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 in a spectacular location in the beautiful Dorset country side.

Who should consider Aurora Boveridge College?

Young people aged 16 to 25 who have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) and would benefit from:

  • Small class sizes

  • Specialist teaching

  • Specialist therapeutic support

  • An innovative and interesting curriculum

This may be due to:

  • Asperger’s syndrome

  • High Functioning Autism

  • Anxiety related conditions

  • ADHD

  • Acquired Brain Injury

  • Mental Health conditions

To meet individual needs we can also offer bespoke educational programmes for those students with additional needs aged 14 to 16 years, who may be unable to attend regular mainstream education provision due to increased anxiety.

Study Programmes:

Aurora Boveridge College offers dynamic and purposeful educational programmes which take into account uneven learning profiles, which other colleges sometimes find difficult to adapt to. Qualification levels range from Entry level 2 up to and including level 3 (A levels).

All study programmes involve an academic or vocational course in one of the following subject areas:

  • Land based studies

  • Horticulture

  • IT

  • Engineering

  • Hospitality and catering

  • Sport

In addition, all students study Maths and English, Life skills (including vital independence skills) and attend work experience.


aerial view of college and grounds

aerial view of college and grounds

exterior view of college

exterior view of college

Therapeutic Support:

The therapy team offer a proactive multi-disciplinary approach to promote the best outcomes for each student. These are integrated into learner’s programmes and supported by tutorial and residential staff.

The therapy team consists of:

  • Occupational therapy

  • Speech and Language therapy

  • Holistic therapy

  • Clinical Psychology

  • Psychiatry

Learner’s who find it difficult to control their behaviour will be encouraged to work with the therapy team to formulate a behaviour support plan which will identify key triggers and calming strategies.

Some expressive behaviours maybe the result of underlying sensory difficulties and therefore a sensory profile will be completed as part of our initial assessment. During this assessment period we also gain an accurate picture of learner’s abilities, interests, aspirations and needs, to ensure that their study programmes enable them to achieve the best possible outcomes.

Residential Support:

We provide up to 52 week residential placements. College accommodation will initially be on-site and comprises of:

  • Single Bedrooms (some en-suite)

  • Kitchens

  • Sitting rooms

Additional on site facilities include:

  • Cinema room

  • Gym

  • Art room

  • Games room

Staff are available 24 hours a day and are specifically trained to support the development of social, life and communication skills and resilience. Learner’s are also supported to develop self-coping and behaviour management strategies. 

Outreach Services

For young people who need extra support to re-engage with education, we offer an outreach service focused on facilitating a smooth transition into college.

Find Us:

Directions: enter Cranborne Village, with the square on your left. Follow the road round to the right onto Crane Street (all lead into one, no junctions) then follow the road round to the left and past the first school on your left. Follow the road onwards up a county lane for three quarters of a mile and the college drive way is on your left.


Contact Details:

Aurora Boveridge College



BH21 5RT

Principal: Kim Welsh

Mobile: 07392 872786.

Email: kim.welsh@the-aurora-group.com