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We are over the moon to announce that we have have raised a whopping £2,364 for Shooting Star Children’s Hospices 💜 Thanks again to all Students, Parents/Carers and Staff who helped to make this possible 🥰#proud


📷 We have vacancies! Please see further information, Job Description and link to the application forms below:


📣We are very excited to announce the date for our 2024 Open Evening! We are looking forward to welcoming visitors on Thursday 4 July from 5-8pm where you will be able to take a tour around the school with one of our amazing student helpers. We look forward to seeing you all!


Wishing all Year 6 students from our local feeder schools and the very best of luck with SATs this week 🫶


Year 11 exams are well underway! This is a crucial time for students, and their dedication and effort will surely pay off. Encouraging them to continue putting their best foot forward will undoubtedly lead to rewarding outcomes. Good luck everyone, you've got this! 🫶🥰


📣 We have vacancies for Exam Invigilators! Please see further information, Job Description and link to the application form below:


What a way to end an amazing Charity Week with a cake sale & 'Massaoke'! Absolutely wonderful to see our whole school community come together as one to sing this afternoon for


Day 1 of Charity Week - Year 7 cake sale! 🍰🧁


Please click here to view our weekly news bulletin: We hope you all have a fantastic weekend!🌞


A huge thank you to Hayley Dawson from Nescot College who delivered an excellent presentation to our Year 9 cohort this morning all about their Post-16 training courses and facilities 👏


Lights... camera... action!! Lots of fun being had getting ready for our first dress rehearsal to local primary schools this morning!!😍


A huge thank you to Sue Taylor from the ALPS Partnership who delivered an excellent presentation to our Year 10 cohort this morning, all about the Apprenticeship Training Pathway👏


Our Year 10 & 11 students have arrived safely in Iceland and are on their way to the first stop!


The Year 11s received their Revision booklets today as part of the ongoing strategy to support our students in their preparation for their exams!


The Year 11s received their Revision booklets today as part of the ongoing strategy to support our students in their preparation for their exams!


Media revision bags at the ready! Media students collected revision bags during Media Club today. Each pack contains: knowledge organisers, fact sheets, WAGOLLS, flash cards, highlighters and pens. Reminder that revision is every Thursday after school in room 45


To celebrate World Book Day, a selection of our Year 7 & 9 students took part in a visit to Woldingham School, to attend an author event hosted by the Carnegie Medal winning author, Sarah Crossan!


Congratulations and welcome to our new Year 7 cohort who will be joining de Stafford School in September 2024. We can't wait to meet you all!


Good Luck to all the Year 6 students and families on 'National Offer Day'!


Canteen staff put on another delicious spread yesterday afternoon as we celebrated Lunar New Year!

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 meeting 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 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. 

Throughout Years 7 and 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. Students are currently offered a degree of curriculum personalisation in Year 9 whilst maintaining a broad, balanced and ambitious curriculum based on the EBacc elements of the National Curriculum. 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 in Key Stage 3) are provided with additional literacy support whilst also maintaining access to 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 terms of diversity, this is promoted specifically through our discrete Personal Development 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, as well as through a comprehensive SAM time programme.

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 sought to highlight career paths within lessons 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 influenced 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 Curriculum Model below, the attached Curriculum Maps or by contacting relevant class teachers and/or Subject Leaders.


Curriculum Model

Hours per fortnight

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Year 9 Curriculum Personalisation

Students have the opportunity to tailor their Year 9 curriculum through the Curriculum Personalisation Process.Three subjects are chosen from the original Year 7/8 subjects with the addition of Business Studies, Citizenship, Media Studies, Creative iMedia and Sports Studies/PE. (3hrs each)

GCSE Options

Students are supported in selecting their Key Stage 4 courses (which start in Year 10) via a detailed Options Process. All students study History or Geography (they can ultimately study both). 

Students follow one of three pathways for GCSE in order to make their subject choices:

  • Pathway 1 – study Spanish plus two options
  • Pathway 2 – three options
  • Pathway 3 – Additional Core plus two options

Students are encouraged to choose subjects they have studied in Year 9 as they will have the best educational grounding for success in these subjects. (5hrs each)

Year 11 (2023/24) are following a legacy process: 4 subjects chosen (5hrs each) with one from History, Geography, Spanish, or Computer Science.




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Year 7 Curriculum Maps 2023 2024 14th Mar 2024 Download
Year 8 Curriculum Maps 2023 2024 25th Jan 2024 Download
Year 9 Curriculum Maps 2023 2024 25th Jan 2024 Download
Year 10 Curriculum Maps 2023 2024 25th Jan 2024 Download
Year 11 Curriculum Maps 2023 2024 25th Jan 2024 Download