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27/01/21

And we're off! have entered three teams in the Cyberfirst Girls competition and the first round is well underway. Go Team Aureus! https://t.co/YbwSEjJ47f

27/01/21

As part of our Beacon School programme, we are proud to be taking part in . Our students have been reflecting on what brings them light in the darkness and sharing some photos. Read more here: https://t.co/87zxpV1ODR https://t.co/8fcszOJjqT

27/01/21

In English Literature, Y9 have begun their study of 'An Inspector Calls'. Mrs Clark's 9L have busy completing group work from home and producing some incredible research presentations exploring historical and social context https://t.co/9VgfdH0eTq

26/01/21

Only two weeks to go! Looking forward to seeing the results of the activities Mrs Strange has planned for the day! https://t.co/CPBTqN3G9R

26/01/21

Retweeted From Didcot Train

Check out what TRAIN are doing this week! https://t.co/DsLH2i6U4u

25/01/21

Year 5s! Do you love to experiment, dance or have a love of Art? We are excited to be running our ‘Explore Aureus’ live virtual master classes throughout March. Come and join us and find out what life is like https://t.co/hAP9AwIJE6 https://t.co/orY3UCW0mW

22/01/21

Still time to apply! We are looking for an experienced Exams Officer to set up the exams processes throughout . This is a rare opportunity and an exciting new role for the school. Apply today: https://t.co/HOoDiFzIZs

21/01/21

A fantastic opportunity to join our expanding team as Head of Design and Technology this September. To find out more and apply online visit https://t.co/MkbNVmrEhz

21/01/21

Year 7 have been looking at the structure of a traditional story in English Language and were tasked with writing an exposition. We have seen some really powerful stories, here are some of their first drafts! https://t.co/8sfa0j76lo

20/01/21

Mrs Strange has formed a team for and they are still looking for some more Y8 girls to join them! Please let Mrs Strange know if you would like to take part in this fantastic opportunity! https://t.co/aXiUfuzAxv https://t.co/8GLtHEKphy

19/01/21

We have an exciting opportunity to join us as the Head of Arts. Responsible for our expressive and creative curriculum, you will also coordinate our co-curricular programme of artistic events. Find out more: https://t.co/veKw1XiSXQ https://t.co/fahDJLnPnq

18/01/21

Banksy, Hawking and Malala you have been challenged! Your first faculty challenge this term is a Toaster Trick Shot challenge (please remember to unplug the toaster first!) Have you got what it takes? Please send your photos and/or video to your coach. https://t.co/iKswmIRMlg

18/01/21

Take part in Mr Hayden's 30-day fitness challenge! Starting today, live at 11am every weekday on Google Meet, Mr Hayden will be taking part in the exercises in this timetable. Who can complete the 30 days, we can't wait to find out! https://t.co/lmeRGGYKE7

15/01/21

A great photo of Emily in Year 9 training her flexibility for GCSE Dance. Well done Emily! https://t.co/tNvvBNtFQ0

15/01/21

Come and assist the Head of Mathematics enthuse and engage our students with our innovative curriculum! We are seeking an innovative maths teacher to join us in September 2021 as Second in Maths. Find out more and apply today: https://t.co/DIoxUywKYu

14/01/21

Miss King is really impressed with the engagement of Aureus students learning to dance online! If you want to take part in some great online tutorials, take a look at https://t.co/l0uco5pJBv Please share any photos/videos to media.org

14/01/21

Send a photo of your Science at Home experiment to media.org

14/01/21

Or for budding engineers, can you make your own cardboard chair? https://t.co/T4lLrH9T0G

14/01/21

Science at Home: Can you stand on a paper cup? Here is a link on how to take part in this challenge: https://t.co/TLxKm0RuM5

12/01/21

As part of our programme this year and inspired by the , we are celebrating virtually and we would like all students to focus on this year’s theme of shining a light in darkness. Send your entries to coaches by 25th January! https://t.co/ZzYQ7M9ofJ

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