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10/05/21

Retweeted From YoungMinds

To start , spend 20 minutes having a conversation about mental health with your child. Here are some conversation starters you can use. https://t.co/TYtbRYuLoy

10/05/21

Well done to our Year 9 art students who have been creating some beautiful illustrations of the as part of their development for the project https://t.co/U1nVOJgfLO

07/05/21

Please find a link to our weekly new bulletin for parents and carers: https://t.co/IyaNFgxVdG. We wish all our followers a fantastic weekend! https://t.co/7CdC02dDCD

06/05/21

It's and we are pleased to be able to support with a venue for their today. Email lettings.org.uk for further details on the fantastic spaces we have available for hire! https://t.co/bVQjo3lvKl

05/05/21

All eyes were on Mrs Beale today as she taught her Year 8 Science class about the anatomy of the eye using dissection 👀 https://t.co/1bBqZ77B7Z

30/04/21

Please find a link to our weekly news bulletin: https://t.co/Bh8fInsqcY We wish you all a fantastic bank holiday weekend and look forward to welcoming students back to school on Tuesday! https://t.co/k9RXgSgMu8

30/04/21

Congratulations to Noah Vellacott and Michael Dean (Year 9), joint winners of Caterham Rotary Club’s annual Prix de la Paix award, a competition rewarding a student studying Spanish for an entry written in Spanish on the theme of War and Peace. https://t.co/gGVOVMJfYV

23/04/21

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

Some good technique and excellent distances recorded in Year 8’s first long jump lesson with Mr Henderson this afternoon ☀️ https://t.co/lqHvqtJgBq

21/04/21

📣Year 11 Parents and Carers You should by now have received details of our upcoming Year 11 Parents' and Carers' evening on Wednesday 28 April. The online booking system opens at 6pm this evening. Click here for details: https://t.co/H8acYfLdXS

20/04/21

We're keeping everything crossed we can hold a Prom for our amazing Year 11 cohort this June 🤞Our Student Services team are currently accepting donations of pre-loved occasion wear such as dresses, suits etc for those young people who may be unable to afford to buy new. https://t.co/ePI4cM62GU

20/04/21

It's wonderful to be able to welcome staff and students back today for the start of the Summer term . https://t.co/nGdrpBkJbj

17/04/21

We hope you are all enjoying a wonderful Easter break. Please find a link to an update letter from the Head of School https://t.co/wGNL23WjDz which was also sent via .We look forward to welcoming students back to school on Tuesday 20 April!

01/04/21

Please find a link to our end of term news bulletin: https://t.co/SfbkMNd3gR. We would like to wish the entire de Stafford community a wonderful Easter break and thank you all for your continued support. We look forward to seeing our students return on Tuesday 20 April. https://t.co/4Pb60ZeCuz

31/03/21

YEAR 9 PARENTS' AND CARERS' EVENING 💻 We're really looking forward to speaking to Year 9 parents and carers this evening. Remember there's a helpful 'how to' guide available on our website should you need it! https://t.co/gKhJh5cQBD

31/03/21

A reminder to parents and carers that school finishes at the earlier time of 12:35pm tomorrow for the Easter holidays and students are due to return to school on Tuesday 20 April! https://t.co/pzLEM2nCEx

29/03/21

Retweeted From de Stafford Jenkins Centre

Today is the first day of Keep an eye on our tweets this week to find out everything you need to know and more about https://t.co/Pnh0g9oyyn

29/03/21

What a lovely message to receive first thing on a Monday morning! Parent/carer feedback is always greatly appreciated. If your child is due to join us this September, don't forget to complete the admissions forms which can be found on our website here: https://t.co/d4j1KgowdA https://t.co/FqzXjuw1qx

29/03/21

Appointments are still available for our Year 9 Parents' and Carers' Evening this Wednesday 31 March. The online booking system will close at 9pm this evening. You can find all the information you need on our website here: https://t.co/gKhJh5cQBD https://t.co/e1swICXvxW

26/03/21

Please find a link to our weekly news bulletin https://t.co/QZD6htIvjI. We wish you all a happy and healthy weekend! https://t.co/P4lTZpo8yp

26/03/21

Our Year 9 students enjoyed the team building exercises Mr Harris set for them yesterday. A great effort from all involved! For more information on , please visit our website here: https://t.co/TFIEAwJ7HA https://t.co/IIQhX0AO8G

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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