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17/10/19

In Year 9 Art, students have been mastering their drawing skills and experimenting with different materials whilst looking at architectural features https://t.co/kvqCDRlE3L

17/10/19

This morning 8I have been looking at minimal word improvisations and exploring a character's motivation in performance https://t.co/kVPfEe1I43

16/10/19

Year 7 have been practicing their rugby skills this morning in the fresh air https://t.co/l4p0mUM15G

15/10/19

Our first Open Morning today 9-10am for our prospective families! If you haven't managed to register for this one, we have some more dates available. We'd love you to join us! https://t.co/rjEIOGE3aC https://t.co/KnLZgKKyg5

11/10/19

INSET day today – ‘Brag and tag’ staff shared how they ‘stretch and challenge’ our students. Well done to Mrs Kakkad for collecting the most brag tags! https://t.co/vXJxd2YFcN

11/10/19

A fantastic new opportunity to join our wonderful as Deputy Headteacher. Find out more and Apply - https://t.co/KpEoURr8On https://t.co/zFTyyUC1u1

10/10/19

It's full ahead in the lab at our . Families are getting stuck in to neutralisation and chromatography https://t.co/Rt7hvC8fxn https://t.co/1oGEWktzNy

10/10/19

Inspired by the artist Victor Nunes, some creative designs in Art at our https://t.co/AjEFULmgTv https://t.co/vNbJRwZKrC

10/10/19

Our amazing choir has been performing our Aureus School Makaton throughout the https://t.co/ns8yd2GAxL

10/10/19

A few fierce games of scrabble played in English this evening https://t.co/0jyQXv8GHj

10/10/19

Our amazing Inclusion team have been welcoming our prospective families at our wonderful https://t.co/Nlbl4iwHYc

10/10/19

Some mathematical games being played in Maths https://t.co/qSF2EjNsiR

10/10/19

Great fun being had by families in the Sports hall, table tennis and badminton are a hit 🏸🏓 https://t.co/eWRcZ0ZAEZ

10/10/19

Our Dance studio has captured quite an audience this at our with constant routines in progress https://t.co/AUNtONR0oQ

10/10/19

Thank you to all our students for helping us to celebrate today! https://t.co/D2kQEQ5LBk

10/10/19

We are really looking forward to meeting prospective families at our Open Evening tonight. Headteacher talks will take place at 5, 6 and 7pm and there will be an opportunity to have a tour of our wonderful school. Would you like to join us? Register here: https://t.co/rjEIOGE3aC https://t.co/ZWqXSRLmLA

09/10/19

A reminder that students will be finishing at 1.45pm tomorrow for our Open Evening and Friday is our INSET Day. https://t.co/65nZTDmvqX

09/10/19

Fantastic to see so many students engaging in activities. Today's focus was race and students have made hand prints in the colour of their skin that will be displayed on our hummingbird ❤ https://t.co/bkU5bFaIaf

08/10/19

There is still time to apply! Find out more about these exciting vacancies to join our wonderful team: https://t.co/F7HxopHJoY https://t.co/dlO1Ak7Ghn

07/10/19

In Geography today, our Year 9's have been building a 3D model of a coastline. Some inspiring designs and great . Looking forward to sharing the finished designs later...#geography https://t.co/8zqqL9Ness

Posted on: 15/01/2019

Aureus sets gold standard for mental health

Mental Health Identifier GOLDWe are delighted to announce that Aureus has become the first school in Oxfordshire to receive a gold award for dealing with the mental health of both pupils and staff.

We were among only six secondary schools in the whole country to be awarded the Gold status of the Carnegie Centre of Excellence Mental Health Award for Schools.

Executive Head Teacher Hannah Wilson said: “We are absolutely delighted to be awarded Gold Status - it is a rare honour and reflects the importance everyone at Aureus School places on promoting and protecting the mental health of everyone within the school community."

We have recently opened a dedicated safe space for students to use as a safe space to explore their feelings. The Nurture Room allows them to take time out and, if it’s deemed necessary, they can also use the school’s sensory room to watch an aquarium or sit under a weighted blanket.

Hannah continued: “Our nurture room allows our students to self-refer and is just one of many tools we utilise to ensure our students have the very best on offer in terms of support across all areas of their education - we call it our Inner Curriculum offer."

A member of the multi-academy GLF Trust, we opened our doors in September 2017 and from the very start we have been offering holistic care allowing pupils to grow, learn and flourish. 

Every pupil has half-an-hour of mindful art, reading, science or movement each morning, ahead of lessons. Aureus School are also the host for The Didcot Art Room which is run by a national charity to bring art therapy into schools.

Our deputy head teacher Julie Hunter is also trained in mental health first aid, mindfulness and the science of happiness.

“A brain in pain cannot access learning and actually a student needs to be ready to learn,” she told a conference for school leaders in Birmingham last month.

Students at Aureus School, a Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths (STEAM) specialist academy also nurtures each of its students so that all can thrive and become confident, articulate and aspirational global citizens.

The Carnegie Centre of Excellence is part of Leeds Beckett University and makes gold, silver and bronze awards to schools signed-up to its programme.

It is designed to “strengthen the mental health of the next generation by supporting schools to make a positive change at all levels of the UK’s education system and each award status lasts for three years”.