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Congratulations to Bradley in Y8 for being shortlisted for the Grass Roots Football awards. Bradley was nominated for his contributions to youth football during lockdown and being a role model in his coaching of U8's team. Fantastic achievement Bradley, well done!


Are you an experienced Maths teacher looking to progress to the next level? We are seeking a Head of Mathematics to join our school. Find out more about this exciting role and apply online


There is still time to register your place at one of our Year 6 Virtual Open Events! Join us to explore our co-educational, school in the heart of Didcot and why we are your


A beautiful day for rounders on the field for Year 9 this morning. We are so lucky to have this amazing space


Really excited to be taking part in the Education Programme this year! Read more:


Year 7 have been learning all about Bunsen Burners in their Science lesson this afternoon 🔥


Great to see Year 8's working hard in English this morning 😊


Things are changing at Aureus...come along and meet our new Headteacher, Ms Hunter at our Virtual Year 6 Open Events. Find out more and register today here:


A week in and this is what they achieved in their first Dance lesson. Well done Year 7!


We are looking for an experienced teacher to come and lead our Maths department. For more information and the apply online, visit


Secondary applications are now open! Have you booked on to one of our Virtual Open Events? Visit to register your place. Spaces are limited so book now to avoid disappointment!


A useful guide for parents and carers as we start the new school year:


Excited to be welcoming our new Year 7's today for their first day . We can't wait to meet you!


Really looking forward to having students back in school from tomorrow!


Celebration Assembly slides have been sent home today, with links to an assembly from Ms Hunter and this video from Miss Saul, Mrs Powell and Mr Morris announcing the overall Faculty Winner for this year! Have a restful Summer Aureus!


The Science department have been extremely impressed with the completed challenges that have been sent in throughout the term. Thank you for all taking part, we hope you have enjoyed them


Congratulations to Year 7 students Bethany and Faye for winning our Solar Oven Competition!


We would like to congratulate Year 9 students Emma and Ella for being the first students to receive The Duke of Edinburgh's certificate 🥳


Are you all itching to find out which faculty won the Virtual Sports Day? Find out here! 🏆


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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”.