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The deadline to apply for Year 7 is Friday 15 December 2023. The Assessment & Interview Morning takes place Saturday 13 Jan 2024.
At the heart of what we offer your child at Stamford is the opportunity to thrive, and to help them become the best version of themselves. Every student at Stamford, from Nursery through to Sixth Form, is encouraged to be an independent thinker.
At Stamford we offer young people opportunity and breadth of experience, which combined gives them an education that develops their ability to think for themselves.
We want your child to be aspirational, to be forward thinking and to become a rounded and grounded individual ready for the next stage in their lives once they leave us.
Stamford School provides an opportunity for each student to thrive
Enabling a stronger academic focus, tailored to every pupil, gives our students balance. Our curriculum incorporates linguistic, mathematical, scientific, technological (including computing), human and social, physical, aesthetic and creative, spiritual, moral, ethical and personal education.
Teachers and parents work together, identifying each student's personal strengths and ensuring they achieve what they are capable of – their progress is proactively tracked through both formal and informal reporting.
Lessons are designed to be engaging, and to challenge and stretch your child. Our ‘ideal classrooms’ provide an innovative environment that promotes collaboration between students, their peers and their teachers.
Stamford Schools' Scholarship provision is designed to recognise boys and girls with outstanding talents and skills in a variety of fields, and to help develop those talents and skills during their time at the school. Stamford Scholars benefit enormously from subject led additional enrichment opportunities offered to them.
Students are encouraged to act on feedback given and to seek help where necessary; to think flexibly, to listen, and work with others. We should all be respectful of other people, their views and are inclusive.
We strive for students to always improve, follow opportunities for independent study and to work beyond the set curriculum; undertaking wider reading and additional problems with resilience and enthusiasm.
Taking an active part in lessons and completing homework to a high personal standard is a given. Students are encouraged to be persistent and to follow tasks through to completion. Punctuality is important as is good behaviour, good personal organisation, and to be properly equipped for lessons.
“Intellectual curiosity is strongly promoted and pupils show great perseverance in solving problems and responding to challenges, encouraged by an environment where individual success and enterprise are fostered and celebrated.”
ISI Inspectors, 2017
“Much success is achieved in national academic competitions in subject areas ranging from science and mathematics to the arts and design and technology. Pupils achieve excellent results in debating, subject Olympiads, Arkwright scholarships and national essay competitions.”
ISI Inspectors, 2017
“Pupils form a community which cares about well-being and safety for all. The school’s excellent pastoral care system sets the tone and encourages and enables pupils to speak up if they or their counterparts need support or guidance.”
ISI Inspectors, 2017
We recognise that students may need additional academic support and guidance in their learning, regardless of whether they have a related diagnosis or not. The aim of our Learning Development team is to help boost self-esteem and build academic competence so that students can become confident, independent learners able to achieve their full potential.
Our Learning Development team has a wealth of experience, and the team includes a lead SENCO (Specialist Teacher) and a Deputy SENCO, as well as a number of Learning Development Assistants who work with students throughout the school. This means we can closely tailor the support we offer to the requirements of our students and provide various levels of support according to need. This may include Learning Development Assistant’s delivering ‘live time’ support in lessons, students attending weekly small group literacy, numeracy or study skills interventions, or students having a slightly reduced timetable with Learning Development lessons becoming part of their curriculum.
We also collaborate closely with subject teachers and academic departments to identify students who may benefit from support with their studies. We would also encourage parents to get in touch with the SENCO or Deputy SENCO if they have any concerns about their child’s learning needs.
We believe that building resilience is the pathway to academic success for students who face challenges with learning, so we focus on promoting self-esteem as well as developing academic competency when working with individuals or small groups. Students are encouraged to focus their attention on the effort and progress they are making in the knowledge that these key ingredients determine successful outcomes.
Each student is equipped with the right technology to enable them to get the best out of their classroom learning. We have a fantastic custom built Design Studio and state of the art equipment to allow students the opportunity to let their imagination lead the way. We very much believe that technology should and can aid educational learning.
This view is endorsed by an independent research project lead by Dr Fiona Aubrey-Smith (named by Education Business as one of the fifty most influential people in education 2022).
The report supports our view that devices provide flexibility and allow your child to develop their digital fluency, embedding habits and skills that equip our students for higher education, the workplace, and their lifelong learning journey.
75% of Stamford students felt having their own one to one device has had a significantly positive impact on their learning
89% of our students felt that the use of digital technology made specific subject knowledge more accessible and engaging
85% of Stamford students said they regularly access teaching and learning materials on demand outside of the classroom
86% of our students felt that having a personal device directly prepared them for life beyond secondary school
The broader your child's interests, the better chance they will have in finding activities they love and enjoy.
Our Arts programme encompasses a comprehensive programme of Art, Drama, Dance and Music.
The art department is made up of six specialist teachers whose backgrounds include Architecture, Illustration, Fine Art and Sculpture and our incredible technician who helps to realise the technical ambition of our students. The Art Department leads trips regularly to London, Yorkshire and Cambridge, and abroad, most recently to Paris.
For our nursery, KS1 and KS2 students we offer dance as a lunchtime club, with KS1 and KS2 being taught by dance teachers from The Welland School of Dancing. In line with the national curriculum, our KS3 students cover dance within their PE curriculum which is taught by the Stamford PE teaching team. Dance is offered as an option for students at KS4 and KS5, which again is taught by dance teachers from our local dance school, Welland School of Dancing.
Additional co-curricular dance provision and opportunities are available too, provided in a combination of both the drama and sports department.
Every child, whether they are a performer, director, choreographer, designer or technician, we encourage them and their creativity and collaboration in all areas.
We offer a range of performance opportunities for all levels of ability, with informal and formal shows along with house drama and dance competitions. At all levels there is the opportunity for your child to take part should they wish to. We believe that all performance is valuable, whether it be in the large-scale senior musical or a one-off presentation of curriculum work.
We also have a scholars programme that nurtures our gifted and talented.
The 20 strong music department teach across the Nursery, Junior, Senior and Sixth Form. Our ethos at Stamford is to engender a lifelong love of music. For students to appreciate all styles and genres of music, to remain active participants performing in instrumental ensembles and choirs throughout their lives, and for students to support the arts by attending concerts and festivals.
Our breadth of offering within music is broad, with academic music from reception until Year 9, GCSE Music, A-level Music and Music Technology.
Enthusiasm and brave experimentation are at the heart of what we do.