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29/06/22

On Wednesday 27 July 10am-2pm, de Stafford are offering a pre-loved uniform sale. Uniform will be available for all year groups at a suggested donation of £1+ per item! https://t.co/xwzGazomi0

15/06/22

Retweeted From de Stafford School

Please feel free to pop down and support this important cause and see just how hard our students have been working! https://t.co/FiDjihMWwX

09/06/22

Please feel free to pop down and support this important cause and see just how hard our students have been working! https://t.co/FiDjihMWwX

08/06/22

We are looking forward to welcoming visitors on Thursday 7 July from 5-8pm for our Open Evening! Presentations will take place at 5pm, 6pm and 7pm and tours are available throughout the evening. There is no need to pre-register, so we look forward to seeing you there! https://t.co/3UFjCZRgVE

08/06/22

Our Year 10 Drama students were lucky enough to visit our partners Reigate College today. They had a tour of the Performing Arts facilities and took part in an acting skills workshop, aimed at supporting them with their current assessment unit focused on devising 🎭 https://t.co/CzocmsF5L5

06/06/22

We are extremely proud to announce that de Stafford School has been awarded a "Silver" for our School Games Mark this academic year! 🥳 This is a huge achievement and we would like to thank everyone who put in so much hard work to make this possible 🏅 https://t.co/6Jrbu9t7FG

25/05/22

Our Year 11 Drama students enjoying their last ever lesson making memories❤️🎭 https://t.co/U1XJMKbJYS

20/05/22

The Sewing for Hope Club is on the final leg of the race! We have been crafting, stitching, sewing and embroidering Ukraine products which we will be selling in Caterham Valley after the half term holiday. #StandWithUkraine https://t.co/3RRHYSOH2W

18/05/22

Our Year 10 students had the pleasure of attending a Numeracy at Work Panel hosted by Claire Coutinho, MP for East Surrey, and Rachel Hopcroft, Head of Corporate Affairs at KPMG UK. Thank you for taking your time to come and visit us here at de Stafford School 🙏 https://t.co/50iHlpp3nw

28/04/22

We are pleased to announce that the first batch is ready to sell! The team have been working hard and should be proud of themselves. These will be available to purchase next week from Reception and during lunchtime from Room 45. 🇺🇦 https://t.co/XeQijfygSn

27/04/22

Congratulations to the winners of the Spanish Easter Egg competition run by Miss Fantana 🥳 What absolutely cracking designs you all came up with, well done! 👏 https://t.co/6V0rWpXuTU

26/04/22

"Every stitch is a thought, every thought is a prayer” Students meet every Monday, Wednesday and Friday lunchtime to continue to raise funds for the Ukraine by sewing blue and yellow ribbons together, making badges and friendship bracelets to sell to the community! https://t.co/NsOneuMDwC

21/04/22

📸Tomorrow morning is the Year 11 Group Photograph! Please ensure your child is dressed in full school uniform, adhering to the uniform policy which can be found on our website - https://t.co/NecMtkIwVx This will be a lovely keepsake to look back on in years to come! 📸

01/04/22

It was our Year 9 & 10 Students who received top Attitude to Learning scores this week. They were invited down to celebrate their success over cookies and hot chocolate 🍪☕️ with Mr Place, Head of School. Well done to each and every one of you and keep up the hard work 💪 https://t.co/mIE9QiGlLL

31/03/22

A reminder to parents and carers that the school closes at the earlier time of 12:35pm tomorrow for the Easter break and students will return to school on Tuesday 19 April. https://t.co/8byYS72AHQ

24/03/22

Do you have a passion for reading? 📖 We are looking for adult volunteers to assist students with reading during library lessons, for a minimum of 1 hour every week. If you are interested, please email Natalie Rose: nrose1.org.uk for more details. https://t.co/i8GBaDag0I

23/03/22

Well done to Miss Benjafield’s 10XRE1 class for their debate over the use of excessive weaponry during an RE debate. Students shared some excellent and well thought out views, including historical and modern events. Excellent work year 10! 👏

17/03/22

Today our Year 8 X band students visited The Natural History Museum. It was great to see the students back out on school visits and representing the school in such a positive light. We hope their minds are exploding with new knowledge, ready to take it back to the classroom! 🤯 https://t.co/zZbdcmNZXn

