Overley Hall School was established in 1980 by co-principals/ husband and wife, Anita and Paul Brown; both from special education teaching backgrounds. They purchased the building from the RNIB who ran a ‘Sunshine Home’ for children with visual impairments there from 1950 to 1979. The independent school/home was established to provide a specialised, residential learning and living environment for children and young people who have a range of complex needs in a peaceful rural setting. Co-founder Paul Brown died in 2008 and Anita Brown remains the independent proprietor actively involved in the running of Overley Hall, alongside the school’s senior management team.

Anita Brown – Proprietor

Here I am 50 years later, still involved in special education, having been told as a young teacher that I couldn’t have special education training because if I got married I would be: ‘a waste to teaching’. Not true. Luckily, I had a forward looking tutor who pushed through my application.

I’ve been involved in many aspects of education  from play groups to secondary special education for many years and managed to fit in 5 years as a teacher overseas in a Bermuda Special School.

Overley Hall School was set up by my husband and myself in the early 1980s and I am proud to say that the school and home have gone from strength to strength.

We provide education and residential care for 22 pupils all with complex needs and learning difficulties. We pride ourselves on our friendly and calming atmosphere and for children in our care a small and nurturing environment is the ideal.

I hope our website gives you an idea of our special ethos.