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18/05/22

Our Year 10 students had the pleasure of attending a Numeracy at Work Panel hosted by Claire Coutinho, MP for East Surrey, and Rachel Hopcroft, Head of Corporate Affairs at KPMG UK. Thank you for taking your time to come and visit us here at de Stafford School 🙏 https://t.co/50iHlpp3nw

28/04/22

We are pleased to announce that the first batch is ready to sell! The team have been working hard and should be proud of themselves. These will be available to purchase next week from Reception and during lunchtime from Room 45. 🇺🇦 https://t.co/XeQijfygSn

27/04/22

Congratulations to the winners of the Spanish Easter Egg competition run by Miss Fantana 🥳 What absolutely cracking designs you all came up with, well done! 👏 https://t.co/6V0rWpXuTU

26/04/22

"Every stitch is a thought, every thought is a prayer” Students meet every Monday, Wednesday and Friday lunchtime to continue to raise funds for the Ukraine by sewing blue and yellow ribbons together, making badges and friendship bracelets to sell to the community! https://t.co/NsOneuMDwC

21/04/22

📸Tomorrow morning is the Year 11 Group Photograph! Please ensure your child is dressed in full school uniform, adhering to the uniform policy which can be found on our website - https://t.co/NecMtkIwVx This will be a lovely keepsake to look back on in years to come! 📸

01/04/22

It was our Year 9 & 10 Students who received top Attitude to Learning scores this week. They were invited down to celebrate their success over cookies and hot chocolate 🍪☕️ with Mr Place, Head of School. Well done to each and every one of you and keep up the hard work 💪 https://t.co/mIE9QiGlLL

31/03/22

A reminder to parents and carers that the school closes at the earlier time of 12:35pm tomorrow for the Easter break and students will return to school on Tuesday 19 April. https://t.co/8byYS72AHQ

24/03/22

Do you have a passion for reading? 📖 We are looking for adult volunteers to assist students with reading during library lessons, for a minimum of 1 hour every week. If you are interested, please email Natalie Rose: nrose1.org.uk for more details. https://t.co/i8GBaDag0I

23/03/22

Well done to Miss Benjafield’s 10XRE1 class for their debate over the use of excessive weaponry during an RE debate. Students shared some excellent and well thought out views, including historical and modern events. Excellent work year 10! 👏

17/03/22

Today our Year 8 X band students visited The Natural History Museum. It was great to see the students back out on school visits and representing the school in such a positive light. We hope their minds are exploding with new knowledge, ready to take it back to the classroom! 🤯 https://t.co/zZbdcmNZXn

15/03/22

📣YEAR 7 PARENTS' & CARERS' EVENING A reminder that the online booking system goes live at 6pm today for our virtual Year 7 Parents' & Carers' Evening on Wednesday 23rd March. Full details and a user guide can be found our website here https://t.co/KKRH19ZUcF... or in ParentMail. https://t.co/K1ac1uJtNk

14/03/22

📖Reading enthusiasts required! We are looking for adult volunteers to assist students engage with reading during library lessons. If this is something you would be interested in, please email Natalie Rose: nrose1.org.uk

14/03/22

📣VACANCIES: CLEANER & PART TIME RECEPTIONIST (MORNINGS ONLY) Are you looking for a new job role? We have some fantastic job opportunities opening up here at de Stafford School🥳 For full job descriptions and details of how to apply, please click here: https://t.co/CCJg56EblN https://t.co/0ddrKKPNN0

02/03/22

This morning Mr Place, Head of School, had the pleasure of meeting with some of our Year 7 students who have recently received top Attitude to Learning scores! 🤩 They gave some really positive feedback and enjoyed a hot chocolate and a cookie to celebrate their success! 🍪☕️ https://t.co/BsJnhtgAhS

01/03/22

Good Luck to all the Year 6 students and families on 'National Offer Day'! 🤞 We extend a very warm welcome to all those families whose children have been offered a place here at de Stafford - we very much look forward to you joining our wonderful school community! 🥳 https://t.co/bxxupLHntT

