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To maximise the Government top up funding for COVID support, GLF Schools are introducing a range of Academic Mentor roles across our Secondary provision. We are offering one role per secondary school - click below for more details


Year 9 students - don't forget that applications for the sought after Duke of Edinburgh's award need to be in by this Friday (23rd)! Click here for further details and an application form


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*PROSPECTIVE PARENTS AND CARERS* Please find a link to our ‘Senior Leadership Team Q&A’ video which has been created in response to the questions submitted via our Virtual Open Event. We will follow-up with a bespoke e-mail to every contact made with us!


Thank you to our superb team for the outstanding support you provide for our students!


Parents and Carers - please find a link to our (virtual) Year 11 Information Evening presentations: Please do contact us with any questions!


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Thanks to Nick Clark, Principal of who took the time to explain why students are fortunate to be guaranteed a place with two specialist post 16 providers!


Look out for a video from our Leadership Team later this week 👀 - they'll be answering all the questions posed by prospective parents and carers on their virtual visit. Click here to submit your questions today:


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Our Virtual Open Event page is now live! Click here for an insight into the distinctive culture and ethos that makes de Stafford such a special place to work and learn.


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Thank you to our fabulous Year 7 student, Tiva, for sharing her experience of so far. You can hear more from our students, staff and parents/carers at our Virtual Open Event tomorrow - register your interest here:


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Duke of Edinburgh

Update: 29 September 2020

This year we have made some changes to DofE at de Stafford to ensure that we can deliver the award within the guidelines due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Year 9 students can apply to complete their Bronze DofE and will be working to achieve 'The DofE Certificate of Achievement.' For this academic year, young people will receive this formal recognition of their achievements in their Skills, Volunteering and Physical sections.

Many young people are facing unprecedented changes and challenges in these times. DofE can give them something positive to focus on and provide structure and stability, whilst also supporting them to develop life skills, develop confidence and build resilience!

Students in Year 9 will see a virtual assembly this week during SAM time. An application form can be downloaded below, via SatchelOne or collected from their Year 9 SAM.

For more information please see the links below:

Follow us on Twitter: @destaffordDofE

If you have any questions please do make contact

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 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

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:

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.




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