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24/11/21

Buckinghamshire New University have been into school today to work with GCSE Dance. They learned a fun new routine whilst focusing on their Musicality, Focus and Characterisation skills https://t.co/dC6K1wySOP

23/11/21

Come and join our Inclusion Team! We are recruiting for a Higher Level Teaching Assistant. Find out more about the role and apply online via https://t.co/1yeoIL2I9m https://t.co/qUddCvK65d

19/11/21

A very big thank you to students and staff for their donations to today from our non uniform day! We have raised over £500 for this fantastic cause 🙌 https://t.co/qLXgP4NOVp

18/11/21

We are really pleased with our lovely new reward postcards! Students are rewarded for going above and beyond in their attitude to learning, showing the Aureus values, completing an outstanding piece of home learning and many more. https://t.co/GS4ddHimuk

17/11/21

Still time to apply! Some great opportunities to join our team😀 https://t.co/1C6l0fn5o4

15/11/21

We were proud to be a part of the Didcot Remembrance Day Parade and Service yesterday afternoon. Students took part in the parade and laid a wreath on behalf of all . We will remember them. https://t.co/0hvfPkCVE4

12/11/21

Foundation Dance are preparing for the show with Miss King at the Cornerstone Arts Centre, working hard on movement memory, musicality and their posture for this dance. Remember to book your tickets or ask Miss King for more info! https://t.co/k1yJJ1Lep7 https://t.co/PoJ4y9IWGE

11/11/21

Lest we forget. For those brave souls who gave their lives, so we could live ours. A beautiful Remembrance service today at Aureus. https://t.co/12rp5jLyvB https://t.co/5NlIzhBZFP

10/11/21

We are recruiting for the following positions: ➡️ Teaching Assistant ➡️ Marketing Officer ➡️ Reprographics Officer To find out more and apply online, visit https://t.co/f6Ohwbxdci https://t.co/6sdFEADylG

09/11/21

Grace Hickman was invited to teach our GCSE dancers today in an hour long contemporary workshop, where they learned a new routine focusing on musicality skills. Our students were also able to ask Grace lots of questions about the dance industry https://t.co/HkvMLnUOS4

05/11/21

Some great results from our scientists! https://t.co/SkHXpPDNPE

05/11/21

Year 10 separate science students have been performing a neuturalisation investigation today to determine the concentration of an acid https://t.co/v7In42Ry8G

03/11/21

In French this afternoon, Year 8 have been questioning each other to find out more about each other; are they sociable, shy or active for example. As well as using the words provided, they were very keen to learn more! https://t.co/NqY23HU9rY

22/10/21

In Chemistry this afternoon, year 10 students have made copper sulfate (salt) from copper oxide (base) and sulfuric acid ⚗ https://t.co/BQnnZZYq1G

21/10/21

Calling all Year 9's! 📣We are now recruiting for The Duke of Edinburgh's Bronze Award. If you want to find out more, come and talk to Mr Hayden and sign up before Friday 5th November. An opportunity not to be missed! https://t.co/2x08PgQdgB

20/10/21

And now we are the Bodleian library https://t.co/arStKdkBus

20/10/21

Next stop for our Scholars...The Ashmolean Museum! https://t.co/NSVdV8fRXM

20/10/21

Some of our Scholars are visiting Oxford today. First stop is a tour of Trinity College! https://t.co/wwgkbWHu8p

19/10/21

We were delighted to welcome the very talented to our school today to give a talk to our students and officially relaunch our library. Full story coming soon! https://t.co/vxFWTdb3iC

18/10/21

Year 7 geographers have been taking part in an Atlas Scavenger Hunt in today's lesson. Working in teams, they had to complete the sheet with as much information as they can about 5 countries, with the opportunity to earn points and/or lose them! https://t.co/Md8ee3IU1G

Assessment

The aim of assessment and recording is to monitor students' progress towards their target grades and to facilitate effective Assessment for Learning and Differentiation in both planning and delivery of lessons so that students remain on track to achieve their full potential. Assessment data should be used to highlight areas of underperformance so that appropriate strategies can be put into place and also to revise target grades (in both directions) so that they always remain realistic but challenging. Staff at Aureus use key information from Key Stage 2 (KS2) and from internal assessment to ensure that all students, regardless of prior attainment, make excellent progress. Assessment forms an ongoing student profile. Progress towards students' academic and social targets are reviewed during with teachers at Aureus.

At Aureus School, your child is entitled to

  • Regular testing of reading and spelling
  • Close scrutiny of class work
  • Moderation of student work against national standards
  • Tests at regular intervals throughout a subject course
  • Formal examinations prior to the writing of interim reports

In-lesson Assessment

The assessment cycle is simple and one that all teachers at Aureus adhere to. We use assessment data at to improve what is happening in the classroom; to help teachers understand where their students are and where they need to be; to motivate students and allows them to make progress and to inform parents and assist them in supporting their child's education.

In-lesson Assessment

Internal assessments run on a regular cycle at Aureus. These assessments are key points in each half-term. They give teachers a clear picture of the progress their students have made, informing their forward planning. They motivate students, helping them to understand what they have learnt and what they still need to cover. They are the end-point for the different units students are studying in their subjects, providing status and importance to the work that leads up to them and drawing ideas and concepts studied through the half-term together. They provide the content for the reports the academy sends to parents.

Targets:

In Key Stage 3 students are assessed on whether they are on track to  fulfil their potential when they sit their final GCSEs in Year 11. We do not give students their target grades as our focus in KS3 is on students developing good learning habits. If however, students are not on track to fulfil their potential then we may put interventions in place to help support the student, usually in class and occasionally. outside of class. 

In Key Stage 4 student targets are based on Fischer Family Trust, a national education charity who set targets for schools across the country using assessment data from KS2. They are aspirational and communicated to parents at the start of the year and throughout the year through the reporting process. Teachers will also add predicted grades to reports so that parents are kept informed of their child’s progress towards their targets. 

End of Year Examinations:

Students are expected to sit end of year examinations. We believe that summative assessment provides a strong measure of progress and allows students to experience the process of examinations. The information gained from these examinations are reported back to parents and used to ensure that all students are on the correct trajectory for learning and progress. We also complete in class assessments in November which are less formal.

Written Reports:

Parents and carers can expect regular contact about their child's progress at Aureus from staff as we believe that the school-parent partnership is vital in developing effective learners. 

There are two Parent Evenings per year and there are two formal reporting points where parents can expect to be informed about attainment and progress. Parents will receive a hard copy of reports that will include the following information:

Key Stage 3

  • An indicator of whether students are on target or not at this point in the year. 

Each student's attendance data and behaviour data 

  • A score between 1-5 for Attitude to Learning
  • A score between 1-5 for Attitude to Home Learning 

Key Stage 4

  • An indicator of whether students are on target or not at this point in the year
    A current grade (except for the first report in Year 9)
    A teacher predicted grade (except for the first report in Year 9)
    Their FFT Target Grade
     
  • A score between 1-5 for Attitude to Learning
  • A score between 1-5 for Attitude to Home Learning
  • Each student's attendance data and behaviour data