25/02/22

We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who donated to our collection for the Caterham Food Bank over the last couple of weeks and supported our local community. https://t.co/IwjZUiiZzV

11/02/22

Please find a link to a bumper edition of our weekly news bulletin:- https://t.co/K8hzXLlz11. We wish you all a wonderful half term break and look forward to welcoming students back to school on Monday 21 February (on a week 1 timetable). https://t.co/2WCBrkvZ23

11/02/22

We have a fantastic administrative vacancy within our friendly and efficient Student Services team. For a full job description and details of how to apply, please click here: https://t.co/sqQrABohQg https://t.co/tA4d5qgqYr

02/02/22

We look forward to welcoming Year 10 parents and carers to our study skills seminar at 6pm this evening. Students are welcome to join us too, should they wish to reinforce what they have learnt in school today (no uniform required). https://t.co/aUpuIeCGRK

02/02/22

📣YEAR 8 PARENTS' & CARERS' EVENING The online appointment system ( ) will open at 6pm today for our virtual Year 8 Parents' & Carers' Evening on the 9th February. Full details and a user guide can be found our website here https://t.co/KXC8HNa3ei or in ParentMail https://t.co/bgop5AM6LW

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 Implementation Tables below, the attached Curriculum Maps or by contacting relevant class teachers and/or Subject Leaders.

 

Key Stage 3 Implementation (Years 7 & 8)

Key Stage 3

Subject

Years 7 & 8

Hours taught per cycle

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

Rotation of:

  • Technology - Food
  • Technology - DT
  • Ceramics
  • Additional project
2hrs
Music 2hrs
Art 2hrs
Drama 2hrs
RE 2hrs
PATHS (People Attitudes, Tolerance, Health, Self Esteem) /Citizenship 2hrs

Key Stage 4 Implementation (Years 9-11)

Key Stage 4

Subject Notes

Years  9 - 11

Hours taught per cycle

English Language and Literature 8hrs  (Year 11- 9hrs)
Maths   8hrs (Year 11 - 9hrs)
Science Double award or triple*  8hrs (Year 9 - 7hrs)
Core PE  

Year 9 - 5hrs

Year 10 - 3hrs

Year 11 - 1hr

RE   3hrs (Year 9 - 2hrs)

Core choice - 1 from 

  • History
  • Geography
  • Computer Science
  • Spanish
  5hrs

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
  5hrs each

Key Stage 4 Options Blocks in 2021-22

Key Stage 4 Options Blocks in 2021-22

Blocks are built around student choices.

Year

A

B

C

D

Year 9

  • Business
  • Drama
  • Design & Technology
  • Food & Nutrition
  • Geography
  • Health & Social Care
  • Spanish
  • Art
  • Computer Science
  • Citizenship
  • Drama
  • Design & Technology
  • Geography
  • History
  • Music
  • Sports Studies/PE
  • Art
  • Business
  • Food & Nutrition
  • Geography
  • History
  • Sports Studies/PE
  • Triple Science
  • Business
  • Geography
  • History
  • Health & Social Care
  • ICT (iMedia)
  • Media
  • Spanish

Year 10

  • Citizenship
  • Design & Technology
  • Food & Nutrition
  • Geography
  • History
  • ICT (iMedia)
  • Sports Studies/PE
  • Art
  • Business
  • Drama
  • Geography
  • History
  • ICT (iMedia)
  • Triple Science
  • Art
  • Business
  • Geography
  • Health & Social Care
  • Media
  • Spanish
  • Sports Studies/PE
  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • Design & Technology
  • Food & Nutrition
  • Geography
  • History
  • Health & Social Care
  • Music

Year 11

  • 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

Documents

Page Downloads Date  
Year 7 Curriculum Maps 2021 2022 23rd Mar 2022 Download
Year 8 Curriculum Maps 2021 2022 23rd Mar 2022 Download
Year 9 Curriculum Maps 2021 2022 23rd Mar 2022 Download
Year 10 Curriculum Maps 2021 2022 24th Mar 2022 Download
Year 11 Curriculum Maps 2021 2022 23rd Mar 2022 Download