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20/07/20

We're extremely proud of all 51 students who participated in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award scheme this year, completing 247 hours of voluntary service to the local community!👏Further info on the scheme can be found on our website here: https://t.co/TFIEAwJ7HA https://t.co/XnTIG43SpC

18/07/20

Refunds are still being processed and should reach you within a week. We apologise for any delay and thank you for your patience.

17/07/20

Hi , yes we will still be picking up emails throughout the holiday.

17/07/20

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

Congratulations to Team Canada 🇨🇦 on a fantastic win today! Well done to all students who took part in the various challenges over this half term, showing character & perseverance! Have a great summer! ☀️🏖🇬🇧🇿🇦🇨🇦 https://t.co/OOaKptfvEz

17/07/20

The most surreal of terms officially draws to a close today. A big heartfelt thank you to the entire community for all the fantastic support and patience you have shown. We wish you a very happy and healthy summer and can't wait to welcome you back in September! https://t.co/Cz1kGQAFJr

17/07/20

Have a great Summer everyone. We look forward to welcoming some of you to in September!

16/07/20

Retweeted From de Stafford DofE

Congratulations to Mr Jones on receiving his certificate for ‘5 years service with The ⁦⁩ Award!’ He has been an enthusiastic leader ⁦⁩ his enthusiasm & passion for the outdoors will be missed, the early wake up calls on expedition...not so much! 👏🏻🏕 https://t.co/LWhhASCMRp

15/07/20

Year 11 - please find an update from Mr Place regarding GCSE Results Day 2020: https://t.co/JUnKVQFnOi. A copy has also been sent to parents/carers via

13/07/20

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

An excellent demonstration from Mr Couch for the team assault course challenge today! https://t.co/LGV9atmPTR

13/07/20

👏🏻 https://t.co/eMBhh2GS1G

11/07/20

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

The Summer Olympics continues ⁦⁩ with Mr Jones getting involved in the 30m sprint today (after an extensive warm-up)! Well done to Tom C in Team GB 🇬🇧 & Ben C in Team Canada 🇨🇦 for the fastest times of the week! 👏🏻👏🏻 https://t.co/faBDRkEUas

10/07/20

Parents and Carers - please find a link to our weekly newsletter https://t.co/TEijR5qEh3. We would like to wish the entire de Stafford community a safe and happy weekend.

09/07/20

Thank you to all the Year 6 families who were able to join us for the online ‘Q and A Meetings’. Please find a recorded version of the presentation with answers to your most commonly asked questions: https://t.co/BZOTBc5aaX

04/07/20

Well done Ella! 👏🏻#proud https://t.co/uO8YHcrDhn

04/07/20

Year 6 Parents & Carers - don't forget to join one of our *Virtual Q&A Meetings* next week! Simply login to Google Classroom on your chosen time and date and follow the meeting link. View our Loom recording for further details: https://t.co/LSj2wUdp2i

03/07/20

We've been very impressed with the work submitted by Year 6 students so far. Don't forget there's a 'Year 7 Taster Task' to be found for every subject via our Google Classroom! https://t.co/vmxBVMxJ5O

03/07/20

👏🏻 go Dylan!! https://t.co/0HR9yevK7I

03/07/20

It's that time of the week again! Please find a link to the newsletter, https://t.co/8fphK6uhcN. A copy is also on the way to parents and carers via Have a safe and happy weekend everybody!

01/07/20

Thank you

30/06/20

Year 6 - please find a welcome video from our Inclusion and SEND team. We can't wait to meet you! https://t.co/btIqDJaqxW

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 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 Implementation (Years 9-11)

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   3
RE   3

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

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

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