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03/07/20

We've been very impressed with the work submitted by Year 6 students so far. Don't forget there's a 'Year 7 Taster Task' to be found for every subject via our Google Classroom! https://t.co/vmxBVMxJ5O

03/07/20

👏🏻 go Dylan!! https://t.co/0HR9yevK7I

03/07/20

It's that time of the week again! Please find a link to the newsletter, https://t.co/8fphK6uhcN. A copy is also on the way to parents and carers via Have a safe and happy weekend everybody!

01/07/20

Thank you

30/06/20

Year 6 - please find a welcome video from our Inclusion and SEND team. We can't wait to meet you! https://t.co/btIqDJaqxW

29/06/20

Y6 Parents and Carers please join us for a virtual meeting about your son/daughter's transition to . A ParentMail is on the way with further details. Thank you to Maisie and Connor in Year 7 for helping us create this video! 👏https://t.co/LSj2wUdp2i

29/06/20

Year 11 Parents and Carers - don't forget to order your son/daughters Leavers' Hoodie (via Scopay) by this Friday 3 July! https://t.co/3fYrCIa7nb

27/06/20

Would you like to join the team? We have fantastic positions available in our Finance and Learning Support teams. For further info and an application form please visit the vacancies section of our website https://t.co/1lVchWIfRS https://t.co/i5PpJ7PbmV

26/06/20

Our weekly newsletter is on its way via . You can also view it here https://t.co/BsYXpN4DJQ . We would like to wish the entire community a safe and happy weekend!

26/06/20

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

As the Summer Olympics ⁦⁩ continues, Callum kicks a great conversion to achieve 5 points for Team GB!! 👏🏻 🏉 🇬🇧 https://t.co/CXxdoA1Mxi

26/06/20

Retweeted From GLF Schools

Today is the official leaving day for all Year 11 students. So to those of you here from & we wish you the very best. It wasn’t how we expected the year to end but we’re of all that you’ve achieved.

23/06/20

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

Team GB ready for their first Summer Olympic event today! Good luck in the penalty shootout! 🇬🇧 https://t.co/U2F3T7ERKY

22/06/20

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

The rugby conversion challenge is underway for Team South Africa! 🇿🇦🇿🇦🇿🇦 🏉 🏉 🏉 https://t.co/uK9X5HJjJZ

19/06/20

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

Congratulations to Billy in Y9 for completing a 5 mile run to raise money for ⁦⁩ What a fantastic achievement! 👏🏻🏃🏻‍♂️⁦https://t.co/ag9veg57p7

19/06/20

📣Parents and carers - please find a link to our weekly newsletter https://t.co/S1T2q5zyzR, which is also on the way to you via . Wishing you all a safe and happy weekend.

18/06/20

A welcome video has been sent to the Year 6 students who are joining this September. You can also view it here: https://t.co/qVodRI6IGH. Students are encouraged to email us at help.org.uk with any questions they may have about joining our school. https://t.co/5OKRpPi8XM

16/06/20

Is your son/daughter due to start this September? Sadly we are unable to invite Year 6 children physically into school to spend time with us just yet, but we are keen to start the learning journey with them remotely. Look out for an email with further details 👀 https://t.co/HkMFG9mery

16/06/20

If you think your child may now be eligible for free school meals, please visit our website for information and an application form:-https://t.co/APU56VQb6j https://t.co/s8sN3lQEzR

12/06/20

Our weekly newsletter is on the way to parents and carers via and can also be viewed online here: https://t.co/wBGXokdIsX. Have a lovely weekend!

12/06/20

📣Parents and Carers - are offering a 10% discount on online orders from 15-21 June. Visit their website from Monday to order your uniform:- https://t.co/QYLP3m151g https://t.co/yOeQXB62i9

Duke of Edinburgh

Update: 5 June 2020

Please click here to view the latest communication from the school relating to the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Please follow this link to the DofE website: www.dofe.org/dofewithadifference


At de Stafford School, we are proud to have a strong tradition of running the Duke of Edinburgh award. We are currently offering the Bronze Award for our Year 9 and 10 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. Here is the Sunday Training Day Kit List that all students will need for the training day.

How to Apply

An application form will be distributed to students via their SAM groups. They 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 Miss Bailey at: kirsty.bailey@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 students in Years 9 and 10 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

Page Downloads Date  
Duke of Edinburgh Application Form 30th Sep 2019 Download
News articles for 2019 DofE 30th Sep 2019 Download
22 April 2020 - DofE Update Letter 22nd Apr 2020 Download
5 June 2020 - DofE Certificate of Achiev... 11th Jun 2020 Download