Hello and welcome to The Shires

I am Charlotte Niekerk, proud to be Head of Service at The Shires.  The Shires provides exceptional education, care and support for young people aged 11-19 years old with autism, associated learning disabilities and complex needs. We are passionate about providing opportunities both inside and outside the classroom, enabling each young person to realise their full academic potential and develop essential social, emotional and life skills.

We deliver a broad and balanced curriculum linked to the developmental stage of each pupil in a supportive communication rich environment. Their education is further supported through the delivery of life skills, vocational opportunities, and any additional support they need to succeed.

The Shires’ highly skilled team tailor our curriculum and learning to each young person’s needs and talents, ensuring they leave with the resources and skills they need to support them on to their next steps and future lives.

The Shires is built on trust and partnerships between young people, parents, teachers, support workers and our wonderful local community. As well as providing excellent education and care, The Shires has a lovely welcoming atmosphere and an enriching environment to inspire every young person’s learning.

Our website will give you an overview of the care and education support offered by The Shires. If you would like to know more about the opportunities we provide and the difference we make to young people’s lives, or if you have any questions, we are more than happy to answer them, so please do get in touch.

We look forward to hearing from you,