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06/03/21

It's not too late to collect your free Back to School stationery pack, we'll be in Church Walk until midday. Thank you and for your support. https://t.co/xVdfCOiwWi

04/03/21

It's ! Check out our virtual library for more info and to download your £1 book token: https://t.co/2AfKHrs9Uz Can you guess which famous character Miss Rose has dressed up as today? https://t.co/MHI8cQCDct

03/03/21

Parents and Carers - please find a link to a comprehensive guide to your son/daughter’s return to school this month https://t.co/pIzkcGkTC3. We hope it will answer any outstanding questions you may have.

02/03/21

Parents and Carers-we have sent a letter via with details of the first round of Rapid Testing next week. You can also view the letters on our website here: https://t.co/kUlMSrA2Ff... Please do email us at covid-testing.org.uk with any queries. Thank you. https://t.co/nhUBwyR70T

02/03/21

A massive well done to everyone who entered our half term Illusion Cake competition, we think you'll agree we have some very talented cake makers ! Congratulations to Lily (7HHI) for her winning Pineapple cake and Joshua (7KBA) and Charlotte (9SOB) our runners up! 👏 https://t.co/OaesMzQjnW

01/03/21

Good luck to all the families who are receiving their secondary school offers today 🤞 A big warm welcome to the Year 6 students who will be joining the family in September. You'll be hearing from us very soon, we can't wait to meet you! https://t.co/lOvlZ148BC

26/02/21

Please find a link to our weekly news bulletin containing some important updates: https://t.co/WvU6VnJWEG. As ever, please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions. Have a wonderful weekend!

26/02/21

We will be offering some free packs of stationery items to our local Caterham families (secondary aged and primary aged students) to ensure that young people are ready to access their learning when they return to the school site in March https://t.co/gVxoNKChyy

25/02/21

Year 8 Parents and Carers A reminder that the Options deadline is Friday 5 March. Please visit our website for further information on submitting your child's subject choices: https://t.co/TQmCdfN0lM and email options.org.uk with any questions! https://t.co/kcFt2P2sC0

24/02/21

📢Parents and Carers Please click here for an update further to the recent government announcement https://t.co/c8RK9wMrJT. We've also sent you a copy via . Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions! https://t.co/wmjFiGzfhB

12/02/21

Please find a link to our end of half term news bulletin: https://t.co/8iGPM3nTci. You will also find a host of Remote Learning guides and info on our website here: https://t.co/7Jf4MFAHD3 We wish you all a wonderful half term break and thank you for your continued support.🌟

09/02/21

We're extremely grateful for the feedback we continue to receive from our students and parents/carers. As ever, if you have any ideas or comments then please do email us at headteacher.org.uk, we'd love to hear from you! https://t.co/4C1F48z6PP

05/02/21

Parents and Carers-please find a link to our weekly news bulletin :https://t.co/9aTlciUCfE. We also wanted to share with you this lovely poem which Katie M in Year 7 wrote in her recent PATHS lesson. https://t.co/ubHIAl2DXK

04/02/21

Year 7 have been studying Greek Theatre in their Drama lessons and this week they had a go at creating their own masks. Great effort Year 7! 👏#Drama https://t.co/lmdBBK0CgA

03/02/21

🌟Year 8 Parents & Carers🌟 A reminder that the Parents' & Carers' Evening online booking system is open from 6.00pm tonight and will close at 9.00pm on 8 February 2021. Bookings should be made via https://t.co/NhKOWkOqoY. See our website for more info: https://t.co/GD3vU80CsR

02/02/21

Please visit our website or see for information relating to our upcoming (virtual) Year 8 Parents' and Carers' Evening: https://t.co/GD3vU80CsR https://t.co/TFejxTuJqf

01/02/21

We are very grateful for all the feedback and support we receive from students, parents and carers as we navigate these unprecedented times. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you ever have any questions or concerns. https://t.co/weBR7pfQok

01/02/21

Thank you to the who will be providing virtual online safety presentations to our Year 7 students during period 1 today and tomorrow. https://t.co/jCZ6veMU2f

31/01/21

A reminder we will be operating an adjusted student timetable from tomorrow (Mon 1 Feb) as below. Please see our latest news bulletin for further detail. https://t.co/CJj7APceER

27/01/21

Thank you to Kiara in Year 8 for this inspirational piece of poetry. We felt it was too good not to share! 👏#deStaffordProud https://t.co/OkS681AJyN

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 2020-21

Key Stage 4 Options Blocks in 2019-20

Blocks are built around student choices.

Year A B C D
Year 9
  • 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 10
  • 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 11
  • 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

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