Aurora Eccles School supports students with communication challenges and learning difficulties.
About Our School
Aurora Eccles School provides flexible day and residential placements for students aged 5 to 19 years with communication and associated difficulties or specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia. Some may be on the autistic spectrum or have anxieties and difficulties that create barriers to learning.
Many benefit from the specialist teaching and nurturing environment at Eccles School, having experienced difficulties in a mainstream setting.
Aurora Eccles School offers the perfect learning environment to meet the individual needs of students, enabling them to develop and achieve their full potential, ready when they leave to go on to further education, training or employment.
Specialist teaching, together with small class sizes and a nurturing approach enables students to work at a level and pace that’s right for them to achieve their goals. Focus is given to building self-esteem and confidence by implementing strategies to support students’ individual needs to engage in education, as well as developing their social and independence skills.
There are many opportunities to join in with a variety of extra curricular activities including sports, societies and the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze, Silver and Gold awards. Aurora Eccles School achieved 98% success rate at GCSEs and BTecs in the summer of 2017.
It’s quite simple – we believe in empowering uniqueness. We want every child and young person to achieve their full potential; educationally, socially and personally. We work with students to help them grow and develop in their own unique and inspiring ways.
Ultimately, our aim is to ensure young people are prepared for their future, by giving them strategies to have choices in life – whether that’s further education, which includes being able to access mainstream settings, training or to explore job opportunities.
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Our Service & Facilities
Set in 28 acres of beautiful Norfolk countryside in Quidenham near Norwich, Eccles School provides:
Extensive outdoor recreation areas
Large Sports Fields
Indoor Swimming pool
Activity Centre and Climbing Wall
Small class sizes and high staff ratios
Specialist 'hub' supporting more complex needs
Specialist classrooms for Science, Music, Drama and Art
Break out areas for quiet time
Our Approach to Education
Aurora Eccles School offers specialist education programmes and a curriculum that is broad, balanced and differentiated based on the National Curriculum, where subjects and approach to learning are personalised to take account of abilities, interests and needs.
The Junior department offers a warm and friendly introduction to school where younger students can feel comfortable exploring learning techniques and develop a positive attitude to education. Work around areas of self-confidence, self-esteem and social skills establish a good grounding for developing their independence as they move through the school.
As students progress to the Senior department at Year 7 the emphasis is on their strengths and in supporting them in areas of the curriculum and learning where they are experiencing challenges.
Our Sixth Form offers a range of subjects from GCSE, BTEC and Vocational Courses. Sixth Form studies at Eccles School are not solely academic but also address the whole learning experience, exploring vocational skills and preparing for adulthood.
At Aurora we know ‘one size does not fit all’ and some students with communication and associated difficulties are likely to experience challenges with social communication and interaction with others and may have additional issues around their understanding of the social rules. These difficulties can impact on their emotional wellbeing, behaviour and ability to participate in education. They are offered more intensive individualised support from ‘the Hub’ which focuses on breaking down the barriers to learning while retaining access to the wider curriculum.
There is a wide ranging club and activities programme at Eccles School including community projects, Duke of Edinburgh Award and Junior Leadership Challenge. Students are encouraged to join in and experience new challenges in a supported environment and develop friendships and teamwork skills.
Physical education is an important part of the curriculum and the school is well resourced with extensive grounds, an indoor swimming pool and activity centre. All students take part in a range of individual and team sports, and both inter-house and external fixtures against other schools are planned regularly throughout the academic year.
Sporting Activities available at Eccles School:
Rugby Union, Hockey, Football, Netball, Cross Country Running, Swimming, Horse Riding, Athletics, Rounders and Soft Ball, Cricket, Volleyball, Basketball, Tennis, Archery, High Ropes, Climbing Wall, Dance, Martial Arts.
Club Activities available at Eccles School:
Swimming Personal Survival, Archery, Golf, Pottery, Basketball, Art, Calligraphy, Fitness, Table Tennis, High Ropes Course, Drama, Craft, Gardening, Choir, Rugby, Board Games, e.g. Chess, Fire Service, Cooking, Camp Craft, Community Care.
We welcome children and young people from overseas and accept students for short, medium and long term stays in the school and there are various courses which will support all students no matter the length of their stay. English as an Additional Lanuage (EAL) is offered as part of the curriculum.
Eccles School provides flexible residential options including full, weekly and flexi-resi. Children are allocated houses based on age and gender.
Residential areas include TV and games rooms and quiet areas. There is a busy and varied weekly routine ensuring a balance between work and leisure. There are opportunities for students to get involved in out-of-school activities and clubs.
At the weekend a published programme of activities and excursions is organised and includes shopping trips to Norwich, visits to other local places of interest and organised events in school grounds.
1. Enquiry received from parent/carer/professional
2. Open Day or preliminary visit arranged
3. Consultation received from the local authority/private funder
4. School multidisciplinary team (MDT) review documentation and provide initial response to local authority/private funder
5. Assessment visit agreed and undertaken
6. School MDT discuss whether Aurora Eccles can meet the student’s needs
7. In agreement with the local authority/private funder a half day taster introduction arranged
8. Aurora Eccles consult with the local authority/private funder around student’s suitability
9. Local authority/private funder is advised of Aurora Eccles decision to offer/decline placement
10. Where offer of placement is agreed a request for funding is made to the local authority/private funder
11. Following local authority/private funder agreement to place the student a transition meeting is arranged
12. Start date is confirmed and welcome pack sent to the student/parents/carers.
How to Find Us
Eccles School is just one mile from the major Norwich to London A11. Norwich is twenty miles to the north east and Cambridge is only forty five minutes’ drive away, with London under two hours by road.
The school is less than twenty minutes' drive from the nearest Intercity rail station at Diss on the main London (Liverpool Street Station) to Norwich line. East Anglia is well served by Stansted Airport linking the region easily to mainland Europe. Norwich Airport links directly with the International hub of Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam.
Address: Aurora Eccles School, Quidenham, Norwich, Norfolk, NR16 2NZ
Tel: 01953 887217
Headteacher: Chris Brown
Referral Enquires: Referrals@the-aurora-group.com
Proprietor/Governing Body: Jeanette Young
The Aurora Group, 33 Holborn, London EC1N 2HT
Tel: 020 3617 0170
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