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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

03/09/20

We are really looking forward to welcoming back our Year 8-11 students tomorrow. Please check our website for a reminder of the assembly/arrival timings for each year group. https://t.co/aJo3XhCV2r

03/09/20

Our Year 7 cohort have made a fantastic start today🌟 They've been enjoying some taster lessons and tours of the school, as well as getting to know their SAM (Social Academic Mentor) groups. It's wonderful to have students back in our classrooms again. https://t.co/QgnHtBW2au

02/09/20

We are very excited to welcome our Year 7 students to tomorrow for their induction. We'll be ready and waiting to welcome them at the gates at 8:30am! https://t.co/PkGUxqVWqG

01/09/20

Parents & Carers - we have just sent you (via ) an updated version of the 'Parental Guide for September Return' which includes the school’s guidance on face coverings. This can also be found on our website here: https://t.co/aJo3XhCV2r

20/08/20

We are extremely proud of all of our Year 11 students and wish them well as they move onto the next phase of their education with our full support and best wishes. Follow the link to our website to hear from Headteacher, Mr Garner on . https://t.co/9Byyxg8hkC https://t.co/oAETZuVXN1

20/08/20

We look forward to seeing our Year 11 students today and wish you all the very best as you collect your GCSE results. The community is proud of each and every one of you.

19/08/20

Message for our Year 11 students (and parents/carers) Please find a link to a letter from Mr Place regarding your GCSE Results https://t.co/kafmOml4Fl. We look forward to seeing you in school tomorrow within your designated time slot.

20/07/20

We're extremely proud of all 51 students who participated in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award scheme this year, completing 247 hours of voluntary service to the local community!👏Further info on the scheme can be found on our website here: https://t.co/TFIEAwJ7HA https://t.co/XnTIG43SpC

18/07/20

Refunds are still being processed and should reach you within a week. We apologise for any delay and thank you for your patience.

Mathematics

Head of Department: Ogechi Dowdie
email: ogechi.dowdie@destafford.org.uk  

The Mathematics Department is a dedicated team working together to put mathematical understanding at the heart of the school.

Key Stage 3 Maths

Students study Maths for 4 hours per week in Year 7 and 8. It is one of the core subjects that follow directly on from the primary school curriculum. The skills, methods and application of skills learnt at Key Stage 3 develop understanding and confidence, to prepare students for the GCSE curriculum.

Students are set from the beginning of Year 7 based on data from primary schools and our own baseline assessments.  Setting is reviewed twice a year, with a focus on placing students where they are confident and secure to enable them to make the optimum progress.

Extra-curricular opportunities include the Junior Maths Challenge in Year 8, and Maths Master classes held at the University of Surrey.

Year 7 and 8​

In year 7 and 8 students follow the ’Mastering Numeracy’ program.  This program of study is used to target and overcome the evident numerical challenges that students face when studying for their GCSE’s.

This approach focuses on students being challenged (at a level appropriate to the student) by considering mathematical representations that depict the underlying structure of mathematics.  This helps children to fully grasp concepts and achieve fluency through carefully structured problem solving tasks, questions and exercises that use theoretical and practical variation.  Progressively, it provides a solid understanding of numeracy and develops conceptual reasoning and procedural fluency.

Key areas in the ’Mastering Numeracy’ program include influences from Number, Algebra, Shape and Data.

Key Stage 4 Maths

Maths is a core subject at GCSE. Employers and further education institutions expect students to hold at least a C grade (Grade 5 from 2017) as an indicator of their numeracy and readiness for further study or work.

In Year 9, 10 and 11 students study Maths for 4 hours per week. They will continue to develop and will move on to applying the skills and knowledge they have developed at Key Stage 3, working to even higher levels of challenge and difficulty.

Assessment is entirely through examination at the end of the three years of study. We follow the Edexcel specification. Students are entered for either Foundation (grades C-G, or 5-1) or Higher tier exams (grades A*-C, or 9-4), according to how well they perform.

Year 9 and 10

Year 9 and 10 are opportunities to consolidate and develop the ideas from KS3.

More advanced topics at GCSE level include:

• Number -limits of accuracy, repeated percentage change

• Algebra- quadratic equations, advanced formulae

• Shape - Pythagoras, combined transformations, loci

• Data - cumulative frequency, box plots and averages of grouped data

Year 11

During Year 11 the students working towards the higher-level GCSE will encounter the most challenging Maths so far. Students working towards the foundation GCSE will continue to embed and develop the skills from Year 9, 10 and KS3.

• Number – Direct and inverse proportion

• Algebra – Simultaneous equations and algebraic fractions

• Shape – Volume and surface area of cones and spheres

• Data - Histograms and stratified sampling