15/03/22

📣YEAR 7 PARENTS' & CARERS' EVENING A reminder that the online booking system goes live at 6pm today for our virtual Year 7 Parents' & Carers' Evening on Wednesday 23rd March. Full details and a user guide can be found our website here https://t.co/KKRH19ZUcF... or in ParentMail. https://t.co/K1ac1uJtNk

14/03/22

📖Reading enthusiasts required! We are looking for adult volunteers to assist students engage with reading during library lessons. If this is something you would be interested in, please email Natalie Rose: nrose1.org.uk

Duke of Edinburgh

At de Stafford School, we are proud to have a strong tradition of running the Duke of Edinburgh award. This year we are offering the Bronze Award for our Year 9 students.

What does DofE mean to your child?

It is a fun adventure and it takes them out of their comfort zone. They have a chance to discover new talents and build strong friendships. They grow in confidence and resilience and develop important skills that colleges and employers are very keen to see in young people. Research says that students with a DofE award are much more likely to get a job in the future and to get a place at college.

The 4 Sections:

  1. Physical - They have to complete a length of time in a physical activity (sport, dance, gym, martial arts etc.)
  2. Skill - They have to complete a length of time learning a new skill (musical instrument, maths leader, photography etc.)
  3. Volunteering - They have to volunteer for a certain length of time (helping at a charity shop, helping younger groups at cubs, guides; taking on some environmental work etc.) We also have some volunteering opportunities around school. It should not be volunteering doing work that other people are paid to do.
  4. The Expedition - They have to complete two expeditions, the practice and the qualifier, where they navigate and walk as a group and camp overnight. This will also involve a relatively large amount of training, both after school and on one Sunday, including camp craft, navigation using a compass and a map, fitness, nutrition, cooking and orienteering. There will also be two practice walks: a short one around Caterham after school and a day walk to practice safety, navigation and team dynamics. All of these events are compulsory for DofE students. Parents will be asked to bring participants to the beginning of these events but collection will usually be from school.

Kit

Kit is expensive so we provide most of the kit you will need for DofE. The Duke of Edinburgh himself is adamant that this is an inclusive award so there is funding for anyone who might qualify for support. Previous injuries or existing conditions should also be no barrier to participating. Special dispensations are regularly given to participants to make the process accessible for all. Here is the Exped kit list that all students will need for the practice and qualifying expeditions. Here is the Day Walk kit list that all students will need for the day walk. 

How to Apply

Please click here to download an application form or see Mr Harris for a hard copy. Students will need to apply, telling us about their previous experience and hobbies, how they intend to complete their skill, volunteering and physical section and why they are ready and should be chosen for this challenge. They will then have an interview. Again, they should prepare for this interview by researching and deciding what they will do for their three sections, (there are some ideas in the links below) and by being ready to explain why they want to do DofE. We will be looking for the following criteria: Enthusiasm for DofE; Organisation of the Sections; Evidence of previous commitment (so whether they are likely to stay the course); Attitude to life. Please practice this with them so that they are more confident. Places are limited so this process will determine if they will get a place or not.

Those who do not get a place can still complete Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award with other providers such as Street Youth Centre Caterham in Caterham Valley or with Surrey Outdoor Learning & Development (SOLD) in Dorking.

With any questions please email Mr Harris at: pharris1@destafford.org.uk

Useful Links

Follow us on Twitter @deStaffordDofE for regular news and updates.

Click here to visit the official Duke of Edinburgh website.

The benefits of 'keeping busy', meeting and working with others and accomplishing new challenges are proven to have positive impact on well being.  Please see the ideas listed within this link on how to broaden experience and have fun.  

We offer our students the opportunity to join the Duke of Edinburgh programme, but there are ideas here available for all young people to engage with to develop their understanding of the world around them and their role within in it.

 

 

Documents

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Programme ideas volunteering 02nd Nov 2021 Download
Programme ideas Physical 1 02nd Nov 2021 Download
DofE Application Form 2021 22 02nd Nov 2021 Download
Programme ideas skills 02nd Nov 2021 Download