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03/12/21

An amazing picture of Aureus covered by a rainbow. Photo taken by our Head of Banksy, Mr Crowe. https://t.co/TqAAJ19pC5

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

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 process:

  1. Completion of our internal Cognitive Ability Tests (CATs) and/or GL Assessments in English and Mathematics
  2. 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
  3. Ongoing attainment/teacher assessment - if students continue to exceed attainment levels appropriate to their age
  4. 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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