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  • Inspirational Darwen Educator Wins Prestigious National Teaching Award

    Published 20/06/24

    Darwen educator Greg Smalley from Aurora Woodlands School has been recognised with a Silver Award for Unsung Hero in the Pearson National Teaching Awards. Selected from thousands of nominees, the win highlights the remarkable impact they have on shaping the lives of the young people in their care.

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  • Inspirational Stoke Principal Wins Prestigious National Teaching Award

    Published 20/06/24

    Principal Tracy Whitehurst from Aurora Haney School in Bucknall has been recognised with a Silver Award for in the Pearson National Teaching Awards. Selected from thousands of nominees, the win highlights the remarkable impact she has on shaping the lives of the young people in her care.

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  • Aurora Fairway School has achieved the IQM Inclusive School Award.

    Published 04/06/24

    IQM (Inclusion Quality Mark) was established in the UK in 2004 with the objective of supporting both state and independent schools to become inclusive.

    Julie Sadler, Headteacher, said: “We are delighted to have our inclusive practices validated, and have been invited to apply for Centre of Excellence status. Our school is often seen as a ‘family’, and inclusion is at the centre of everything we do.”

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  • Field Notes from Aurora Wilden View's Forest School

    Published 04/06/24

    Kate Kneale, the Forest School Lead at Aurora Wilden View in Kidderminster, shares their highlights from the past few months of outdoor learning with the school pupils.

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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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