Our leadership team has been praised for their “determined and resilient” approach to running the school, despite the challenges presented by the pandemic, in our first Ofsted report.
Inspectors visited Aureus in March, and have just published their findings.
Planned improvements to the school were disrupted by COVID-19, the report noted, but despite this, our leaders and our colleagues at GLF Schools, were complimented on having “a clear understanding of what needs to be improved” and “implementing these changes, so that children have the knowledge and skills they need to succeed.”
“Leaders and staff prioritise time to help children explore their ideas and their identity,” the report said. “Classrooms are safe spaces, and different personal development opportunities are valued. Children are confident that staff will listen to their concerns and provide useful support."
Ofsted inspectors could also “see the positive changes being made that are starting to improve the school”.
Aureus has been awarded the British Council International School Award, which introduces internationalism by promoting the international dimension across our school and highlighting the benefits of learning in a global context, and the inspectors praised our “vision which combines academic learning with a focus on how to be a global citizen.”
Our English department was singled out for particular praise, with the report saying that improvements were most evident here, with the “thoughtfully-designed curriculum” allowing children to “read and enjoy many interesting styles of literature.”
Overall, the report said that Aureus required improvement, but our head teacher Ms Hunter, who has been in post since 2019, said there were positives that the school could build upon and is looking forward to engaging with parents over topics that had been raised in the report at a series of meetings that have been specially arranged.
“We have been on a school improvement journey since September 2019 and were pleased to see that the team of Ofsted Inspectors were able to see the positive impact that has been made,” she said. “We recognise that there are still areas for improvement and have already started to look at the four key areas identified by the inspection team.”