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  • Aurora Hanley School - best SEN school in the country

    Published 24/06/24

    Aurora Hanley has been awarded the top national accolade of ‘Tes Specialist Provision School of the Year.’

    The school are championing sustainability and community issues, and their recent Community Food Project which tackles food waste and food poverty impressed the judges.

    Head of School Julie Martin said: “It is a huge honour to collect the award for ‘Specialist Provision School of the Year’ on behalf of our Aurora Hanley Team at the TES awards.

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  • Inspirational Stoke Principal Wins Prestigious National Teaching Award

    Published 20/06/24

    Principal Tracy Whitehurst from Aurora Hanley School in Bucknall has been recognised with a Silver Award 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 Hanley School start exciting Children’s Community Cooking Project

    Published 25/03/24

    An exciting new project has started with students at Aurora Hanley School.

    Pupils cook once a week for families in need in their local community as part of a partnership with St John’s Church in Abbey Hulton. 31 meals have been dished up so far.

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  • Top US magician holds local special educational needs school spellbound

    Published 19/10/23

    Top US magician Kevin Spencer visited pupils at Aurora Hanley School on 10 October to deliver interactive workshops. He’s recognised as the leading authority on the therapeutic use of simple magic tricks in physical and psychosocial rehabilitation.

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  • Kian’s story

    Published 29/06/23

    Kian, aged 12, has turned his school life around after a move from mainstream schooling to the independent specialist school Aurora Hanley, which supports young people aged 6 to 19 with complex needs associated with Autism spectrum conditions. 

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  • Agents of Change, featuring Aurora Hanley School

    Published 22/06/23

    The principal of Aurora Hanley School, Tracy Whitehurst, was recently interviewed in episode one of a new documentary about the challenges faced when trying to find the right support for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

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  • Aurora Hanley School recognised for advanced practice in Autism support by the National Autistic Society ​​​​​​​

    Published 15/06/23

    Aurora Hanley School in Bucknall, Staffordshire has been awarded Autism Accreditation by the National Autistic Society, the UK’s leading charity for autistic people.

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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 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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  • Aurora Hanley achieves Elklan Communication Friendly Status

    Published 09/08/22

    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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  • World class chef visits Aurora Hanley School

    Published 21/10/21

    Chicken katsu curry was on the menu for pupils at a specialist school in Stoke-on-Trent last week when they had a cookery lesson from a world renowned chef.

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  • Miniature Therapy Horses visit Aurora Hanley

    Published 07/06/21

    As part of Aurora Hanley's Mental Health Awareness Week activities, we had a lovely visit from Katy and her four miniature therapy horses and also Lisa our Maths Teacher bought in her bearded dragon, Inky.

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