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Students from across the school took part in our Spelling Bee this week 🐝 Find out the winners here -


During Science Club, Year 7 investigate dilatancy with a non-Newtonian fluid. They had a lot of fun exploring the amazing properties of the Oobleck puddle!


In coaching time this morning, students have been discussing how they would like the internet to be free from bullying, grooming and trolling. These posters are just a few ways in which they wish they were online.


Year 9 investigate the factors affecting the rate of enzyme substrate reactions, lots of fantastic results!


We love how these poly-prints have turned out! 8G have been printing their designs onto fabric this morning, we are really looking forward to seeing the final piece of art in place


8V have been investigating the relationship between light intensity and the rate of oxygen production during photosynthesis.The pond weed needed a little encouragement!


Year 9 GCSE Computing have been learning how to create Turtle graphics using Python. Some excellent results!


7O developing their movement skills and creating freeze frames in Drama; conveying the emotion of soldiers from the poem 'The Charge of the Light Brigade' by Alfred, Lord Tennyson


7M investigating which reactions were exothermic and endothermic in Chemistry this morning. Thankfully their hands didn't get too warm! 🔥


Year 8 have been working hard in Spanish this week identifying the dangers of social media and using their findings to create some fantastic posters


How do we describe the process of breathing? 7C have been making models of the lungs in Biology this morning


Still time to apply! Teacher of Mathematics - Teacher of Science -


7P have been experimenting with marble chips and acid in Chemistry today, investigating the conservation of mass


We are extremely excited and very proud that our Voices of Aureus choir have been invited to perform on the main stage at Wembley in the concert on 17th March. Here they are in rehearsal this morning 🙌


Exploring the use of movement skills and passing the focus of the audience in Drama this morning. Every single student in 8G has worked extremely hard, well done!


We have two exciting vacancies to join our Teaching Team; Teacher of Mathematics and Teacher of Science. Find out more about these roles:


8P have been exploring the conventions of different genres and searching extracts from Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol' for evidence of it fitting within the gothic genre 📖


Great courage shown by our Year 9 students today in English Language whilst presenting their speeches highlighting Gender Inequality


7M were making observations during a Thermal Decomposition practical in Chemistry today. Don't worry, Copper Carbonate (CuCO3) is meant to go black when you heat it!


7C have been looking at gas exchange in the lungs this morning, carrying out an experiment to raise their breathing rates

Posted on: 31/01/2019

Aureus School makes radio waves

BbcradiooxfordDeputy Headteacher Julie Hunter has been on BBC Radio Oxford to discuss the innovative approach to mental health and wellbeing we have at Aureus School.

Presenter Howard Bentham interviewed Julie on the Hometime show regarding the recent Gold Award for mental health awarded to the school by the Carnegie Centre for Excellence, part of Leeds University.

He asked Julie how the school, which has been open for 18 months, was able to incorporate a range of mental health strategies for both pupils and staff.

"We had the opportunity of a blank canvas,” she said.

Julie told listeners how the school ‘re-imagined’ the school day so pupils started the day with half-an-hour of calm activities from mindful art to reading all aimed at nurturing the ‘inner curriculum’ so students were ready to learn.

Howard also asked about the school’s nurture, sensory and thrive rooms which all provide support for students who can self-refer if they feel the need.

The school’s nurture manager triages the student and sees if they are ready to return to the classroom or if they need further intervention to ensure they are in the best emotional place for their education.

Staff also benefit from a wellbeing room where devices and posters outlining targets and learning are banned to leave a calm area with plants and cushions for staff to have ‘tea and talk’.

Recruitment and retention of teachers is a national issue and the facilities at Aureus School are built around ensuring staff as well as pupils are nurtured in terms of wellbeing and mental wealth.

The interview is available to listen to until around mid-February via the BBC Radio Oxford website: and Julie is on air from 22 minutes.