Aurora Boveridge College

Special needs catered for

• Communication difficulties and anxiety disorders;
• Asperger’s syndrome;
• High Functioning Autism;
• Anxiety related conditions;
• Mental Health conditions.

Specialist facilities

Set in an area of outstanding natural beauty Aurora Boveridge College sits in 16 acres of listed gardens and a wider 50 acre campus, located in the Dorset countryside near the village of Cranborne. The college facilities include:
•Well-equipped classrooms
•Vocational areas including a digital studio, science lab, horticulture learning areas with large glasshouses, motor vehicle workshops, animal care unit, art & design base
•Light and very spacious flexible communal rooms
•Sports court & multi-sports area
•Pastoral hub.

Support services provided

Study Programmes
We offer future-focused post 16 study programmes designed to enhance opportunities for employment and or further study. As the only independent specialist college to offer land based courses in the UK, we are uniquely placed to offer a range of vocational qualifications for students who enjoy subjects such as horticulture, grounds maintenance, green keeping or animal care. Our Grade II listed gardens provide the perfect resource for students who wish to pursue employment in these sectors; they are also a wonderfully therapeutic environment.

As a young person starts their journey at Aurora Boveridge College, we begin planning their transition for when they move on. By supporting our students to think for themselves and make decisions about their own future realistic goals, we work to ensure they are best placed to achieve these, whether that is by working towards specific required qualifications or vocational experience or focusing on developing key life skills.

Their transition focuses around supporting them to reconnect with their home locality or the locality they wish to live in. We support them to find accommodation, employment and/or further study opportunities and build sustainable and independent lives for themselves.

Outreach Services
For students who are initially unable to access the college site, due to high anxieties for example, we provide a bespoke outreach service to support pro-active re-engagement in learning. The aim is to remove barriers to learning and support re-engagement in formal education, therefore improving life opportunities.

Our residential accommodation has a homely and welcoming feel. Each accommodation area comprises of 7 or 8 individual bedrooms, some en-suite, and have communal living areas for socialising. Shared laundry and cooking facilities are available. Residents are welcome to personalise their individual rooms with items from home to help them settle in and feel more comfortable.

Teaching and development of vital independent living skills extends to the residential setting and further afield to include:

• Planning and budgeting for daily tasks including shopping and making GP appointments;
• Cooking;
• Cleaning and laundry.

General environment

Aurora Boveridge College is an independent specialist residential and day college, offering a range of academic and vocational courses leading to employment, further and higher education. We are leading the way in supporting young people aged 16 – 25 years with communication difficulties, social, emotional and mental health needs.

Aims and philosophy

We focus on developing skills that lead to employment, further and higher education.


Aurora Boveridge College
BH21 5RT


01725 551247



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