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27/07/21

It's wonderful to be able to run a for our lovely new Year 7 cohort this week. Thank you to our fabulous team of dedicated staff and Year 10 students who have made it possible. https://t.co/4nvkL92tHb

27/07/21

📣VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED Schools have been asked to carry out on-site asymptomatic Covid-19 testing for students when they return to school in September. If you would like to support with the testing process, please click here: https://t.co/GibZEHYhB1 https://t.co/VOhfvsoXmw

27/07/21

VACANCY: PART TIME ATTENDANCE ASSISTANT We offer an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated administrator to join our dedicated and friendly school Attendance team. Please visit our website for a full job description and application form: https://t.co/a0nZBQXt3m https://t.co/Jc8ACvl3rF

26/07/21

📣EXCLUSIVE 10% HEWITTS OF CROYDON DISCOUNT CODE We are pleased to advise that are offering de Stafford School parents and carers a one off 10% discount on school uniform which can be used online (Code DS10) or in-store on Friday 30th July 2021 ONLY.

16/07/21

Please find a link to our end of term news bulletin for parents and carers, which includes details of our plans for the September return: https://t.co/eDueSiYcsA We wish the entire de Stafford community a wonderful Summer and thank you for all your support. https://t.co/M8X4ofBWyg

16/07/21

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

What a fantastic day at Sports Day yesterday! Well done to everyone involved 💪 https://t.co/pRk1kl4GD1

16/07/21

📣A quick reminder to our parents and carers that the school closes at 12:35pm today. Details regarding our September return will be published in the bulletin which will be sent via ParentMail later today.

13/07/21

Great seeing the de Stafford DofE campers in action # There is no I in Team

12/07/21

Throughout this week we will be holding Celebration Assemblies for each year group to mark their achievements. Today is the turn of Year 7, led by their Head of Year, Miss Cronin. Well done to you all for making such a fantastic start to your journey with us. https://t.co/SD8IVyP2WD

12/07/21

Congratulations to our Bronze participants who successfully passed their expedition - we're very proud of you all. A big thank you to the brilliant team of staff who supported them along the way.👏 https://t.co/Ud5NziMnY2

09/07/21

Please find a link to our weekly bulletin for parents and carers: https://t.co/MsnBmzqKZP We wish all our followers a fantastic weekend! https://t.co/HS1BCQUEkX

09/07/21

Good luck to our next group of Year 9 students who have just set off on their expedition. A big thank you to all the dedicated staff supporting them - we hope you all have a fantastic time! https://t.co/YDCxiUt5rL

09/07/21

Our wonderful team of prefects have met this morning to review and respond to our recent Student Wellbeing Survey and begin planning for their first Student Council meeting in September. We're excited to see what they achieve! https://t.co/VGAAZS2NGr

06/07/21

Parents and Carers - please refer to ParentMail for details of the 'Student Helper' roles we have available at our upcoming Open Evening on the 16 September. Click here to consent to your son/daughter taking part: https://t.co/GtetrGQkGo https://t.co/dDzdyiNX5Z

03/07/21

Retweeted From de Stafford DofE

What’s better than cooking on an open fire on a summers eve? There were noodles aplenty with this bunch. 🦆 🦝 👦 https://t.co/nNCO9fUX0t

02/07/21

Please find a link to the weekly news bulletin for our parents and carers : https://t.co/EKJI5DTAVD We wish you all a fantastic weekend!

02/07/21

They're off! Good luck to our participants as they head out on their first expedition today. We hope you have lots of fun! https://t.co/sCEj4bQK6d

30/06/21

This morning we held a Rewards Assembly for our Year 8 students who earned over 100 achievement points last term. Our Senior Leadership Team were delighted to hand out so many certificates and vouchers! Well done Year 8!!👏 https://t.co/8SmV1gkYnu

29/06/21

We hope our Year 10 students have a fantastic 'Taster Day' at our partner college . A reminder for parents/carers that students are expected at the college by 12:30pm and will be dismissed at 3:15pm. https://t.co/qQPT8tWb4Z

25/06/21

Please find a link to our weekly news bulletin for parents and carers dated 25 June 2021: https://t.co/39km4azpy1. A copy has also been sent to you via ParentMail. We wish you all a wonderful weekend! https://t.co/OFUnCaOBlY

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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