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We are ambitious for every child and young person at Aurora.

We encourage high expectations from and for all our young people. From the very first day they walk through our doors, we’re building foundations for their last day.

We see each person as an individual, who will move on to lead a fulfilling, independent life of their choosing.  Whether that is further education, employment, training or supported living.

Don’t just take our word for it, hear from inspiring young people, part of the Aurora family, about their outstanding achievements.

Building Futures

Olivia’s story

Olivia was a student at Aurora Foxes, our hospitality and catering training college for young people with learning disabilities.

She has since achieved outstanding outcomes in her life and work.

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Nathan’s story

Nathan felt overwhelmed in a large secondary school. This resulted in anxiety, low self-esteem and non-attendance. Woodlands School has given Nathan back his confidence, enabling him to re-engage in education, build positive relationships and make choices that will shape his future.

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James’ story

James lives at Aurora Orchard Manor, our residential service for young people with disabilities.

He is an inspiration to everyone who meets him, as recognised by his inclusion in World Beyond Disability Magazine feature, Tomorrow's Leaders.

Charlie’s story

Charlie struggled in a mainstream school. After our outreach he joined Caterham Education Centre for young people with social and communication difficulties typically associated with Asperger’s Syndrome and Autism. He is now training to be a Teaching Assistant. It goes to show in the right environment, despite all odds, anything is possible.

Celebrating Success

At Aurora we like to celebrate the outstanding achievements of our talented young people and our dedicated staff.

Please enjoy some of their success stories.

MBE for special needs head teacher's dedication to students

The head teacher of Aurora Foxes Academy in Somerset, whose students make her smile every day, has been recognised with an MBE in the New Year’s Honours List for her dedication to ensuring that young people with learning disabilities are achieving their potential despite the pandemic, with every graduating student passing their hospitality exams ready for employment.

Aurora Boveridge College receives top marks from Ofsted

Aurora Boveridge College near Cranborne has received the highest ranking from Ofsted following an unannounced monitoring visit. The inspectors said: “Leaders have very high expectations of what students can achieve. They provide a flexible curriculum that goes well beyond qualifications. For example, leaders introduced a level 3 mathematics programme for those who love mathematics as well as for those aspiring to A-level mathematics. For those students who find attending the college challenging, leaders provide successful, individualised programmes in student’s homes and communities. These help them to develop confidence and a desire to learn again.

The Forest Folk: helping children with SEND navigate the pandemic

Being surrounded by nature has been important for everyone’s wellbeing during lockdown. This is especially so for children with SEND, as their physical and mental health has deteriorated during the Covid crisis.

That’s why Aurora Eccles School in Quidenham, Norfolk has remained open throughout the pandemic. Continuing to run its forest school for children aged 7-19 with learning, communication and social interaction difficulties.

Led by two inspirational teachers and local heroes – Asa Hardy-Brownlie and Ian Sippitt - the forest school has its own remote learning ‘Forest Folk youtube channel and the videos are free for everyone to enjoy!

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The Beeches School Students’ Child Rights Work Wins UNICEF Accolade

The Beeches School in Dorset, praised for bringing out the best in young people with special educational needs, is celebrating students’ success in achieving Unicef UK’s Rights Respecting Schools’ Bronze Award for its commitment to child rights.

Recognition from the organisation, set up by the United Nations to champion child rights, comes just a year after Ofsted inspectors praised The Beeches School’s bespoke approach to education.