A day and residential further education college supporting young people who may have a diagnosis of Autism, anxiety, social and emotional or mental health needs.

Placements:  Day, 38 week and up to 52 week residential Gender: Mixed Location: Cranborne, Dorset

Welcome to Boveridge College

I am pleased to introduce Aurora Boveridge College and share our unique way of working, which enables young people to achieve their goals, be successful and live fulfilling lives of their choosing.

Our multidisciplinary approach truly places students at the centre of everything we do. Our highly skilled and specialist teaching, support and therapeutic teams work with each young person to ensure their needs are fully met and that every achievement takes them closer to reaching their individual goals.

We ensure that our students are fully prepared for adult life, through person-centred academic and vocational study programmes leading to independent living with employment or further study. By working together, we increase resilience, confidence, self-esteem, emotional intelligence and well-being: the corner stones on which strong and successful long-term futures are built.

We welcome visitors throughout the year and look forward to hearing from you.

Kim Welsh - Executive Principal

Watch our young people, staff and families talk about their experience at Aurora Boveridge College.

What impressed me the most is how the different departments are working together to help our child, it’s great. This may be the norm for you guys, I assure you it’s a first for us.
— Parent


About our college and young adults

Age: 16 – 25 years and Outreach Service

Special Education Needs: person-centred study programmes for students with a range of complex challenges resulting in communication difficulties and barriers to learning in mainstream and some other specialist settings.  They may have a diagnosis of autism, acquired brain injury, anxiety disorders, social emotional or mental health conditions. 

High levels of support: all students are provided with enhanced support throughout the college day and provision can be made for those requiring higher levels of support, either full time or periodically, to enable access to the study programmes and participation in college activities. 

Flexible placements: day, 38-week and up to 52-week residential placements and bespoke outreach service.

Therapeutic support: clinical and therapeutic input is integral to our approach and is integrated throughout the college day to enable students to fully access the study programmes.

Our 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

Within a short drive the local surrounding communities provide additional opportunities with a cinema, theatre and leisure centre with a swimming pool.  Bournemouth and Poole are only 40 minutes away by car, with many leisure facilities on offer from the beach to shopping centres, restaurants and the beautiful historic Jurassic Coast. The market towns of Wimborne and Ringwood are approximately 14 miles away.

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, equine studies or animal care. We also offer more traditional vocational courses such as IT and basic mechanics. Alongside the vocational elements, we offer standard academic courses from Entry level 2/3 to Level 3, which includes A-levels in selected subjects.

Each study programme encompasses work-related learning, employability and independent living skills development. For students who do not have the equivalent of a C grade in English and Maths, these subjects form part of their programmes.


Through our multidisciplinary approach, all students are supported to follow a robust tutorial programme, which covers sensitive topics of adulthood such as:

  • Smoking & alcohol

  • Substance misuse

  • Keeping safe at night

  • Vulnerability when in the community

  • Online safety

  • Sex and relationships

  • Diversity & other cultures


Working together

Accessing the community and providing meaningful employability opportunities are key to ensuring that our students have the best possible life chances. We work with a range of external businesses and agencies to offer excellent work-related learning. These include:

  • Cranborne Estate and associated enterprises

  • Several hospitality venues and independent employers in the area

  • Kingston Maurward College

  • Bournemouth & Poole College


Even before a young person starts at Aurora Boveridge College, we begin planning their transition for when they move on.

By supporting our students to think and make decisions about their own future realistic goals, we can work to ensure they are best placed to achieve them, 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.

Once they leave college, we check in regularly to ensure they are coping well and support with problem-solving if required.

Outreach Services

For vulnerable 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 and the world around them. The aim is to remove barriers to learning and support re-engagement in formal education, therefore improving life opportunities.

Therapeutic Support

Our multidisciplinary team delivers specialist on-site therapy including Occupational, Speech and Language, Psychology, Psychiatry, and Holistic Therapy. Therapists work both directly with our students and indirectly through familiar and favoured staff to meet individual needs. Group and 1:1 sessions are offered where appropriate. Many of our students will be reluctant to accept therapeutic support initially and so our therapists develop trust by being seen around the college and joining in with activities.  One important aspect of the overall team approach is to teach self-coping strategies that enable learners to manage their own anxieties and behaviour as young adults.


Our residential accommodation is both homely and welcoming because we recognise that being away from home, especially for the first time, can be stressful for both our students and their families.

Each accommodation area comprises of 7 or 8 individual bedrooms, some of which are en-suite,  with communal 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. Our support staff encourage young people to keep in contact with their families at home, as their personal tutors do through regular home links.

The accommodation is also utilised in the teaching and development of vital independent living skills including: 

  • Planning and budgeting for daily tasks including shopping and making GP appointments

  • Cooking

  • Cleaning and laundry

  • Independent travel

  • Accessing community amenities safely

Learning to adopt a healthy lifestyle is key to gaining greater independence and incorporates good nutrition physical activity, good personal hygiene and sleep routines. All of which are vital to holding down regular employment.

Students help to plan their weekly menus, taking into account dietary requirements based on preference, religion and health needs.  Weekly resident meetings are held in each accommodation base, 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 housed in the main house, progressing to the small cottages around campus, then to accommodation within the village and finally to houses in a small town approx. 5 miles away. At each progression step, a carefully planned decrease in staff support encourages students to demonstrate and develop their ability to live more independently.

How to Find Us

Directions: Follow post code BH21 5RT

The college benefits from transport links around Bournemouth and Poole, including mainline train links to London in under 2 hours.


Contact Details

Address: Aurora Boveridge College, Cranborne, Wimborne, BH21 5RT

Principal: Kim Welsh

Tel: 01725 551247

Email: boveridgecollege@the-aurora-group.com

Proprietor: The Aurora Group, 33 Holborn, London, EC1N 2HT

Tel: 020 3617 0170

Polices and Information

Term Dates

Term Dates 2018 - 2019 - click here to view

Term Dates 2019/2020 - click here to view or download

Term Dates 2019/2020 The Beeches - Click here to view or download


Adult Safeguarding Policy - click here to view

Compliments and Complaints*  - click here to view

*the number of formal complaints are available upon request

DDA Equality & Accessibility Plan - click to view

GDPR Data Protection Policy - click to view

Whistleblowing Policy - click here to view

Anti-bullying Policy - Click here to view and download

Fire Safety Policy - click here to view

First Aid Policy - click here to view

Health & Safety Policy - click here to view

Admissions Policy - click here to view

Aurora Safer Working Practice - click here to view


Introduction to Boveridge College - click here to view

Prospectus - click here to view