The Shires at Oakham

Name The Shires at Oakham
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 21 March 2017
Address 3 Uppingham Road, Oakham, Rutland, Should be blank, LE15 6JB
Phone Number 01572758913
Type Independent (special)
Age Range 11-19
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 8 (100% boys)
Local Authority Rutland
Percentage Free School Meals 0.0%
Pupils with SEN Support 0%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The Shires provides full-time education for up to five pupils and students in the age range 11 to 19 years who have autistic spectrum conditions and severe learning difficulties, together with associated challenging behaviour. There are currently three pupils and two post-16 students on the school roll. All pupils and students live in residential accommodation provided by the proprietor, Acorn Care and Education. All pupils and students have an education, health and care plan. This is the school’s first standard inspection since it registered as an independent school in February 2016. The school does not use the services of any alternative providers. The Shires at Oakham operates under the leadership of the same director of education as The Shires at Stretton. All current pupils and students transferred from Stretton to Oakham when the school opened.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school Leaders and managers demonstrate creativity, imagination and total dedication, to ensure that all pupils have access to outstanding learning experiences. Teachers provide creative opportunities for all pupils to learn and make outstanding progress from their different starting points. Arrangements for the assessment of pupils’ progress are exemplary. Staff have a detailed and comprehensive understanding of the learning needs and characteristics of each pupil. Senior leaders know the school’s strengths extremely well because they evaluate teaching and pupils’ progress rigorously. They plan effectively for further improvement. The governors have an excellent understanding of the quality of teaching, pupils’ behaviour and attendance, and the extent of their progress. They ensure that the school improves continuously. The school provides an extremely safe environment for pupils. Arrangements for all aspects of safeguarding are exemplary. Pupils respect the staff and understand how well adults throughout the school care for them. Post-16 students enjoy excellent opportunities to increase their independence in line with their individual personal plans. They rapidly develop confidence to experience and understand the local community. The use of individual electronic communication aids is at an early stage of development. Staff recognise the potential to increase the benefits of these devices for individual pupils. While pupils make excellent progress with their personal development and behaviour, evidence to demonstrate these improvements is not as systematic as for progress with their learning. Proprietors and senior leaders have ensured that the school meets all the independent school standards. Compliance with regulatory requirements The school meets the requirements of the schedule to the Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014 (‘the independent school standards’) and associated requirements.