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25/11/22

We held our first ever Year 12 Awards Evening this week. It was great to see the class of 2022 and find out about their post-16 courses. Find out who the award winners were via the link - Latest News - Aureus School... https://t.co/m3T8h6jwvQ

25/11/22

HOW ABOUT A SPOT OF TEE? Aureus Golf Club, run by Mr Hayden, were at the Hadden Hill golf range this week, practicing their swings. https://t.co/oUQx8jbBH1

24/11/22

Read all about our House Music Competition - House Music Competition - Latest News - Aureus School... https://t.co/dwT5YsTu5N https://t.co/vQTPiolzdL

24/11/22

Tickets available now through https://t.co/aY58d0d1vE or https://t.co/K0jY3H7ag9 DON'T MISS OUT!!! https://t.co/zVzgEmj8iw

15/11/22

On Sunday, the Didcot Remembrance Parade took place and Aureus School was proudly represented by Grace and Sophie P along with Warren and Sophie R, who placed the school wreath. It was a pleasure to see so many Aureus students represented in Guides, Scouts, and Cadets. https://t.co/zUP57YfoJL

10/11/22

"When it rains, look for the rainbow" Yr 9 PE have been braving the elements this week! https://t.co/4ElsY4ymOy

08/11/22

Want to find out why we are the school of choice? Aureus School is delighted to invite you to our Creative and Expressive Arts Showcase at the Cornerstone, Didcot. Friday, 31st March 2023 Book your tickets now! https://t.co/lNgP7f2c6y

04/11/22

For our annual Remembrance service on Friday the 11th, we are inviting all Aureus service children and students who actively attend a Cadet Corps, Scouts or Guides to attend in their uniform. The service will begin at 10.30am in the quad. https://t.co/9pBo87hS2f

03/11/22

If you are interested in joining our PCA (Parents & Carers Association), we want you! The PCA support Aureus by organising events in order to raise funds and also provide the opportunity for parents to get to know each other and become members of this supportive & friendly team. https://t.co/0EKH2NOSXU

20/10/22

Rehearsals for our School Production of The Wizard of Oz are well under way! https://t.co/xvMfHvBD8a

11/10/22

Yesterday, a selection of our students visited the Houses of Parliament. Students toured the House of commons, the Great Hall and met our local MP David Johnston for a question & answer session at the Education Centre. https://t.co/gjIpA2iamR

05/10/22

Nominate a teacher for a National Teaching Award. Help us recognise and celebrate the outstanding work do by nominating them for a National Teaching Award. The awards are free, there are 16 categories to choose from. https://t.co/yiEweptq2t https://t.co/ZJSp2BkoMg

26/09/22

Today Museum of Natural History's HOPE project visited some of our Year 7 and 9 students to learn how to be entomologists. A very exceptional day of practical learning about those of which are all around us! https://t.co/nktSNWazrP

22/09/22

Open evening is happening from 5pm to 7pm today. No need to book just come along. We’re looking forward to seeing lots of Year 5 and Year 6 pupils. Our new catering company will be here so you can see what happens in our new hub. https://t.co/GQrYGuvZjA

08/09/22

We express our deepest sympathies for the passing of HM Queen Elizabeth II. Her dedication to the UK, other realms & territories is unparalleled. We thank her for her service. Our school will observe the mourning period whilst continuing to support our children, families & staff.

08/09/22

Monday marked the start of a new school year for our lovely Year 7s. In just a few short days, they have settled into the Aureus way of life and there have been plenty of smiling faces positive comments. https://t.co/oMP8qX5VZ6

08/09/22

Our Yr 6 Open Events are fast approaching! Use the following link to sign up: www.aureus https://t.co/frnljwzDgq https://t.co/TaW1yEYiqK

06/09/22

Today, our brand new year 7s have been discovering what art means to them with Miss Robins. https://t.co/uQRsmBimfl

06/09/22

Tomorrow we will be hosting an Information Evening for our KS3 parents from 5-6pm and an Exam Information evening for our KS4 parents from 6:30-7pm. We look forward to seeing you there. https://t.co/6IL6k5eT56

More Able

Our inclusive ethos enables all children to be challenged in every lesson in every subject. We believe that challenge and support is just as important for more able as for lower prior attainers. We build on prior attainment and develop deep knowledge in order to build confidence and depth of understanding in high prior attaining students. Within this, we also recognise the need to develop and support high attainers with SEND and who are eligible for the Pupil Premium grant.

How do we identify More Able students?

At Aureus, the More Able are identified using a mixture of this process:

  1. Completion of our internal Cognitive Ability Tests (CATs) and/or GL Assessments in English and Mathematics
  2. Analysis of KS2 entry data - if a student has attained a high scaled score in English and Mathematics they are identified as More Able/High Prior Attainers
  3. Ongoing attainment/teacher assessment - if students continue to exceed attainment levels appropriate to their age
  4. Ongoing assessment in subjects outside of the core subjects may lead to More Able status in a particular subject

We support the More Able in a variety of ways, including, but not limited to, the following:

In class differentiation/personalisation
Our quality first teaching pledge applies to students of all abilities. It is an expectation that we will aim high with the content of our curriculum and ensure it is accessible and challenging for all. Lessons will include:

  • Variety of questioning
  • Providing relevant, engaging, learning opportunities and interesting stimuli
  • Higher order and abstract thinking (e.g. handling ambiguity and paradox)
  • Problem solving and enquiry
  • Tier 3 vocabulary explicitly taught and high quality oracy modelled and applied
  • Independent work and self-study
  • Development of metacognitive practices
  • Transfer of knowledge across disciplines
  • Challenge options are flagged up to students using the challenge symbol
  • High quality feedback focused on how to achieve ambitious targets.
  • Reading Lists
  • Signposting opportunities for students to develop their knowledge further through independent study

Extended Learning and Personal Development
With an enormous range of extended learning activities already available, there are plenty of opportunities to develop high prior attainers’ skills, using cross-curricular disciplines. 

Careers Education
We work with external organisations to ensure that students have a clear focus on their destination after Aureus. Professionals from local and national organisations are invited to speak to students in assemblies to explore their career pathways and explain their roles, particularly in the ‘STEAM’ subject portfolio. Each year we will create opportunities for students to visit or access Higher Education Institutions.

Provision of leadership opportunities
Students are encouraged and supported to participate a number of leadership roles. The Student Council is a position to aspire to and students have to rise to the challenge of representing the student body. Leadership roles may be offered in a range of disciplines - Sport, Design, STEAM and Languages will require different sets of skills.

More Able Programme
The progress and development of the More Able students is an ongoing research field at Aureus.  A carefully designed programme of assessment, intervention and evaluation enables staff to ensure that progress is on track for the More Able. These interventions can take the form of one-to-one progress checks, mentoring, the completion of a Scholars Passport (being updated for 2020-2021) and extra-curricular opportunities for debate and discussion.

Definitions
With the change in national context of how ability is identified, please see below an outline of agreed terminology with definitions from Ofsted.

More Able: high attaining pupils in pupils in primary schools

Most Able/High Prior Attainment (HPA): high attaining students in secondary school - students whose progress significantly exceeds age related expectations

Exceptionally Able: students who are performing above the Most Able.  Exceptionally able pupils are those who have the capacity to achieve or perform at the very highest academic levels.

Dual Exceptionality: this is a term for high performing students who also have a complex additional need, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder.

For further details on how to ensure your child makes progress in line with their expectations, click on the link below

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