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Site Built

Overley Hall was built as a private residence


Private Residence

Overley Hall is still used as a private residence


Site Purchase

Paul and Anita Brown, special education teachers with 20 years of experience gained through the 1960’s and 1970’s purchased Overley Hall which had previously been owned by the RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People) for many years.

At this time in the UK there was a growing need for special education for children with autism and learning Difficulties


Professor Joan D Bicknell

Professor Joan D Bicknell began regular visits to Overley Hall offering specialist advice on behavior management and medication.

Professor Bicknell was Britain’s first female psychiatry professor working at St George’s University of London.

A Pioneer in the area of Learning Disabilities, she recommended the use of “Makaton” and the founders of this communication tool visited Overley Hall to teach the language to staff and children.

Makaton has been taught and used at Overley Hall ever since.

1980 – 2000

Minibus Donation

Overley Hall received a very welcome donation of several minibuses from the Variety Club of Great Britain.

31st May 1996 – 2023

Station House opened

Station House opened. A home for young adults who had completed their education at Overley Hall.


The Wellingtonia tree was decorated for Christmas

The Wellingtonia tree was decorated for Christmas. Shropshire Star 4th December 1987 “The School has applied to the Guiness Book of Records claiming their giant Wellingtonia tree is the tallest tree decorated for Christmas”.

1987 – 2008


Many years of consolidation with the ongoing improvements in special education in the UK along with the advent of OFSTED.


Old Coach House was converted

The old Coach House was converted to a light and airy space for PE, Drama, music and movement.


The Lodge extension

An extension was added to the Lodge building as care accommodation for older children. The Lodge focuses on developing independent living skills.


Forest School

Overley Hall became a Forest School and had Forest School Practitioners amongst the school and home staff. Set up to take full advantage of Overley’s extensive 14 acres of Woodland and grounds.


Old school block demolished

The old school block was demolished, and a purpose-built school opened.


Music Room

Music Room extension added to the School building and opened by the High Sheriff of Shropshire

September 2015

The Woodlands is built

The Woodlands is a purpose-built, five bedroomed home situated in the grounds of Overley Hall. It is a small group home  for adults with a range of complex, high support needs including autism and severe learning disabilities.


The “Farm Shop” classroom was built

Set in the grounds near the walled garden, orchard, greenhouses and vegetable plots.

This facility is used for outdoor pursuits. Tea and Coffee are served by the children to parents and visitors.


Cinema room is opened

As the children aren’t always able to cope with visiting a large external cinema, this facility was built with authentic cinema seats, lighting, screen and sound with an adjacent kitchen to dispense drinks and snacks.


Soft Play is opened

This facility is located at the Coach house neighbouring the cinema room, fitted fully with specialist soft play equipment. The equipment includes a swing, slide and ball pit.


Demolition of extension building

Demolition of old extension building at the front of Overley Hall to accommodate a new care family room, “Kingfisher”. Kingfisher has two purpose-built bathrooms, one of which is fitted a Jacuzzi. The new extension also features four new offices.


Greenhouse built

Extensive Greenhouse built in the walled garden to complete the existing polytunnels


Old Workshops

The old workshops were converted into a independent living skills centre with 3 kitchens and areas for relaxation.


Wellbeing Garden

Designed and created by the staff at Overley Hall School.

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Wellington, Telford, Shropshire TF6 5HE