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Welcome to Oversands School

  • 5-19 yrs
  • Boarding, Day
  • Boys & Girls
  • Good Provider

About Oversands School

Oversands School is an independent, specialist day and residential school, providing high quality education for boys and girls. Based in Cumbria, the school meets the needs of a diverse group of pupils with a range of complex learning needs, social and emotional difficulties and challenging behaviours.

Ed Sherratt - Headteacher of Oversands School

A big warm welcome to our website

Oversands School offers a unique environment of high quality education, nurture and care to young people who have complex educational needs, communication difficulties and challenging behaviours. We have a comprehensive programme of support which ensures that individual needs are met to maximise the progress of each young person.

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 activities which offer all of our young people the opportunity to experience success.

We would be delighted to welcome you to our school to see for yourself our exceptional and inspirational environment.

Head Teacher, Ed Sheratt

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We have officially partnered with the Johan Cruyff Foundation, which was set up by one of the world’s greatest sporting icons. The aim of the organisation is to support and develop sports activities for children and young people all over the world. 

The school’s state of the art Cruyff Court, is an all-weather pitch which supports small group sports, including football, basketball, volleyball and netball, and an additional grassed field area. The aim of the space is where pupils can grow, make friends and improve their mental health. 

Aims and ethos

We are committed to providing our pupils with a happy, nurturing and motivating atmosphere for them to enjoy their learning and where they are encouraged to reach their potential.

We are dedicated to providing

  • Achieving the highest quality education and nurturing care so that every child can achieve their full potential academically, socially and emotionally.
  • Developing positive relationships between school, home and the wider community.
  • Providing a happy, positive, secure and caring environment.

Our school at a glance

Small class sizes of no more than 8 pupils with high teacher to pupil ratio.

In-­school Speech & Language Therapist, Therapists, Occupational Therapist and Assistant Educational Psychologist, supported by the wider Witherslack Group Clinical Team.

Simulated work environments support the teaching and learning of nationally accredited vocational subjects, including Land Based Studies, Construction, Motor Vehicle Engineering, and Hospitality and Catering.

A comprehensive curriculum offer allows each pupil to access subjects and courses enabling them to develop and succeed, both academically and socially.

I left Oversands, as I have done on so many other occasions, with admiration for the way in which Education and Care Staff work so skilfully together, and with confidence that your highly complex students are in excellent hands.

Independent Educational Psychologist

Awards and accreditations

Our children's homes

When required, we are able to provide a complete 52 week wrap around care through our Witherslack Group partner children’s homes.

What makes our school unique?

From our tailored curriculum to exploring the news that has us jumping for joy, start your search to explore what makes us truly unique.

We are proud to be part of Witherslack Group

We are proud to be part of Witherslack Group, The UK’s leading education provider for children and young people with special educational needs, as evidenced by sector leading Ofsted judgements and our unmatched placement stability, school attendance and outcomes for young people.

Witherslack Group provide specialist education and care for children and young people with social, emotional and mental health needs, communication difficulties (autistic spectrum conditions; speech, language and communication needs), ADHD and complex learning needs.

Find out more about our Group here

Make an enquiry

Whether you are interested in your child attending our school or just want to know more information about our offer, contact our team.

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