Overton School

Special needs catered for

Our school comprises of a home and a special school that provides education and care for young people with autistic spectrum conditions and moderate to severe learning disabilities of both genders from eleven to eighteen. Our students may have additional needs such as: Anxiety Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity, Emotional Difficulties, and Attachment Conditions

Specialist facilities

Our specialist facilities include:

• Swimming pool

• Well-equipped sensory aware rooms

• A bistro/dining area for shared dining during the day and evening.

• Extensive grounds to facilitate physical activity

• High visual strategies to support processing difficulties

• 1:1 rooms for when group settings are overwhelming

• Discreet colour schemes to create calming environments

• Interventions from Occupational Therapy and Speech and Language Therapy.

Home school links

The children’s home provides accommodation for twelve young people whilst Overton School is registered for thirty pupils providing eighteen placements for day pupils and twelve residential.

General environment

We are located in the beautiful Shropshire countryside on the periphery of the market town of Ludlow. The school is situated in a large characterful Victorian building sensitively adapted to meet the varying needs of our young people.

We are situated in a stunning location to accommodate vulnerable young people with complex needs. There are extensive gardens and the tranquillity which they offer has many benefits and allows the young people to express themselves freely.

Aims and philosophy

The philosophy of nurturing self-worth and self-esteem underpins all aspects of work undertaken and is informed by the principles of The National Autistic Society SPELL approach. We centre on the main areas of:

• Structure: seen in how we organise the environment, our use of personal schedules and systematic strategies to work.

• Positive approaches and expectations: through sensitive but persistent intervention based upon thorough individual assessment.

• Empathy: based upon respect for personal experience to inform what motivates and what may preoccupy or worry each individual.

• Low arousal: based upon individual sensory-motor profiles and the use of PRICE for the positive management of potentially challenging behaviour.

• Links: through a thematic approach to the curriculum and a multi-disciplinary team-work approach across the service and with families / significant others.

The aim of the school is to provide a suitable environment with a high level of therapeutic support and excellent teaching to allow young persons with autism to achieve their full potential and to make the most of their intelligence, focus and skills.

Staff qualification and selection

At Outcomes First Group we make a real commitment to training and developing our staff. Our training is focussed on the needs of the specific services as well as the individual employee and the company. We recognise that training, learning and developing our staff is key to delivering high quality services and to the success of our company.

Our commitment is to guarantee that all employees complete mandatory, refresher and specialist training and have the opportunity to undertake developmental training opportunities.


Overton School
Overton School,
Hereford Road,


01584 707091



[email protected]




Neil Dobie (acting head of school)

DFEE Registered number

Length of school year

39 weeks

Age range

11 – 18

Number on roll

Type of school


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