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  • Hogging the limelight

    Published 02/05/23

    Aurora Boveridge College, a specialist further education college near Cranborne for young people with Autism spectrum conditions and associated needs, were thrilled to be awarded Bronze Hedgehog Friendly Campus status. 

    30 April to 6 May is Hedgehog Awareness Week and a chance to highlight the help these hogs need as they’re now classified as vulnerable to extinction. Projects such as Hedgehog Friendly Campus are needed to help to boost their numbers.

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  • World Autism Acceptance Week - Steven's story

    Published 30/03/23

    School’s out, but I wish it wasn’t

    It's World Autism Acceptance Week. To find out what a difference feeling accepted (being included and understood) makes, and how the right school can really make a difference to the lives of students, meet Steven.

    Steven Lyon is 12 and loving school.

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  • New special school opens in Wilmslow

    Published 28/03/23

    On 17 April, a new special school for pupils aged 5-19 opens in Wilmslow, Cheshire.

    Aurora Summerfields will support young people with complex communication and social needs typically associated with Autism Spectrum Conditions.

    The school will benefit from close links with Aurora Hanley in Stoke, which is rated Outstanding by Ofsted. 

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  • World Down Syndrome Day 2023

    Published 21/03/23

    21 March is World Down Syndrome Day – and that date’s no coincidence. It was chosen because it’s the 21st day of the third month, relating to the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome which causes Down Syndrome.

    The theme this year is With Us Not for Us. That’s something that Rebecca, 23, believes passionately.

    Rebecca is a third-year student at Aurora Foxes in Minehead – a specialist college and training hotel for young people with learning disabilities. She’s studying for a level 1 NVQ in Hospitality Services.

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  • Oscar-winning actor makes video message for students at specialist college in Somerset

    Published 14/03/23

    James Martin, Oscar-winning star of 'An Irish Goodbye' has made a video message for students at Aurora Foxes, a specialist catering college and training hotel for young people with learning disabilities.

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  • Darwen special school expanded to take girls

    Published 20/02/23

    Aurora Woodlands School in Darwen has been permitted by the Department for Education to educate more students and accept girls for the first time. 

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  • New Gloucestershire Special School Celebrates Good Ofsted Report

    Published 26/01/23

    New Gloucestershire special school Aurora Severnside has been awarded a rating of “Good” by Ofsted just over a year after opening.

    Aurora Severnside, near Berkley, opened in September 2021 and is an independent day school for pupils aged 11-16 with social, emotional and mental health needs.

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  • Outstanding recognition for Aurora Hanley School

    Published 01/12/22

    Aurora Hanley School is celebrating two impressive achievements after recently scooping a national award and getting Outstanding from Ofsted for the second time. 

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  • Aurora Boveridge College achieves Good Ofsted Rating

    Published 28/11/22

    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”.

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  • Anti-Bullying Champions

    Published 10/11/22

    Aurora White House School and Aurora Eccles School have achieved the Bronze ABQM-UK Award, and are now working towards the Silver Award by incorporating the relevant standards into their annual targets for the 2022/23 academic year.

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  • Aurora Woodlands School wins National Innovation Award

    Published 07/11/22

    Aurora Woodlands School wins national innovation award for its well-being provision for special needs pupils. Aurora Woodlands beat two other nominees shortlisted in its category to win the award at a ceremony in Brighton attended by around 300 delegates from schools across the country.

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  • Aurora Hanley School celebrates double exam and award success

    Published 01/09/22

    Aurora Hanley, an Ofsted Outstanding rated special needs school in Bucknall, Stoke-on-Trent is celebrating another year of exceptional exam success for its students – which included a 100% pass rate in GCSE English, Maths and Art. The good news on exam results day continued, as Aurora Hanley discovered they were a shortlisted finalist in the national Children & Young People Now Awards.

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