School Life

 

At The Shires, our independent schools, Stretton, and Oakham have two residential homes on site. We provide residential care and education for up to 38 and 52 weeks of the year, as well as day placements for young people aged between 11 and 19 who have a primary diagnosis of autism, learning disabilities and complex needs. We strive to deliver a pupil-centred education in a safe, friendly, enriching environment, where all our young people love to learn.

 

The Shires at Stretton


Set in the small village of Stretton, The Shires at Stretton provides 38 or 52-week care and educational packages for up to fourteen pupils, with space for six 38-week day placements. It is situated close to the A1 with easy access to acres of countryside in and around Stretton and the town and broader communities of Grantham and Stamford. We create positive relationships between staff and young people and our ‘wrap-around’ holistic approach to supporting our young people ensures that all needs are met. Our team are highly trained in regulation, de-escalation, and therapies.

Providing small class groups, supported by a Teacher, Teaching Assistant and support staff, the young people benefit from an individualised and person-centred approach where they can progress at their own pace appropriate to their specific needs. Teachers can creatively tailor lessons to ensure that all individual learning needs are addressed and met. We can also schedule one-to-one interventions and therapy sessions to meet each young person’s broader individual needs to deliver the requirements for each young person’s Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).

The Shires at Oakham


Set in Oakham, the county town of Rutland, The Shires at Oakham provides 38 or 52-week care and educational packages for up seven pupils, with space for one 38-week day placement.

Set in a beautiful rural town location, with easy access to small market town of Oakham and larger towns of Grantham and Stamford, the school offers regulatory outdoor spaces perfect for emotional regulation and physical activities. Education goes beyond the classroom with an allotment and wooded area for forest school and play equipment including swings, gym and a trampoline for break time. We believe that success in the classroom depends on positive relationships between staff and young people. Our ‘wrap-around’ holistic approach to supporting our young people ensures that all needs are met. Our team are highly trained in regulation, de-escalation, and therapies.

The new, purpose-built school building offers four classrooms, a sensory integration room and direct access out to purposeful outdoor spaces aimed at providing our young people with the opportunity and ability to develop self-regulatory skills in a safe environment.

Providing small class groups, supported by a Teacher, Teaching Assistant and support staff, the young people benefit from an individualised and person-centred approach where they can progress at their own pace appropriate to their specific needs. Teachers can creatively tailor lessons to ensure that all individual learning needs are addressed and met. We can also schedule one-to-one interventions and therapy sessions to meet each young person’s broader individual needs to meet the requirements for each young person’s Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).