Edge Top Road, Dewsbury, WF12 0BH
01924 325300

Head's Message

On behalf of all the children, staff and governors of Overthorpe C of E Academy, I'd like to warmly welcome you to our school website. I am very proud to be the Headteacher of Overthorpe CofE Academy and would like this website to give you a flavour of what it is we do here.

Overthorpe's philosophy on education is simple; we aim to inspire a passion and enjoyment for learning in our children, through engaging, exciting learning opportunities. We aim to instil an ethos and strong Christian values which help our young people to grow to be confident and cherished members of our society. We want our pupils, our staff and our families to flourish as a result of our care.  Our recent SIAMs report was excellent in all areas and reflects our view that "Overthorpe is more than a school."

We aim to ignite a spark for learning in all young minds, that inspires and creates independence for life within an environment that is safe, stable and caring for all. Our staff, governors, parents and pupils are determined to provide the very best for our children so that they learn in school and for life.

I feel privileged to be leading such a fantastic group of young people and amazing staff. The children are in extremely safe hands, as I can genuinely say that  the staff are incredibly dedicated in everything they do, ensuring the children have the very best experiences in school. 

We feel that our children get a fantastic deal at Overthorpe. They have a curriculum they can feel proud of, which puts them at the heart of their learning; giving children real life experiences that excite and engage them to give them a purpose for their learning everyday! As a result of the children being happy and engaged in their learning their progress and achievement has got better every year.

Overthorpe is more than a school-

We are the heart of our community,

In our family, we nurture the courage,

And skills to flight higher than the flock,

Whilst always providing a nest,

To come home to.

I am proud of our whole school community and feel that our vision reflects what we stand for as a school and what we can provide for our children and the broader community.  

Our school’s Christian values are Trust, Friendship, Endurance, Hope and Forgiveness and we aim to instill these in everything that we do in school and believe that these represent our fantastic pupils, Christian beliefs and the local community. We believe in all our children and we are committed to ensuring that our children are always ready for the next step of their development.

We hope you enjoy looking at the website and all the fun and exciting learning that goes on here!


Mr J Mitchell