Appropriate learning opportunities in small autism-specific classes

Experienced, committed nurturing staff in a calm, homely atmosphere

Positive approach to autism ensuring success & progress for each pupil

“You can’t put a price on our happiness now.” Parent


Pupils make outstanding progress both academically and in their personal development.

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Young people receive excellent care provided by a motivated, committed and nurturing staff team.

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The quality of teaching and learning is outstanding. Staff enable all pupils to engage in learning and achieve their personal goals.

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The Shires

The Shires offers an outstanding care and learning experience for pupils across the entire autism spectrum.

A place at The Shires will ensure progress and often exceeds expectations through its ethos of putting the child’s individual needs first. Pupils are encouraged to be as independent as possible, learning appropriate skills whilst having as much fun as they can with trips and activities throughout their childhood and teens.

The ethos of The Shires is very much characterised by a ‘can do’ attitude.  Staff share the value of creating a home for children that is not institutionalised, and that reflects a family atmosphere.  Staff are experienced in supporting children with autism and understand how and when the environment needs to be adapted in order to maximise the potential of each individual.  Our approach is firmly based on a therapeutic model, supporting staff to help the youngsters make sense of the world in which they live.

The Shires is comprised of a range of small homes that are friendly, welcoming and comfortable: all of which are run by dedicated teams of committed & experienced staff who make care, nurture and happiness a priority for each child.



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