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Aurora Foxes Academy

The specialist college and training hotel for young people with learning disabilities
Foxes Academy is a specialist hospitality and catering training hotel
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Aurora Foxes Academy
Foxes Fields
Selbourne Place
TA24 5TY


  • Foxes Hotel
    The Esplanade
    TA24 5QP
  • Course Length (weeks):
    38 weeks per year
  • Residential or Day:
  • Start Time:
    September onwards
  • Maximum Number of Students:
  • Age Range:
    16 – 25


General Description

Aurora Foxes is an Ofsted Outstanding specialist college situated in the friendly seaside community of Minehead, Somerset. Our courses are holistic, offering young adults with learning disabilities tuition in hospitality and catering whilst working in a hotel open to the general public. Students train in independent life skills in residential accommodation supported by a highly experienced House Team Leader and team.

Aurora Foxes exists for its learners. We believe in changing lives and giving young people the skills and knowledge to shape their own futures.

Aurora Foxes is also a Disability Confident Leader, an award which recognises that we are changing perceptions about employing people with disabilities.

Catchment Area

Our students come from all over the United Kingdom.


Our curriculum promotes independent life skills and work-related experience that leads towards qualifications which are recognised by employers, along with outstanding outcomes.

  • National Vocational Qualifications - Level 1 in Hospitality & Catering
  • City and Guilds Entry Level 3 - Introduction to the Hospitality Industry 
  • City and Guilds Level 1 - Introduction to the Hospitality Industry 
  • City & Guilds qualifications in Functional English, Maths and ICT - Entry Level 1 - Level 2
  • English Speaking Board – Entry Level 1 - Level 1
  • Food Safety & Hygiene in Catering Level 1 or 2 
  • Pathway to Life - Independent Living Skills 
  • Pathway to Life - Vocational
  • City & Guilds 5546 Employability Skills qualification

At Aurora Foxes our curriculum is enhanced by a range of learning and development opportunities: 

  • External work experience placements
  • Development of soft skills 
  • Participation in catering events
  • Additional vocational learning opportunities 
  • Personal development week workshops
  • Student Leadership Team
  • Careers, Information, Educational Advice and Guidance - Internal and External 
  • In-house therapists - Speech and Language & Occupational Therapy
  • E-Safety training

Specialist Facilities

Specialist facilities and resouces include:

  • Fully Functioning Hotel, open to the public
  • Real life working envirionment 
  • Local work experience providers
  • National partnerships including Hilton Hotels
  • Real life home learning environment
  • Supportive community 


Other Information

Personal Development, Health and Welfare 

We believe that education is about acquiring qualifications and personal development.

The rich, diverse and ever evolving Personal Development time enables students to choose activities that address personal issues of physical and mental health, wellbeing and emotional development.

In order to further a students’ ability to make independent choices about leisure time, the Personal Development Health and Welfare (PDHW) curriculum has been personalised. Our excellent enrichment activities have been developed with a variety of interesting and useful activities which contribute to our students’ enjoyment and achievement, and their personal, spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.



Aurora Foxes has an outstanding range of enrichment activities (below) which have been developed in response to interests expressed by students which promote and foster their holistic development.

  • Crazy Golf
  • Driving Lessons
  • Karaoke
  • Shopping in Taunton / Minehead
  • Theatre
  • Multi Sports
  • Zumba
  • Pilates/Yoga
  • Park Run
  • Skating/Scooting/Wall Climbing
  • Various sports clubs
  • Ballroom Dancing
  • Choir
  • Farmers Market
  • Multicultural Days
  • Skittles
  • Train and Bus Trips
  • Visits to Local Attractions
  • Church
  • Discos
  • Football
  • Picnics
  • Gym
  • Swimming
  • Visits to Local Towns and Villages
  • Art Club
  • Bowling
  • Cinema
  • Drama Club
  • Musical Theatre
  • Pubs / Restaurants / Cafés
  • Talent Shows
  • Various Charity Events
  • Walking



Throughout the year we organise fun-packed events. Every term we hold a disco and at Christmas there is an awards ceremony followed by a drama performance.

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Foxes Academy is a specialist hospitality and catering training hotel
Students train in independent lifeskills in residential houses in a safe community.
We have outstanding outcomes. 85 per cent of our 2019 graduates entered sustainable employment.
In 2018 we were named Specialist Provider and the Overall FE Provider at The TES Awards

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