to be gained at each stage.

School leaders are responsible for ensuring each curriculum area is well taught and contains appropriately sequenced content, is underpinned by thoughtfully designed assessment practice and consideration is given to an appropriate model of progression. We adopt a ‘knowledge-engaged’ approach whereby lessons are taught within a framework where knowledge underpins and enables the application of skill. We recognise the importance of each subject as an individual discipline, providing students with subject-specific vocabulary and knowledge that allows them to build links and enhance their learning across other areas. Cross-curricular themes and opportunities are clearly sign-posted within programmes of study.

On entry to the school in Year 7, and through into Year 8, we deliver a broad (covers all the experiences deemed important by society) and balanced (subject areas afforded sufficient time on the timetable) curriculum whereby all students are taught English, Mathematics and Science, Spanish, Design Technology, Food and Nutrition, PE, RE, Computing, Geography, History, Music, Drama, Art and PSHE. Key Stage 3 affords students the opportunity to broaden their experience of these subject areas not only within the classroom but also beyond it, such as visiting museums, art galleries, theatres, and other relevant curriculum enrichment activities.  A small proportion of students with identified needs (approximately 10% each year) are provided with additional literacy support instead of learning a modern foreign language. This enables them to make accelerated progress with their literacy skills and improves their access to the mainstream curriculum in Key Stage 4 and beyond.

In September 2017 we moved to a three-year Key Stage 4 whereby students make their option choices at the end of Year 8 rather than Year 9. Their timetable naturally becomes more personalised according to aptitude, preferences and skills but our curriculum offer ensures we maintain the necessary richness, breadth and diversity. All students study the core subjects of English, Mathematics, Science and RE and sit GCSE examinations in each of these curriculum areas, as well as core PE. In addition, students opt for a further four subject areas from a wide range of available courses in which they will take a GCSE exam or equivalent and the three-year pathway allows them to study each of these in depth. All students have equal access to the whole curriculum.

In terms of diversity, this is promoted specifically through our discrete PSHE programme in Key Stage 3, Citizenship as a popular and successful GCSE subject in Key Stage 4 and compulsory RE lessons throughout Years 7-11, including all students sitting a GCSE in the subject at the end of Year 11. 

Careers guidance and support underpins our curriculum offer from the outset in Year 7 and we place a significant emphasis on helping students to explore and learn about their future pathways and options. Opportunities are sign-posted within schemes of work and discrete intervention is provided through small group and one-to-one tutorials with an external provider, annual Careers Fair and well established links with Post-16 providers. We are implementing the Gatsby Benchmarks as a framework for our provision.

Underpinning our curriculum offer is the importance of providing students with the skills, attitudes, beliefs and techniques they need to be able to acquire knowledge most effectively, and continue to learn beyond the time they spend in school. Building a strong character and a sense of moral purpose in our students is a core responsibility so that they have developed the skills necessary to embrace the challenges that lie ahead and participate in society as active citizens.

de Stafford implements a curriculum model based on:

  • a broad and balanced curriculum; one which ensures students follow a wide range of subjects – from Sciences, Arts, Humanities, and Languages – for as long as possible,
  • a curriculum which keeps students’ options open and is led by student choice
  • a wider-curriculum which supports students’ personal development.
  • a curriculum that incorporates a range of qualification routes and is, where appropriate, supported by technical or vocational courses.

More specific details about the subject content taught in the different key stages can be found in the documents below or by contacting relevant class teachers and/or Subject Leaders.

Implementation:

Key Stage 3

Subject

Years 7 & 8

Hours taught per cycle

English 8
Maths 8
Science 6
History 4
Geography 3
Spanish 4
Computing 1
PE 4

Rotation of:

  • Technology - Food
  • Technology - DT
  • Ceramics
  • Additional project
2
Music 2
Art 2
Drama 2
RE 2
PSHE/Citizenship 2

 

Key Stage 4

Subject Notes

Years  9 - 11

Hours taught per cycle

English Language and Literature 8
Maths   8
Science Double award or triple*  8
Core PE   5
RE   2

Core choice - 1 from 

  • History
  • Geography
  • Computer Science
  • Spanish
  5

3 choices from: 

  • History
  • Geography
  • Computer Science
  • Spanish
  • Art
  • Business Studies
  • Design Technology
  • Drama
  • Food Preparation
  • Health and Social Care
  • ICT
  • Media
  • Music
  • PE/BTEC Sports Development
  • Triple Science*
5 each  

 

Key Stage 4 Options Blocks in 2019-20

Blocks are built around student choices.

Year A B C D
Year 9
  • Art
  • Business
  • Citizenship
  • Design & Technology
  • Food Nutrition
  • Health & Social Care
  • Music
  • Drama
  • Design & Technology
  • Food Nutrition
  • Geography
  • History
  • ICT
  • Spanish
  • Business
  • Geography
  • Health & Social Care
  • ICT
  • Media
  • PE
  • Triple Science
  • Art
  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • Geography
  • History
  • Spanish
Year 10
  • Business
  • Design & Technology
  • Food Nutrition
  • History
  • Media
  • Triple Science
  • Business
  • Design & Technology
  • Food Nutrition
  • Geography
  • History 
  • Health & Social Care
  • ICT
  • Music
  • Art
  • Computer Science
  • Geography
  • History
  • PE
  • Spanish
  • Art
  • Business
  • Citizenship
  • Drama
  • Food Nutrition
  • Geography
Year 11
  • Drama
  • Design & Technology
  • Food Nutrition
  • Geography
  • Health & Social Care
  • ICT
  • Art
  • Computer Science
  • Geography
  • History
  • Media
  • Triple Science
  • Business
  • Food Nutrition
  • Geography
  • History
  • Music
  • PE
  • Art
  • Business
  • Citizenship
  • ICT
  • PE
  • Spanish

For further information on the subject specific curriculum journeys please visit our Subjects page.