I am a very proud Head Teacher of this wonderful and happy community where children thrive and never seek to amaze me. I feel honoured to lead such an inspired and aspirational team of passionate staff, who truly enjoy their work. Our school is warm and nurturing with a strong sense of ‘family’. Our very special team of staff strive for excellence through having clear intent and focussed implementation of the curriculum. We recognise that children learn more when they feel safe and are having fun. We endeavour to encourage playfulness, curiosity and independent thinking throughout. Overley Hall School is a special place.

Beverley Doran

Principal Head Teacher



It is so rewarding seeing our learners grow socially and emotionally. Their engagement develops in quality and depth as they respond to our nurturing approaches. Daily, we see how much our children benefit from the embedded ethos, aims and values through their progress in communication, independent thinking and regulation. Outstanding progress from individual starting points is regularly celebrated as our learners benefit from the sequential planning our team provide through fun and engaging activities.

Martin Barber

Deputy Head Teacher



It is just so lovely to see children blossom into happy and successful young adults. We capture opportunities to celebrate outstanding progress as they benefit from our sixth form, where emphasis is placed on independent living ability and vocational skills. Seeing our students grow in competence and confidence during work experience never seeks to excite me. Learning becomes very much focussed on real life scenarios, most of which takes place in the wider community.

Dee Marshall

Head of Sixth Form and Pastoral Deputy Head