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A day school supporting young people aged 14-16 with autistic spectrum conditions including Asperger’s syndrome, social and emotional difficulties, anxiety disorders and mental health needs.

Placements: Day, 25 placements Gender: Mixed Location: Cranborne, Dorset

We provide highly person-centred Key Stage 4 study programmes leading to employment or further education and independent living. With academic or vocational future focused pathways, our programmes are all about enabling young people to make choices about their own futures.

They are supported to make positive life decisions, work towards gaining qualifications and employability skills for their chosen careers and learn independent preparation for life skills.

We offer a varied curriculum from Entry Level 3, with academic core subjects such as English, Maths, Sciences, Humanities, Art and Photography up to GCSE level, as well as vocational subjects including horticulture, animal care, motor vehicle engineering and digital IT.


Thank so you much for the journey you are taking us on, the difference it is making to our child’s life takes my breath away.
— Parent


Our Facilities

Set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), The Beeches School is situated within the Aurora Boveridge College campus located in the Dorset countryside near the village of Cranborne.

The facilities include:

  • Modern 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

  • Sports court & multi-sports area

  • Forest school

Our Approaches

At Beeches School it is important our students are fully involved in choices around their own programmes whilst focussing on their future goals. Alongside working on the skills needed for employment or further study, students will also engage with our therapy team to support their long term success and develop essential independent living skills.

Transition is an important aspect of school life, and one, which we begin to develop before they even start. During their time at The Beeches School, students will have individual regular appointments with an independent careers advisor and plenty of opportunities to try different work options through our work based learning programme.

Since our child has been at Aurora he is a changed young man, he is more out-going, more confident and enjoying his education. He finally feels accepted for who he is.
— Parent

Case Study

This student had been taught in isolation in a large mainstream school for the last couple of years and was now a school refuser, he suffered from severe anxiety, which dominated his and his family’s life. He has a late diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorder and due to anxiety was a selective mute.

Having attended the college for 18 months now, he has 100% attendance, travels to and from college in the college minibus with his peers, participates fully in all aspects of college life. Lunches in the communal refectory, is a member of the student council, has organised a charity dog show, has undertaken off site activities both with the college and with his peers in the evenings or at weekends.

He can confidently talk to everyone and is a student ambassador giving talks to new students and supports prospective students and parents in tours of the campus. Last summer he undertook nine GCSE’s following one year of study instead of the usual two, and achieved Grade 9 in all. He is now working on his A levels with a view to going to a top flight university to study a science degree.

How to Find Us

Directions: Follow post code BH21 5RT


Term Dates

Term Dates 2019/20 - click here to view


Introduction to The Beeches School click here to view

The Beeches School Prospectus click here to view


Admission Policy - click here to view

Anti Bullying Policy - click here to view

Attendance Policy - click here to view

Behaviour Management Policy - click here to view

Care and First Aid Policy - click here to view

Child Protection & Safeguarding Policy - click here to view

Curriculum Policy - click here to view

Exclusion Guidance - click here to view

Compliments & Complaints Policy* - click here to view

*the number of formal complaints are available upon request

DDA Equality Scheme - click here to view

Fire Safety Policy - click here to view

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Health and Safety Policy - click here to view

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Contact Details

Address: Aurora Boveridge College - The Beeches School, Cranborne, Wimborne, BH21 5RT

Head of School: Lydia Roberts

Tel: 01725 551247


Proprietor: The Aurora Group, Twigworth Court Business Centre, Unit 13, Tewkesbury Rd, Gloucester GL2 9PG

Tel: 020 3617 0170