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.

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Our location

Oversands School is located in the heart of the Lake District. Day pupils who attend our school travel from across the North West region, whilst pupils who live in our boarding houses return to their home setting on a weekly or fortnightly basis.

We love having visitors and would welcome you to enjoy the Oversands experience for yourself. To arrange a visit contact us directly.

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Welcome from the Head Teacher

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.

Sarah Roscoe

We are dedicated to:

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.

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.

Independent Specialist Boarding Offer

For some young people with special educational needs a residential boarding placement can offer the right balance of education, support and stability that will then allow them to make rapid academic progress and develop socially.

The young person will attend the school as a day pupil, benefiting from the expertise and support we offer whilst the residential offer provides a warm and welcoming environment that allows for the development of positive relationships with peers and adults. The dedicated staff team create a family atmosphere where shared experiences provide opportunities for personal development and a sense of belonging.

Our young people live in our boarding houses and return to their home setting on a weekly and fortnightly basis.

Find out more about our boarding offer by clicking here


Our School at a Glance

Simulated work environments supports 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.
In-­school Speech & Language Therapist, Mental Health Practitioners, Occupational Therapist and Assistant Educational Psychologist, supported by the wider Witherslack Group Clinical Team.
Key Stage 2 and 3 Nurture Groups support the social and emotional development of pupils identified as requiring additional support.
Small class sizes of no more than 8 pupils with high teacher to pupil ratio.
Specialist Support Assistant allocated to each class to support pupils throughout the school day, plus additional 1:1 staff, if required.
Extensive grounds and outdoor areas allow for a comprehensive outdoor education programme.

We are part of Witherslack Group

We are proud to be part of Witherslack Group, the leading provider of inspirational education and care to children and young people, resulting in life changing experiences and countless stories of success.

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