Facilities and Grounds
Overley Hall School is naturally set in twelve acres of beautiful woodlands. For those seeking peace and calm, we have a footpath and cycle path, fondly known as Tweet Street, which meanders through the woods and is lined with rustic bird houses. There you will also see a multitude of natural and man-made habitats supporting our wildlife neighbours.
Realising how important the outdoors is to our children for so many reasons, we have ensured our curriculum includes standalone sessions of Forest School delivered by specialist staff. Staff and children benefit from our well established pond and outdoor classroom and can often be seen enjoying snacks cooked in our purpose built earth oven.
Our extensive gardens offer an assortment of seasonal floral colour, fruits and vegetables. Our horticultural area has a spacious green house, a number of poly tunnels and an allotment where produce is grown throughout the year. The fruits and vegetables are harvested and not only used in our kitchen but can also be enjoyed in our cookery lessons or sold in our farm shop.
Designed to help support the development of our children, our light and airy classrooms offer bays and booths for individual work, larger tables for group work, comfy areas for down time and spacious zones for circle time and attention autism activities. All classrooms have direct access to well-resourced outdoor spaces which include an adventure playground, sensory garden and terraces. All rooms have large interactive boards and a range of technology to ensure our children have bright outcomes. Two of our classrooms have attached quiet rooms to offer quieter, less distracting work spaces or areas for therapy and occasionally just to relax.
Our students all engage in vocational work. Opportunities are real and meaningful. They may begin on-site, but over time will move out into the community, as skills and confidence develop. Our farm shop, school tuck shop and school reception provide perfect settings to develop vocational experiences on-site. Students may choose a job role and with the support of the job description are expected to complete set tasks with varying amounts of support to ensure success. Over time support is reduced aiding transition to adulthood. Parents and family are often invited to be participating and often, paying guests. A very enjoyable experience is had by all whilst developing much needed skills.
Our Coach House
Offers a spacious sports hall for physical education sessions but also provides a wonderful space for the very much anticipated Easter and Christmas productions.
We also have a cinema room equipped with full size screen, cinema seating and low level lighting to recreate a real theatre setting. This creating a more realistic learning opportunity that enables a gradual build up to the real experience.