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The Shires Oakham. Official opening of new school for youngsters aged 11-19 with autism. EMN-160407-164343001
The Shires Oakham. Official opening of new school for youngsters aged 11-19 with autism. EMN-160407-164343001

A new children’s home and school for young people with autism has opened in Oakham – and staff already have ambitious plans for an outstanding Ofsted report.

The Shires, in Uppingham Road, has space for five residential pupils and three day pupils aged between 11 and 19.

The school is operated by the Acorn Care and Education group, which operates a similar facility in Stretton.

Registered manager Amy Merchant spent 10 years working in Stretton – which was judged outstanding by Ofsted in February – and is determined the Oakham school will reach the same standard.

She said: “The Shires Stretton has been operating very successfully for years now and demand for places exceeded availability. The Shires Oakham will help meet that need and I am absolutely determined to get an outstanding rating from Ofsted here too.”

High Sheriff of Rutland Dr Sarah Furness and Lord Lieutenant Dr Laurence Howard attended the official opening.



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