Boveridge College is an independent specialist residential and day provision, offering a range of academic and vocational courses for young people aged 16-25 with communication difficulties and anxiety disorders
The focus is on developing skills to lead to employment, further and higher education.
About our college and young adults
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.
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.
We also offer more traditional vocational courses such as IT, hospitality and catering and basic mechanics, these are taught by industry specialists to industry-wide standards. Alongside the vocational elements, we offer standard academic courses.
We are linking with a range of external businesses and agencies to offer excellent work-related learning and employment opportunities. These include:
Cranborne Estate and associated enterprises
Several hospitality venues and independent employers in the area
Kingston Maurward College
Bournemouth & Poole College
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.
During their transition year, the focus is 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.
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.
Who should consider Aurora Boveridge College?
aerial view of college and grounds
Young people aged 16 to 25 who are likely to have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) and would benefit from:
Small class sizes with high staff ratios
Specialist therapeutic support
An innovative and interesting curriculum
Students may have challenges as a result of:
High Functioning Autism
Anxiety related conditions
Acquired Brain Injury
Mental Health conditions
We can also offer bespoke educational programmes for younger students with additional needs aged 14 to 16 years, who may be unable to attend regular mainstream education provision due to increased anxiety.
Our Services and Facilities
The College is situated in a spectacular location in the beautiful Dorset country side, near the village of Cranborne. The college facilities include:
Modern well-equipped classrooms
Vocational areas including a digital studio, science lab and catering facilities
Light and spacious flexible communal rooms
Art and design room
Sports court and multi-sports area
A short drive from the college, there is a cinema, theatre and leisure centre including swimming pool. The large conurbation of Bournemouth and Poole are easily accessible, with many leisure facilities on offer such as the beach, shopping centres, restaurants, cinemas, and Jurassic Coast.
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
Cleaning and laundry
Accessing community amenities safely
Residents plan their weekly menus and are encouraged to attend weekly meetings to plan group and individual leisure activities both on and off-campus.
The College offers a step-down approach to developing independent living skills, with residents initially living in the main house, progressing to small cottages around campus, then to accommodation within the village and finally to houses in town approx. 5 miles away. At each progression stage, a carefully planned decrease in staff support encourages students to demonstrate and develop their ability to live more independently.
Directions: Turn left into Cranborne Village Square by the telephone box, signposted Boveridge, taking right-hand fork at the far end of the Square. Stay on this road past the farm, turning right signposted Damerham, following HSWEETS signs. After approx. 300 yards taking the track on the left next to cottage into the college grounds. Proceed for approx. half a mile.
Aurora Boveridge College
Principal: Kim Welsh
Mobile: 07392 872786.
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