Charlotte Van Niekerk – Head of Service
Hello and welcome to The Shires Group. I am the service lead for the two schools (Stretton and Oakham) and three children’s homes (Stretton, Southview, & Little Acre) and two adult homes (Millfield House and Hazel House) that make up our group. I am proud to lead the strategic development of all our services, ensuring the highest quality standards of education and care for all our children and young people.
Jamie Hill – Headteacher
Hello and welcome to Stretton Shires School. I am extremely proud to be the Headteacher at Stretton Shires School. Our aim is to provide exceptional educational experiences to children and young people with Autism who may have once attended larger SEND educational settings and who now need a smaller environment to meet their complex special educational and care needs.
As a school we are passionate about providing high quality educational experiences across and a broad and balanced curriculum. Learning at Stretton Shires School takes place both in and outside of the classroom and we are committed to ensuring every pupil realises their full academic potential while developing the essential social and emotional regulatory skills which will help them to navigate their young and adult lives.
Amy Chipunza – Deputy Head
Hello, my name is Amy, and I am the Deputy Head, and Careers & Employability Lead at Stretton Shires School. I have worked for OFG for 17 years, working with pupils with Autism and additional complex needs, empowering them to reach their full potential. My aim is to make sure that all pupils have the same opportunities and experiences as any other child and young person, and to celebrate their successes throughout their educational journey at Stretton Shires School. We support every pupil on an individualised basis and cater for their personalised needs. I am very passionate about providing high quality education to all pupils to prepare them for their next steps into adulthood and making school fun, engaging and relevant to their lives and aspirations.
Nicole Roberts – Site Resources Manager
I have been part of The Shires since August 2018. In my role, I cover many departments which include, Admin, Maintenance, Kitchen and Housekeeping across The Shires Oakham, Stretton and Stowe Court. My main responsibility throughout all sites is to make sure Health and Safety is at its very best and the students and residents of our settings are kept safe at all times following correct policies and procedures.
My favourite part of working for The Shires is seeing the growth in all aspects in our students and residents and being able to support with this through the areas myself and my team look after.
Charlotte Saunders – Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator
Hello and welcome to the Stretton Shires School. I am delighted to be the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator for the children and young people at our school.
Our children and young people here at Stretton Shires School receive the highest quality of provision and care to enable them to reach their full potential. As school SENCo I oversee their needs and provisions, ensuring that they have everything they require to be able to work hard, be happy and achieve their aspirational outcomes.