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22/07/21

Congratulations to Banksy for achieving the most positive points this year! https://t.co/vt2piZClJt

21/07/21

🕑 Remember it's a 2pm finish tomorrow! 🕑 https://t.co/SkqEqEx5fB

20/07/21

Holiday Programme for this years Summer holiday - open to 12-18 year olds. Find out more https://t.co/tyY78lDxRc https://t.co/Gk93AUhkaN

16/07/21

From Monday 19th July this is the new process for contact tracing for children and young people in education settings. https://t.co/7QhhcnEYRH

16/07/21

Y8 have produced fantastic pieces of creative writing in just 3 minutes at the start of online lessons! Studying a text in which the protagonist travels to a major city for the 1st time alone, they empathised with the character & wrote descriptive pieces inspired by a city photo. https://t.co/FmBkHaCEJZ

15/07/21

Have you won an award? Parents and carers keep an eye on your email this evening as we will be sending out our Awards Evening video to students that have received an award! 🥳 https://t.co/wt29HSGQEv

15/07/21

Our GCSE Focus Day for Year 10 this week was dedicated to English Literature. They watched some fantastic performances of Macbeth, Dr Jekyll and Hyde and The Inspector Calls from The Globe Players. Read more> https://t.co/SRfhEuxa5y https://t.co/VmBO1qnJNO

14/07/21

Young people experience bullying behaviours every day. We’re joining in to show young people that they deserve to be heard and that help and support is available. ’s https://t.co/pHwS6eEkNB https://t.co/a9XvknqHTZ

12/07/21

This is some fantastic work, we are very impressed with all your creativity! Other work included making invisible ink, researching the planets of the solar system, interesting elements and modelling the digestive system

12/07/21

Y7 were set a task to complete some research or a practical on a topic of their own choice. Luke created a model of the lungs to show how ventilation works, Ella made a red cabbage indicator to test the pH of substances and Jessica researched atoms, elements and compounds! https://t.co/dwBaYsQuBt

09/07/21

GCSE dancers took to the stage at Radley College to perform in front of a live audience for Step In Time, School of Performing Arts. They did incredibly well and we are immensely proud of them all! Read more> https://t.co/qR8jUWUfe0 https://t.co/pslGIpmHSG

09/07/21

This week we celebrated Miss Guarasci, Miss Minnigan and Mr King completing their NQT year here ! A very big congratulations 🥳 https://t.co/HEOvEIn0FK

08/07/21

We are incredibly excited to be celebrating the end of term with a live Virtual Concert on 13/07 at 5.30pm. Parents & carers check your email for the link...we hope that you can join us! https://t.co/cCW9mLgAGY

06/07/21

This week we celebrated our Year 10 students moving on into Year 11! Read more: https://t.co/9BISyUd1sP https://t.co/6ZDMRhTqlB

02/07/21

We were absolutely thrilled to take delivery of our brand new minibus this week! Read more: https://t.co/iV4xwGlvXC https://t.co/i8XFjDpDEy

01/07/21

Year 8 are looking at different rock types and how they are made in science lessons this week. Today they applied their knowledge by comparing different chocolate to rock type and explaining their reasoning https://t.co/EUFPPeZ4R3

28/06/21

Year 8 have been writing poetry in English and have created their own beautiful praise songs about their role models. Some really lovely pieces here, well done! https://t.co/IBGNcdnRBF

26/06/21

Silver group are complete and completing their debrief. Well done everyone! https://t.co/Q1ModLRJup

26/06/21

All groups are on route and working really hard to complete their expedition. Always time for a food break though! https://t.co/3p710oX9ld

26/06/21

Our bronze groups are awake and cooking breakfast! They will be packing the tents down and heading off for their final days walk https://t.co/q4zJ5H7Ksv

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 three part process:

  1. 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;
  2. Ongoing attainment/teacher assessment - if students continue to exceed attainment levels appropriate to their age;
  3. 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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