Students and staff at the newest secondary school in Didcot headed into the Easter holidays celebrating a major milestone since opening in September.
The Aureus School held an afternoon of special events last week to mark 200 days since it opened its doors for the first time.
Tours and afternoon tea allowed guests to take a look at the new facilities enjoyed by both the school and the community.
“We have all been looking forward to our official opening and everyone has worked really hard to contribute to our history which is very much in the making,” executive headteacher Hannah Wilson said.
“Our Aureus community are very proud of our school, and everything we have achieved in our first two terms.
“The feedback from our guests was overwhelmingly positive as they recognised our vision, our values and our forward-thinking approach.”
Among the 120 invited guests was metal detectorist William Darley, who found the Aureus gold coins the school is named after in 1995.
Didcot Mayor Jackie Billington, councillors Nick Hards and Reg White and the chief executive officer of GLF Schools, Jon Chaloner, also took part in the celebrations.
School student council members Natalie, Malik, Edward, Oliver, Sameera, Lillie and Harry gave speeches about their ‘magic moments’ at ‘glorious Aureus’.
The school, run by multi-academy GLF Trust, opened with its first intake of Year 7 students in September and will continue to grow in numbers each year with 240 expected in 2018.
To help develop its holistic approach, Dr Neil Hawkes, a former Oxfordshire teacher and founder of Values-based Education, a cultural transformation group, officially opened the Thrive and Sensory Rooms.
He said: “I was so moved to be there and to experience the energy and creativity established at Aureus.
“I am proud to name it as an example of how the profession can develop a values-based school.”
Aureus was initially designated a STEM school (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) but has since become a STEAM school to include the arts.