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  • Ex-student receives promotion

    Published 17/05/24

    A few months ago we had the absolute pleasure of visiting Foxes graduate Harry at his place of work in Bath.

    Harry has been working at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Bath since graduating from Foxes in 2017. Since working at the hotel, Harry has been given a promotion to Junior Food and Beverage Supervisor for all his hard work and perseverance. We were so excited to hear of this news, that we jumped at the chance to come and film him in action, and to talk to his manager, Sonia, who gave some wonderful insight into what it's like to employ someone with a learning disability.

    We had the best time with Harry and the team and we hope you enjoy the video.


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  • Aurora Cedars thrilled with first Ofsted inspection

    Published 16/05/24

    Aurora Cedars in Wolverhampton which opened in June 2023 is thrilled to have its first Ofsted inspection and it’s been rated Good.

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  • Anna is donating her hair to Little Princess Trust Charity

    Published 16/05/24

    Anna lives with us at Aurora Orchard Manor, having come via our Meldreth Children’s Home. She has beautiful strawberry blond hair nearly 60cm long. She’s going shoulder length soon so donating her lovely hair to an amazing charity that helps young cancer patients.

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  • Helping to lead the way at The Caterer People Summit

    Published 14/05/24

    Mark Costello, Principal at Aurora Foxes, joined our Hilton partners to talk at The Caterer People Summit in London last week. The Caterer is the leading multimedia brand for the UK hospitality industry and the event was attended by around 90 delegates.

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  • Aurora Hanley School shortlisted for Tes Awards 2024

    Published 03/05/24
    The best schools across the country have been shortlisted by a panel of expert judges for this year’s Tes Schools Awards. Dubbed the ‘Oscars of education’ it’s a prestigious awards programme celebrating the best of education across the UK.

    Aurora Hanley School in Bucknall, Staffordshire have been shortlisted in the category of Specialist Provision School of the Year.


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  • Empowering students: Aurora Boveridge College's Money Works Programme

    Published 02/05/24
    Last term, a group of students at Aurora Boveridge College in Cranborne, Dorset, had the opportunity to participate in a two-day financial education programme hosted by the charity MyBNK.
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  • Aurora Boveridge College Awarded United Against Bullying Silver School Status ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

    Published 26/04/24

    Aurora Boveridge College in Dorset has been awarded Silver Status in the United Against Bullying (UAB) Programme for its steps to reduce bullying and improve the wellbeing of its students. 

    David Bird-Hawkins, Pastoral Lead at Boveridge College learned about the programme in May 2023. He took it as an opportunity to look at the college's current practices and work towards an accreditation for ongoing efforts to improve wellbeing and combat bullying. 

    The six-month programme initially involved a collaboration between staff members at Boveridge College and Aurora Beeches School.

    Later, everyone in the college got involved. Students filled out questionnaires and shared their thoughts in feedback sessions that provided valuable insights into the current levels of bullying and wellbeing. Parents and staff members were invited to review anti-bullying policies and offer suggestions for improvement. 

    The college had good systems to manage bullying, including the ‘concern cube’ where students could report concerns and bullying anonymously, and a dedicated email address where students could write if they felt they couldn’t speak in person with the team. Staff organised events like 'Odd Socks Day' to promote anti-bullying initiatives. 

    The UAB programme encouraged the creation of Anti-Bullying Ambassadors within the student community. These ambassadors now help as an additional channel for students to report bullying and give peer support. 

    David Bird-Hawkins said: “I felt that recruiting and training two ambassadors would give the college an additional support network, and it would mean we have trained students to become upstanders to bullying.

    “The ambassadors also help the team to keep on top of up-to-date trends, such as social media or slang that students are using. We can ask ambassadors to support with initiatives, raise awareness, review policies, and create student-friendly policies.”

    The college's approach to addressing bullying has evolved to focus on behaviour rather than labels, as recommended by the Anti-Bullying Alliance. Instead of using terms like 'bully' and 'victim', the focus is placed on understanding the wider roles involved in bullying, such as 'reinforcers' and 'assistants', 'bystanders' and 'defenders'. 

    By taking part in the UAB initiative, the students now have an extra channel to report bullying as well as a wider support system. The ambassadors are having calm, assertive and safe conversations with their peers and their roles have given them extra confidence and self-esteem. 

    The college's achievement of Silver Status in the UAB Programme is a recognition of its dedication to creating a safe and inclusive environment for all students.

    David said: "I'm so proud that we have achieved this award. It's great to be recognised by an established programme for our approach to bullying." 

    Aurora Boverdige College joins a group of schools across the UK that have taken part in the program, with 11% achieving Gold, 24% Silver, and 55% Bronze status. 

    Special thanks also go to Lydia Roberts, Pastoral and Outreach Lead from Aurora Beeches School and Hannah Webster, Education Learning Support Worker at Boveridge College. 
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  • Aurora Foxes unveil brand new Sensory Room

    Published 23/04/24

    We are delighted to unveil our new state-of-the-art Sensory Room, funded by Hilton!

    The aim was to create a space that provided a calm and relaxing environment for our students, that helps to regulate mood and emotions and promotes self-regulation.

    Aurora Foxes Occupational Therapist and Therapy Lead, Kerry Laing designed the space by sourcing sensory equipment that was both effective and affordable, meaning that if students found particular equipment to be beneficial, they would be able to re-create their own sensory spaces at home. Maintenance Team Leader, Steve Smith and his team then worked together to bring the vision to life!

    The Sensory Room is designed to engage all the senses and cater to the unique needs of our students. We're thrilled to see the students already enjoying the space and it's quickly becoming a new favourite spot. A big thank you to Hilton, Kerry, and Steve for making this possible!

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  • Gatsby Benchmark Success

    Published 17/04/24

    We’re thrilled to announce that Aurora Foxes has achieved 100% across all 8 Gatsby Benchmarks for good career guidance! 

    The Gatsby Benchmarks are part of the government's careers strategy and serve as a world class framework. At Aurora Foxes, we pledge to maintain our commitment to excellence, ensuring our career guidance strategy is a collaborative college-wide approach, for the benefit of our students' futures.

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  • Aurora Summerfields School in Wilmslow, Cheshire, has received an Ofsted ‘Good’ grading with two out of the four areas reviewed as ‘Outstanding.’

    Published 25/03/24

    Head of School Kirsty Jockel said: “We're thrilled with the outcome of our first full inspection, especially as we’ve been open for less than a year. I’ve had great support from staff, students and parents who have all contributed to the success of the school.”

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  • Aurora Beeches School in Cranborne, Dorset, has received an Ofsted ‘Good’ grading.

    Published 25/03/24

    Headteacher Adele Henson said: “We're thrilled with the results of our inspection and that we’ve maintained our Good grading. Ofsted highlighted our commitment to treating each student with care and respect, noting that “staff treat everyone as an individual” and that “staff help deepen their reading, writing, mathematics and science knowledge.” Not to mention that “pupils benefit from the wide-ranging sports facilities and expansive grounds” and that “many enjoy board games, including chess, or clubs such as art and craft or music.

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  • World Book Day at Aurora Schools

    Published 13/03/24

    Last week, our schools celebrated World Book Day. The school corridors were buzzing with excitement as pupils, teachers and staff took on the challenge to bring their favourite book characters to life.

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