The Shires School

Special needs catered for

To be eligible for consideration for a place at the school, young people must be of secondary school age, have a diagnosis of autism and may have accompanying learning disabilities. In addition, many of the young people who attend The Shires have challenging behaviour, often as a result of their communication difficulties.

General environment

The Shires offers an outstanding care and learning experience for pupils across the entire autism spectrum. 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 and experienced staff who make care, nurture and happiness a priority for each child.

Aims and philosophy

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 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.

Staff qualification and selection

The Shires is an equal opportunities employer. Our staff are selected to provide a mix of skills and experience which will be of most benefit to the children. Most importantly, we select staff who will, in all their dealings with the children, treat them with respect and dignity. Staff are well trained to manage the educational and care needs and the behavioural challenges posed by our pupils.


The Shires School
The Shires at Stretton,
Shires Lane,
LE15 7GT


01780411 944



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Debra Eason

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Length of school year

Day – 38 Residential – 52

Age range

11-19+ years

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