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Aurora Boveridge College achieves Good Ofsted Rating

Aurora Boveridge College in Dorset has received a positive rating for its first full Ofsted since it opened in 2017. Describing it as calm, nurturing and friendly, Ofsted gave Aurora Boveridge a “good” rating overall and noted that behaviour and attitudes were “outstanding”.

Situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty, Boveridge is a day and residential independent specialist college, offering person-centred academic and vocational study programmes for young people with autism spectrum conditions and social, emotional and mental health needs.

Students aged 16 to 25 have the use of the house and its gardens and enjoy access to a range of specialist on-site facilities including a working mini-farm and a kitchen garden.

“The work Boveridge College has done with my son has been incredible,” said Daniela Colombo, the mother of 18-year-old student Charlie. “He previously spent three years not attending education and is now full time at Boveridge and looking at sitting his GCSEs which is unbelievable. He’s made such progress in a very short space of time. I’m over the moon with the amazing support he has received from the college, from occupational therapy, to breakfast in the mornings, to helping him to settle into a routine. I cannot thank them enough.”

Alongside a wide range of academic courses, Boveridge offers a bespoke curriculum and runs many nationally recognised vocational subjects such as hospitality and catering, motor vehicle, horticulture and animal care.

“Our Inspectors praised a wide range of the college’s strengths and we are immensely proud of this achievement. Our holistic approach, along with our highly trained members of staff, help to ensure our students’ needs are met and they’re prepared for whatever they want to do in the future,” said college principal Lloyd Richards. “This first report is a recognition of the hard work and dedication of our excellent staff team and our students, and is something that I know our college community will take great pride in.”

Mr Richards went on to say that the college welcomes applications from teaching professionals and education support workers.

“We offer competitive salaries and fund training so you can gain the qualifications you need while you earn, in an amazing environment,” he said. “It’s a great opportunity for anybody interested in pursuing a career in specialist education and support.”