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22/10/21

Please find a link to our weekly news bulletin: https://t.co/VlUgcHCzRm We would like to wish all of our staff, students and their families a wonderful half term break! https://t.co/QlhifjxDV0

22/10/21

We're grateful to the for visiting us this morning to speak to our Year 7 cohort about the importance of online safety. https://t.co/btuBLasFRO

22/10/21

A big thank you to Caterham based, Football Fever Academy, for running the after-school coaching session for our girls football team yesterday. It was lovely to hear how engaged and focused the girls were and a "credit to the school with bags of potential" 😀👏 https://t.co/OiFsK51SrO

21/10/21

Retweeted From Pathway CTM

Calling all Yr 11 students & parents across Surrey. There is still time to register onto the event today 🙌🏼 Hear all about your Post16 options and have your questions answered. https://t.co/z7swHMBgHZ

15/10/21

Please find a link to our weekly news bulletin for our parents and carers: https://t.co/L3QPWOuL0y We would like to wish all of our followers a fantastic weekend and look forward to welcoming students back into school on Monday! https://t.co/cMuE34uRNH

14/10/21

A big thank you to the Drama team from who visited our Year 11 students yesterday to help inspire and develop their final devised performances. We're very proud of our students who behaved impeccably and demonstrated great enthusiasm to try something new. https://t.co/4oMxV13Ajb

13/10/21

What a beautiful, bright autumn day here at de Stafford! 🍂 We are very fortunate to have lots of lovely outdoor space for our students to enjoy at breaktime. https://t.co/8H34FeqnkL

06/10/21

We look forward to seeing parents/carers at our Year 9 Information Evening at 5.30pm today,in the Main Hall. There will be an opportunity to hear from Subject Leads from English, Maths and Science, learn more about how we track attainment plus an introduction to https://t.co/9yaHV883Bs

06/10/21

VACANCY - DEPUTY SITE MANAGER We are looking to appoint a reliable and efficient Deputy Site Manager to help maintain and oversee the school site. Please see the school website for further information and an application form https://t.co/a0nZBQFREM https://t.co/x1e86e9XSZ

04/10/21

What a wonderful turn out for the first KS3 Science Club of the term! Students enjoyed planting a selection of bulbs and made friends with a few worms and centipedes too! Science club runs from 3:15 - 4:15pm every Thursday, meeting in Room 113. https://t.co/6cFSszE3hT

01/10/21

Our Macmillan Coffee Morning raised a fantastic £900 for . This is testament to the hard work and efforts of the entire community. A huge heartfelt thank you to everyone who supported us and all the students who baked and helped out on the day! https://t.co/86AVupIT1y

28/09/21

We wanted to share with you this lovely piece of artwork created by visitors to our Open Evening earlier this month. It will be proudly displayed in the school very soon! School Tours are still available to book via our website here: https://t.co/STT4axSndD https://t.co/L8v9VgwMjS

28/09/21

Retweeted From Freedom Leisure - de Stafford Sports Centre

FREE Move to Improve dance and wellbeing workshops for young people of all ages. Move. Dance. Mental well being and Mindfulness. In Studio 2. Every Tuesday from 4pm -5.15pm. Starts 28th September for 8 weeks. Join anytime. Email info.co.uk to book https://t.co/P5aImXqwgG

24/09/21

Please find a link to our weekly news bulletin for parents and carers https://t.co/W4zDiyXUf3 which includes the winners of our 'Bake Off' competition and some pictures from today's very successful event. Thank you again to everybody who supported us 🍰. https://t.co/NqOetbkdCT

24/09/21

Thank you to our outstanding partner colleges, and Reigate College for visiting our Year 11 cohort this morning! https://t.co/0z5t0xSjLS

24/09/21

A big heartfelt thank you to everyone who has donated cakes for our event today. We are so impressed! We look forward to welcoming visitors between 11am and 12pm for a slice of cake and a cup of coffee (or two). https://t.co/twPlVZQA5R

22/09/21

Parents and carers are warmly invited to join us at our Coffee Morning between 11am and 12pm this Friday in aid of . Thank you in advance to all the students who are baking cakes in support of this very worthwhile cause. https://t.co/DwoxqD3oIG

22/09/21

SCIENCE TECHNICIAN VACANCY (TERM TIME ONLY) We offer an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated technician to provide focussed and effective support to the Science Department. Visit our website for further details: https://t.co/1lVchWZQJq https://t.co/5c0QHqZBe5

17/09/21

Please find a link to our weekly news bulletin for parents and carers: https://t.co/SDs21cVesA We would like to wish all of our followers a wonderful weekend! https://t.co/lokIWOS4nb

16/09/21

Our staff and students are very much looking forward to welcoming visitors from 5pm this evening. Presentations from our Executive Headteacher and Head of School will take place at 5pm, 6pm and 7pm and tours of the school are available from 5-8pm. https://t.co/isiRHkntqI

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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