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The Teaching Awards Deadline for entry: 24th February The Teaching Awards is a fantastic way to raise the profile of the outstanding work that takes place in schools and colleges across the UK.


This term Year 7 Dancers are learning choreography from Christopher Bruce’s “Swansong” 1987. They are enjoying exploring how they can incorporate a chair into their trio dance, whilst developing ways of using characterisation in the dance studio.


Our Magistrates’ Mock Trial team are currently observing proceedings in Oxford Magistrates Court to help prepare for their upcoming debating competition.


This week, a group of Yr10 girls went on a trip to the Mathematical Institute at the University of Oxford.The girls had an opportunity to speak to Oxford students about their experiences.


Year 9 Parents and Carers! Please join us for year 9 Options evening tomorrow at 6.00pm in the main school hall. We look forward to seeing you there!


Brilliant Club, Scholars Programme launch visit to Oxford University.


Taking students to Oxford University for the launch of the Scholar’s Club! The students are super excited! So proud we are able to offer these provisions!


The Bookbuzz 2022 books are here! The Book Trust have selected a wide variety of titles, from non-fiction reads for curious minds to fast-paced page-turners to make sure that Bookbuzz has something for everyone.


Congratulations to our Yr11 boys' football team! They came out on top this week, in their first fixture this year against UTC. The final score was: 6-2 to Aureus


We welcomed year 5s from Aureus Primary School yesterday morning. They took part in a clay workshop with our Art Department. To tie in with their curriculum, they created ancient Egyptian themed trinket bowls. It was an absolute joy to work with such lovely students.


Just one day to go until our Wizard of Oz performances on Thursday and Friday evening! Refreshments will be available on both nights - cash only.


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...


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.


Read all about our House Music Competition - House Music Competition - Latest News - Aureus School...


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.

Pastoral System

Aureus School is split into Year Group Teams, each of which are led by our Heads of Year (HOY) and who are overseen by Assistant Headteachers with responsibility for each of the Key Stages. 

Each Year Group Team is made up of the Head of Year,  a number of coaches (tutors), who lead coaching groups, each with about twenty-five students.  Each Year Group Team also has its own non-teaching member of staff known as the Pastoral Welfare Leader (PWL), and who has the experience of more complex needs and who has the time to work with students and be in contact with their families when there is a more immediate need that cannot be met by a coach, who may be busy with their teaching commitments. In addition to this, the Teaching Assistants, who work with teachers in each Year Group are also included in the Year Group Teams in order to ensure that the communications between the academic and pastoral teams is fluid and effective and that the support in and out of class is of the very highest quality.

The main function of each of the Year Group Teams is to support the behaviour, attendance and pastoral welfare of students, and that begins first and foremost within their coaching groups which meet at the start of each school day. Coaches provide targeted support for students that struggle to meet Aureus high expectations of behaviour and attendance. Coaches discuss any barriers or issues that the students in their coaching group have and then either provide or signpost appropriate support and guidance and involve their parents and carers to ensure that the adults that care for them understand and play a part of the support they receive.  Should a student have any needs that could benefit from more intensive support it will be offered by the appropriate specialists. 

We also have a number of non-teaching specialists, who work within the Pastoral Team and as such with the Year Group Teams and, who specialise with areas of need common to adolescents. These are our Attendance Officer, who works with Oxfordshire County Council to ensure that students attend school, our Designated Safeguarding Lead and Student Welfare Manager, who both deal with safeguarding and welfare concerns and our SENDCo, who is an expert in provision and interventions for students with special educational needs.

We also work with External Agencies specialist in supporting higher levels of need when appropriate. 

We are proud that our Pastoral Structure enables us to support students quickly and effectively and means that Aureus students learn that becoming excellent global citizens means that when we face challenges we should seek and accept relevant support from those around us .