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01/06/20

Retweeted From de Stafford DofE

In I want to say a BIG thank you to all the staff ⁦⁩ who support our delivery of ⁦⁩ It wouldn’t happen without you! Our students have been volunteering for charities, community work, fundraising, coaching & more! 👏🏻 https://t.co/78eGszjrks

31/05/20

📣Parents and Carers A reminder that tomorrow (Monday 1 June) is an INSET day and the school will be closed to all children, including children of key workers.

22/05/20

Please click here to view our weekly newsletter https://t.co/bsmLBrZO4K. We would like to wish the entire community a happy and healthy half term break and thank you for your continued support. https://t.co/d8hMyS9DFb

21/05/20

📣Parents/Carers - please find a link to an update from the Headteacher regarding plans for after half term https://t.co/tkfVqljKil. The letter includes a link to a survey for our Year 10 parents/carers. Please do complete this if you can-your feedback is very important to us!

20/05/20

It's National Thank a Teacher Day! We're grateful to all our staff who continue to work tirelessly to support our students, whether in school or at home. If you would like to send a free, e-card to a member of staff , please click here: https://t.co/cBakyny0ky.

13/05/20

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

Great to see Year 7 students completing the handstand workout at home! Well done Zac, Charlie and Max 👏 https://t.co/vP7hxg4ech

13/05/20

📣Parents & Carers please find an update from the CEO of GLF Schools https://t.co/5bVb0mcGDu . We will continue to keep you updated via ParentMail and our social media pages. If you have any feedback or questions in the mean time, please email headteacher.org.uk

11/05/20

Parents/carers please refer to for further information on how your son/daughter can access these fascinating this week. https://t.co/ZbPhzluN39

10/05/20

Retweeted From GLF Schools

Following the PM’s briefing, we await further details from the DfE & our LAs. We will share information as soon as we are able. Please be assured our priority remains the safety of children & students, their families & our staff.

08/05/20

Will you be celebrating today? Below are some ideas for how you can safely celebrate the 75th Anniversary of with a 'Stay at Home Street Party'. Thank you to the students who designed these beautiful flags whilst in school this week. https://t.co/xBNBpwgsRt

07/05/20

Retweeted From de Stafford Jenkins Centre

Today's Jenkins centre challenge is for the long weekend. Create a board game and play it with your family. It can have any theme you like and be as creative as you like. We will play it in the Jenkins Centre when we return

07/05/20

Parents/carers - please find a link to our weekly newsletter https://t.co/pMN2ypWWxe which has also been sent via . We hope you are all managing to stay safe and well.

05/05/20

Retweeted From de Stafford Jenkins Centre

Here are some of our student's pictures from the weekend challenge. Love these https://t.co/wPTzfpT8ZH

05/05/20

Our team have been setting some fantastic daily challenges on their Twitter account which are suitable for all children to access (see today's example below). Give them a follow and please share your pictures with us! https://t.co/vyJqdhzs60

01/05/20

Parents and carers - please find a link to the weekly newsletter from Headteacher, Jeremy Garner https://t.co/F43KW6ewX9. A copy has also been sent via ParentMail.

30/04/20

Parents/carers - if your financial circumstances have recently changed, your child may now be eligible for free school meals. Click this link https://t.co/bTATeqwL6g to find the qualifying criteria and an online application form.

30/04/20

Retweeted From de Stafford Jenkins Centre

Such a lovely day chatting to students on the phone. Great to hear about their baking, gardening activities, games and the adventures they have been having. Looking forward to seeing them again

28/04/20

Please join us in a one minute silence at 11am today, remembering those key workers, including teachers and school staff, who have lost their lives to https://t.co/SUanLTAmgE

27/04/20

Please find a link to a letter which contains some very sad news regarding Mrs Muir, a much loved Learning Support Assistant here at de Stafford School https://t.co/Xi327JMSSA https://t.co/c4Kcj8SfBP

24/04/20

Parents/carers our weekly news bulletin is available to view here https://t.co/FQ2nemTVPu or via ParentMail. We wish all our followers a safe and enjoyable weekend. Thanks to Bethany B in Year 7 for this lovely poem about https://t.co/DEZDhXK2PG

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 documents below or by contacting relevant class teachers and/or Subject Leaders.

Implementation:

Key Stage 3

Subject

Years 7 & 8

Hours taught per cycle

English 8
Maths 8
Science 6
History 4
Geography 3
Spanish 4
Computing 1
PE 4

Rotation of:

  • Technology - Food
  • Technology - DT
  • Ceramics
  • Additional project
2
Music 2
Art 2
Drama 2
RE 2
PSHE/Citizenship 2

 

Key Stage 4

Subject Notes

Years  9 - 11

Hours taught per cycle

English Language and Literature 8
Maths   8
Science Double award or triple*  8
Core PE   3
RE   3

Core choice - 1 from 

  • History
  • Geography
  • Computer Science
  • Spanish
  5

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*
5 each  

 

Key Stage 4 Options Blocks in 2019-20

Blocks are built around student choices.

Year A B C D
Year 9
  • 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 10
  • 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
Year 11
  • Drama
  • Design & Technology
  • Food Nutrition
  • Geography
  • Health & Social Care
  • ICT
  • Art
  • Computer Science
  • Geography
  • History
  • Media
  • Triple Science
  • Business
  • Food Nutrition
  • Geography
  • History
  • Music
  • PE
  • Art
  • Business
  • Citizenship
  • ICT
  • PE
  • Spanish

For further information on the subject specific curriculum journeys please visit our Subjects page.