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25/09/20

Please find a link to our weekly news bulletin https://t.co/nJZQ77nVCF. We wish you all a safe and happy weekend! https://t.co/RVj86EepUl

23/09/20

Our after school PE Clubs are up and running on a Tuesday (Year 7) and Thursday (Year 8). They cost you nothing and are a great way for your son/daughter to make new friends as well as develop their sporting skills! Click here for further details https://t.co/jBth9Npw65 https://t.co/Qsv6KPRCBA

23/09/20

Parents and carers-please click here https://t.co/KcKCiQf5BZ to view a letter from Public Health England regarding symptoms. https://t.co/iLc0MspqqA

23/09/20

Our new Head of Music, Mrs Gardner, has been teaching our Year 8 students how to play the 12 bar blues in the Music Room today 🎶 If your child is interested in having private instrumental lessons whilst please email catherine.gardner.org.uk for details. https://t.co/6NSSpIRrZt

22/09/20

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

Y7 students working on their shooting today at our 1st netball club! There will be lots of fun games, netball activities & matches so grab a friend and come along! Y7 clubs run on a Tuesday/Y8 on a Thursday. Check out the boards in PE or ask your SAM! https://t.co/Crk2t4R8gM

22/09/20

Thank you to everyone who has already supported the campaign by donating much needed hygiene items for refugees in need. Staff will be at the school gates every morning this week and next, ready to accept your donations.#Moriacamp https://t.co/yarMnpbDSJ

22/09/20

Year 7 Parents/Carers- please find a link to the Year 7 Information Evening presentation https://t.co/dOn2lJ2mOi. We hope you find it helpful! Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions. https://t.co/JNztvEMa6v

22/09/20

An update for our Year 10 and 11 students - please note that the East Surrey College Open Event, due to take place tomorrow, has unfortunately had to be cancelled. https://t.co/Q0Yck990Zu

22/09/20

Click here https://t.co/nMcf3Bg0Em to register your interest in our Virtual Open Event. We look forward to giving you an insight into what makes such a unique and special place to work and learn. https://t.co/uBYBl2rGvl

18/09/20

Please join us for our Virtual Open Event on Thursday 8 October and see what makes such a special place to work and learn. Register your interest here: https://t.co/nMcf3Bg0Em and we’ll let you know as soon as our Virtual Open Event goes live. https://t.co/MqbVXTl9kr

18/09/20

If you would like to join us in supporting the campaign by supplying much needed hygiene items to refugees in need, staff will be at the school gates every morning next week to accept your donations https://t.co/gLfDwX109I

18/09/20

Parents/carers - our weekly news bulletin has just been sent via ParentMail and can also be viewed on our website https://t.co/RCb3EXoOgs. We wish the entire de Stafford community a fantastic weekend! https://t.co/MF1HBCODQx

17/09/20

Retweeted From GLF Schools’ Careers

It's National Teaching Assistant Day! A day to celebrate the wonderful, dedicated teaching assistants we have across the Trust - thank you for everything you do for our children. Want to join them? Click below for more details! https://t.co/lETfMzMUaH

14/09/20

Retweeted From de Stafford Jenkins Centre

How wonderful to be back with our students. Transition groups, Drawing and Talking and social skills all taking place as if we'd never been away.

14/09/20

📢Parents/Carers - please find a link to our weekly news bulletin https://t.co/Hr2yFaJoJy. We will be sending these out every Friday afternoon via and they can also be found on our website here: https://t.co/RCb3EXoOgs https://t.co/O600hYs6Fz

10/09/20

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

First theory lesson for Y9 Sports Studies! Students have been tasked with designing a brand new sport, focusing on rules and regulations ⚽️ 🎾 https://t.co/eWV7noiakj

09/09/20

Retweeted From East Surrey College

🎊 We're still OPEN for enrolments! Undecided on your options? We'd love to have you on a Full-time course! We're welcoming walk-in enrolments, so bring your quals and docs, and get your next steps sorted! ✅ Browse our Full-time courses for inspiration at https://t.co/Z62cY3JDzA https://t.co/q3KIFqu14T

08/09/20

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

We are aware of the delays with Hewitts in delivering PE kit! If you are affected, please don’t panic! Just bring in other appropriate kit (plain black top, black shorts / trackies) until it arrives 🤸🏽‍♂️⛹🏽‍♂️🏓🎾⚽️🏀🏐🏉🥏🥎🥍🏑🥊🤾🏾‍♀️🧘🏼‍♀️🤽🏾‍♂️

07/09/20

We are aware that there is an issue with the Scopay website and some parents/carers have been unable to add funds to their son/daughter's account. Please be assured that ALL students will still be able to purchase food and drink whilst we wait for the issue to be resolved.

04/09/20

We are very excited to welcome all year groups back to school on Monday (on their week 1 timetable). A reminder of the timings: Years 7 - 9: 8:30am to 3:15pm Years 10 and 11: 8:50am (straight to period 1) to 3:35pm (SAM time at end of day). https://t.co/aJo3XhCV2r

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
PSHE/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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