Oversands School

We provide our pupils with a positive and happy place to live, learn, work and develop.

Now I can stand up in assembly and talk to the whole school - I couldn't have done that to save my life before I came here!

Pupil of Oversands School, 2014

Welcome


Oversands School is an independent, specialist residential and day school in rural Cumbria, providing high quality education for girls and boys aged 8 to 19.

The school meets the needs of a diverse group of pupils with challenging behaviours, alongside a range of other associated conditions which can hinder academic progress.

We hope you enjoy looking through our website and please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Our Awards

Our Aims & Ethos


The aims and ethos at Oversands is underpinned by a unique development model which aims to build resilience in young people through teaching the skills of emotional literacy, growing confidence and trust within a carefully structured environment.

We are committed to the following principles:

  • Respect the value of all individual pupils and staff
  • Provide the highest standards of care and education for our young people
  • Ensure safety, security and opportunities for success are provided
  • To nurture and inspire our pupils’ social, moral and personal development
Oversands Aims & Vision

Oversands School at a Glance


  1. ADHD, ASD, Asp, SEMH
  2. 8-19 years of age
  3. Day, Boarding, 52 Week
  4. Boys & Girls

“Thank you and all your staff for all these years of care, nurture and support you have all shown. The school has been a very important part of the young person's life.”

Local Authority, 2014

Below are some of the great benefits pupils can experience at Oversands School:

  • In-house Speech and Language Therapist, Person Centred Therapist and Educational Psychologist, supported by the wider Witherslack Group Therapy team, led by Dr Madeline Portwood.
  • Small class groups (maximum size eight pupils) with high staff/pupil ratios (minimum 2 per class).
  • High quality nationally accredited vocational provision on site ( Motor vehicle engineering, construction, horticulture).
  • Specialist Support Assistant allocated to each class to support pupils throughout school day, plus additional 1:1 staff, if required.
  • Extensive grounds and outdoor areas which allows for a comprehensive outdoor education programme and horticultural studies to be offered.

Our Local Offer


As a parent or carer we understand you will have plenty of questions when considering the best school for your child.

Our local offer attempts to answer many of these, but you can visit the rest of our web site to find out more. We will also be happy to answer any questions over the phone or arrange for you and your child to visit the school, so please just get in touch.

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Message from the Head Teacher


Oversands School offers a unique environment of high quality education, nurture and care to young people who have primarily complex educational needs, communication difficulties and challenging behaviours. We have a comprehensive programme of Special Educational Needs (SEN) support which ensures that individual needs are met to maximise progress of our young people.

We are privileged to benefit from fantastic grounds within a truly stunning rural location. These contribute to making Oversands School a positive and happy place in which to live, work and learn. We make full use of the environment through a creatively designed curriculum and extended activity which offer all of our young people the opportunity to experience success.

I am extremely proud of our young people and the highly skilled staff who work with them. I expect high standards from the staff and they never disappoint. Many young people make us so proud when they write or phone years after they have left to tell us of the success they have made of their lives and careers.

If there is anything else you would like to know please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We also love showing off our work and would be happy for interested parents, young people and professionals to visit, by prior arrangement.

Robin Adams

What we’ve been up to at Oversands School

School hosts annual cross country race

Oversands School recently held their annual Harvey Cup cross country race. Pupils and staff welcomed a number of junior and senior teams from local schools to run the new route across varied terrain. This year the Harvey Cup was awarded to ...

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School celebrates autism award

Staff, pupils and parents at Oversands School are celebrating after they received high praise from the National Autistic Society following the schools reassessment for Autism Accreditation The acclaimed award, which aims to improve the quality ...

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