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  • Aurora pupils make a big splash

    Published 09/08/22

    Aurora Eccles and Aurora White House raised nearly £2,000 for the charity Marie Curie by organising a Swimathon in their school pool.  This was the first time the schools have participated in the national fundraising challenge, with over 100 students taking part. 

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  • Aurora Hanley achieves Elklan Communication Friendly Status

    Published 05/08/22

    Aurora Hanley, an Ofsted Outstanding rated special needs school in Bucknall, Stoke-on-Trent has added to its impressive array of awards by achieving Elklan Communication Friendly Setting (CFSe) accreditation.

    We are passionate that every young person deserves the opportunity to succeed – and as our students often have complex communication needs associated with Autism spectrum conditions, finding tailored solutions to help students develop their communication skills and confidence is essential.”

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  • Aurora Woodlands School in line for National Innovation Award

    Published 28/07/22

    Aurora Woodlands School has been nominated for a national innovation award for its high quality provision for special needs pupils.

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  • Aurora Hedgeway School gets positive Ofsted rating

    Published 22/07/22

    Aurora Hedgeway School has received a positive Ofsted report with the pupils describing it as a ‘sanctuary’. Aurora Hedgeway, whose pupils have complex communication needs typically associated with autism, was praised for its effective leadership and the promotion of pupils’ personal development.

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  • Aurora Woodlands School rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted

    Published 21/07/22

    Aurora Woodlands School received a positive Ofsted report - achieving a ‘Good’ rating for all the assessed criteria. Describing the school as a happy and welcoming place, the report highlighted regular attendance, positive attitudes and improvement in behaviour and learning.

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  • The Aurora Group strengthens leadership team with Chief Operating Officer appointment

    Published 27/06/22

    The Aurora Group, the leading provider of education, care and support services for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities - has strengthened its senior leadership team with the appointment of Sharon Pearson as Chief Operating Officer. Sharon was successful in applying for the new board-level COO role, having previously held the position of Operations Director (North) with The Aurora Group.

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  • Foxes new catering truck off to a flying start!

    Published 12/05/22

    Aurora Foxes has launched The Flying Fox food truck on the Minehead Promenade outside the Foxes Hotel. The truck gives Foxes' students the opportunity to cater for a variety of events, from food fairs to music festivals, boosting their skills and confidence while preparing them for employment in the hospitality industry.

    Principal Emma Cobley MBE said the experience will "give our students the skills, knowledge and confidence to successfully shape their own futures." 

    The Flying Fox will welcome customers on the promenade three days a week throughout the summer term, serving a selection of paninis and rice boxes. Students will be running the truck, learning outdoor service skills including food preparation, hygiene and storage.

    Students named the Flying Fox truck after the Flying Fox café, which was put in place during lockdowns, with menu ideas created by Foxes students, hotel chefs and Stuart Duff, Corporate Chef for the UK and Ireland, Hilton. The truck is funded by a £30,000 grant from the Hilton Global Foundation. Hilton has been a partner of Aurora Foxes since 2015 and has provided work placements for over 30 Foxes' students. They are set to offer a further number of placements later this year. Currently, seven Aurora Foxes graduates are employed in six of Hilton's hotels. 

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  • Aurora Eccles School Teacher Honoured in Prestigious UK Celebration of Teaching

    Published 28/06/21

    Selected from thousands of nominations, Ian Sippitt from Aurora Eccles School has been honoured as one of 102 Pearson National Teaching Silver Award winners across the country. Ian Sippitt was honoured with a Silver Award in The Lockdown Hero Award for Learner and Community Support for their outstanding commitment to changing the lives of the children they work with every day. 

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  • Aurora Keyes Barn students as keen as mustard at cookery workshop

    Published 26/05/21

    Students at Aurora Keyes Barn School in Preston got the chance to learn new skills and try new dishes at the cookery session, hosted by the charity Adopt a School.

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    Published 29/04/21

    Aurora 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.

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  • New Chairperson for The Aurora Group

    Published 01/03/21

    Graham Baker has been appointed as the new Chairperson for The Aurora Group.

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  • MBE for special needs head teacher's dedication to students

    Published 31/12/20

    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.

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