Today, we completed the transfer of The National Autistic Society's Anderson School to The Aurora Group. The school will now be known as the Aurora Hedgeway School, after students were invited to choose a new name.

The change of name marks a new chapter in the history of this much-loved school, which was opened by The National Autistic Society in 2013 to provide education, and some residential places to local children on the autism spectrum. 

Aurora has been keen to maintain continuity and are keeping the staff team in place and have ensured there was minimal disruption to students. They have a strong track record of working with children on the autism spectrum and those with special educational needs and have ambitious plans to invest in the school so it continues to grow and develop. 

Jacqui Ashton Smith, Executive Director of Education at The National Autistic Society, said: “We’ve always known that this school had tremendous potential, so we are pleased to be able to transfer its ownership to The Aurora Group. They have lived up to their excellent record, working closely with the charity, parents, staff and students to ensure the transfer has been as seamless as possible.” 

“We’re very pleased that the school will continue to grow, preparing local children and young people on the autism spectrum for adulthood. We know the Hedgeway School and everyone here will have a very bright future.”

You can find out more about the Aurora Hedgeway School on their website.