Aureus School is split into three vertical faculties, led by our Heads of Faculty (HOF). The names of each faculty were chosen by the students and were chosen for the different qualities that are encapsulated in that person and what it means to be part of Aureus. This also supports our strive for Courage, Ambition and Resilience.
Each faculty have chosen a charity to support throughout the academic year and take part in friendly inter-faculty competitions in sports, performing arts and standards such as attendance.
The main function of the faculty system is to support the pastoral welfare of students, and that takes place within their coaching groups. Each faculty has its own non-teaching member of staff known as a Pastoral Welfare Leader who has the experience and time to work with students and be in contact with their families when there is a need that cannot be met by a coach. The work within each faculty is lead by a teacher who has the title of Head of Banksy, Malala or Hawking.
Being in a faculty helps give a student a sense of belonging, in something bigger than their friendship groups or immediate classes but smaller than their whole school.
Faculties are “vertical” in their structure which allows a student to have positive connections with those that are younger and older than themselves. It is important for students to have the opportunity to play an active role and contribute to a community within their school, allowing them to develop skills and talents and acknowledge their successes in a wide range of ways.
We encourage students to play an active role in the success of their faculty. Individual and team efforts are rewarded as well as participation. Students are expected to contribute to friendly inter-faculty competitions throughout the year in a way that always them to be proud of their contributions.
The faculty name Banksy comes from the artist Banksy and reflects the importance of being creative and challenging the different views of the world.
The Pastoral Welfare Leader for Banksy is Mrs Kim Beedles-Clark and the Head of Banksy is Mr Jack Crowe.
Their chosen charity is Helen and Douglas House that provide hospice care for terminally ill children.
The faculty name Hawking is taken from the scientist Stephen Hawking who famously wrote ‘A Brief History in Time’. He represents the importance of knowledge and looking to the future. Overcoming physical and mental obstacles to be the best you can be.
The Pastoral Welfare Leader for Hawking is Mrs Amy Rutherford and the The Head of Hawking is Mr Kevin Brinkley.
Their chosen charity is Make a Wish Foundation that grants magical wishes to children facing life threatening illnesses.
The faculty name Malala comes from the Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai and shows the importance of showing resilience in the face of adversity. Striving for equality and showing the importance of education.
The Pastoral Welfare Leader for Malala is Mr Oliver Sykes and the Head of Malala is Miss Beth Costar.
Their chosen charity is UNICEF and they support and protect young children all over the world who are in danger from the effects of war and natural disasters