Aurora Hanley School

Special needs catered for

Aurora Hanley School is located in the heart of Stoke, offering flexible day and for students aged 6 to 19 years with complex communication and social difficulties.

Students may be on the autistic spectrum, have Asperger's Syndrome or other difficulties that impact their emotional health and wellbeing and create barriers to learning.

Aurora Hanley provides an educational environment that not only supports these specific learning needs, but also enables students to work at a pace that’s right for them.

With the right support, most students will have the opportunity to achieve academic success and work towards GCSEs and other qualifications.

Specialist facilities

The school has been designed specifically to support children who struggle in larger mainstream environments and offers:

• Specialist teaching and high staff ratios
• Bespoke, flexible curriculum
• Small classes of up to 6 students
• Clinical Psychology and therapeutic support
• Break out spaces and sensory room
• Classrooms for science, art and cooking
• Safe outdoor spaces.

Support services provided

Aurora Hanley School provides a broad, balanced and differentiated National Curriculum, where subjects are personalised to take account of abilities, interests and needs, to promote positive engagement and achievement. All tasks and activities are person-centred, meaningful and outcomes focused.
Students benefit from small class groups, high staffing ratios and individual timetables, developed to meet their personal learning styles. They are encouraged to make choices and input into their own programmes and contribute to the day-to-day running of the school.

Education extends into the local community and city, giving students opportunities to learn practically in everyday environments. Outdoor activities are geared towards students developing their self-confidence, tolerance and social skills in a range of stimulating environments.

Every student has a keyworker who offers consistent support and encouragement throughout the school day. Individual behaviour management plans support students’ understanding of how their behaviours impact on them and on others. Increasing this understanding ultimately leads to the joint development of positive self-regulation and coping strategies which in turn helps them to make progress in their learning and have a positive school experience.

Aims and philosophy

We want every child and young person in our service to develop and achieve their full potential; educationally, socially and personally.

By providing person-centred programmes with a therapeutic approach, targeting social skills as well as educational outcomes, we’ll enable students to develop and grow in their own unique and inspiring ways.


Aurora Hanley School
Cambrian Way, off Eaves Lane,


01782 973 737



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Tracey Whitehurst

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