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20/06/21

We will do! Keep an eye out for what we're up to 👀

20/06/21

Another amazing and experience for our students at Aureus Primary! Only just beginning on our journey and can't wait to see the impact it has for our community

20/06/21

Last week Y1 were visited by Harry and Roger, Morris Men from the Abingdon Traditional Morris Dancers. They had a wonderful afternoon learning the Princess Royal Dance. A great afternoon engaging with our local heritage! https://t.co/5Y0sW2ch1e

16/06/21

We're so excited to begin on our journey with and . Can't wait to enhance our arts and cultural offer even further!

28/05/21

What do you think?! Let's see your protestors in Banbury!

28/05/21

Some more of our awesome Y4 protestors https://t.co/YVSLwJHwSq

28/05/21

Some of our awesome Y4 protestors https://t.co/Gr2N5Hb6Hh

28/05/21

Today, as part of the school's termly Climate Change Day and their term's STEAM project, Year 4 have held their very own climate demonstration. We are so proud of how the next generation are standing up for what they believe in. https://t.co/swMbXXnz3h

21/05/21

Aureus Primary School are recruiting for a Learning Assistant to join our incredible team with an immediate start. More details available on the link: https://t.co/EHonPILFOB

13/05/21

Eid Mubarak to all our families celebrating today and tomorrow - we wish you and your families happiness, hope and joy on Eid al-Fitr https://t.co/einre2eyoe

06/05/21

Our Nursery children had a great morning exploring our nature area (despite the not so glorious British weather). Brilliant learning going on in our local environment. https://t.co/vL3182kVaV

30/04/21

Some unexpected visitors arrived this morning at Aureus Primary School. We don't remember signing up for Canadian exchange students! https://t.co/z1wmoWm9Xx

25/04/21

Did you know, researchers have found that learning to play a musical instrument can enhance verbal memory, spatial reasoning and literacy skills? We've been making sweet music at APS with the help of 🎵🎶🎼 https://t.co/fv0CG1Xqh8

25/04/21

Retweeted From GLF Schools TT

GLF's SCITT Team have entered the final term of their recruitment campaign! 📚 If you're considering becoming a teacher for September 2021, speak to a member of our team via info.org or visit our website for more information 👉 https://t.co/HyOS8nTDaT

23/04/21

Look at the amazing learning going on at our sister school Great work guys! 👏👏👏 https://t.co/qDsgxO5FaQ

21/04/21

Awesome stuff Mr Mc!

21/04/21

Let's see what you're up to! 👀

21/04/21

This term's whole-school STEAM question is, 'Can I develop an understanding of the living world around me?' 💡 Valentina Class (Y3) have been investigating conditions for plant growth and are even having a sunflower competition for good measure! 🌻 https://t.co/iAYuSSCnYU

Posted on: 29/10/2020

Celebrating a decade of collaborative success

Aureus Primary is joining our GLF colleagues in celebrating a decade of partnership working which started with Glyn School and Danetree Primary and now has more than 40 schools, including our own.

 

October sees the milestone anniversary of the two schools working together to lay the foundations for what, a decade later, has become GLF Schools, with 41 secondary and primary schools across five different local education authorities.

 

GLF’s CEO Jon Chaloner was head teacher of Glyn when it began, and has since moved to his current position, covering the whole group and guiding that initial partnership onwards, outwards and upwards to what it has become today. 

He said what began out of necessity soon emerged as an opportunity for something much bigger and more innovative. 

“At the end of September 2010, Danetree did not have a permanent head teacher, so the local authority asked local schools for their availability to help,” he said. 

“Glyn was a National Support School and I was, and still am, a National Leader of Education, so the motivation was simple. Danetree’s children needed leadership as soon as possible, so we put together a team to help, and things developed from there.” 

Glyn had been through something of a transformation of its own with its Ofsted rating moving from satisfactory to outstanding across the course of seven terms between 2006 and 2009, so Jon said it was clear that they were in a position to lend a helping hand. 

“We were ideally placed to share our experiences of a rapid school improvement journey but we soon learnt how the primary sector was different, so we couldn’t just replicate what we’d achieved at Glyn,” he said.

“This has proved to be a valuable lesson for what GLF has gone on to become. One size does not fit all when it comes to schools, and things need to be made to measure. We always bear that in mind.”

The collaboration was important for both schools and current head teacher at Glyn, Matt Duffield, explained: “The journey in school improvement that Glyn has been on since the partnership with Dantree began in 2010 has been remarkable. We are delighted that this association has developed into a much richer and broader relationship with the 40 other schools and 15,000 children.”

Long-term planning and learning lessons for future projects were nowhere on the agenda at this point, however.  

“The partnership was only intended to last for that one academic year,” Jon continued.  “Link-ups of this sort between schools were becoming common at that time, but this was the first occasion in Surrey where a primary and a secondary school had teamed up that way. 

"It was a win-win situation, though. Danetree needed leadership to address matters from its Ofsted report the previous year, and it was a great opportunity for Glyn’s 12 Advanced Skills Teachers to gain more experience in that field. 

"Unintentionally, it soon became clear how much both sides were benefitting from the experience, and how advantageous it might be to pursue it further.” 

The head teacher at Danetree school Bethan Smith said the school had ‘benefited unreservedly from the support provided by GLF.

“As a result of effective partnership working, sharing expertise and learning from one another, Danetree has gone from strength-to-strength. The highly skilled central team provides support and challenge, which has enabled all schools within the trust to work effectively to achieve a common goal. I feel privileged to be part of the academy trust,” she said.

A subsequent Ofsted inspection in November of that year noted Danetree’s improvements as a result of the partnership, so much so that the local authority asked Glyn’s governors to extend it for the year 2011-12, which Danetree’s governors welcomed. This later became permanent, and as Glyn was an academy, Dantree converted to being one as well, and in September 2012 GLF Schools was founded. 

Shortly after this, GLF Schools received an approach from the governors of another local school, Cuddington Croft Primary, and later that year the Department of Education identified Glyn as a potential sponsor for several other underperforming Surrey primary schools, with four more schools joining in autumn 2013, and two brand new primaries also signing up. GLF Schools was starting to grow, and has continued to do so, but only as and when it feels right. 

“Today GLF comprises schools that have chosen to join, brand new schools that we have opened and also three more sponsored schools where there was a record of underperformance,” Jon said. 

“The blend of schools is strategic, rather than a random collection. Expansion has needed to be based upon the geography of our existing schools as well as being in a position to support all schools, whatever their performance at that time.” 

Despite many schools now bearing the GLF brand, Jon says the priority has always been the individuality of the school, not the group identity. “We always aim that schools should retain their individual identity and place in their local community, with our identity being less prominent,” he said.  “One thing that I hope does unite us all, though, is the message of being stronger with us than without us. That was the philosophy when it was just two schools, and it remains the same now.” 

GLF Schools’ greatest achievement over the last 10 years, Jon says, is the pupils its schools have produced. “Their personal achievements are vast and these are enabled through the partnerships between home, school and the trust,” he said.  

“Our schools are bound by a sense of purpose for our children and their families, and our leaders and governors contribute in many ways to the group’s continued development. We are one team, with many shared aspirations for each school.” 

The past 10 years have taken an initial two schools on a journey to something much bigger than anyone involved at the start could have anticipated, and when it comes to looking forwards, Jon is happy to keep his head down and continue encouraging the good work across the group. 

“In five years’ time we’ll still be here, supporting schools to be the best they possibly can be,” he said. 

“Education is essential for our society. Our schools will continue to be schools for their local communities, a place where all children who attend have the opportunity to ‘grow, learn and flourish’.”