Stepping Stones

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About Us

Stepping Stones is an independent special school

with charitable status.

Towards Independence: this is the vision we have held for the students at Stepping Stones since opening in 2004.  We work to ensure that our students embrace a positive school environment to become self-confident, independent learners for life.  With the aim that each will fulfil their personal potential to gain the qualifications and skills they need to be socially and economically independent in their local community. 

Our History:  The school was conceived in 2004 by two parents, Larry Sullivan and Sandy Seagrove, who despaired of finding the right school for their daughter; they resolved to create such a school and purchased a deconsecrated church building in Hindhead. Starting out with just three students, the school has grown and flourished and has established a strong reputation with funding authorities as a placement for young people who, for whatever reason, fail to thrive in mainstream schooling.   In 2016, with the support of the DFN Foundation the school opened a second site at Undershaw (the home of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) to provide state of the art facilities for the school.

Provision: The school makes provision for children who have acquired processing delays due to: acute or chronic medical conditions, hemiplegia or mild cerbral palsy; those whose mental and/or emotional health is at risk due to direct or indirect trauma; and those whose mild autism creates learning needs.

"The school’s work to promote pupils’ personal development and welfare is outstanding."  

                       OFSTED 2016

In the academic year 2016-17 we have 64 young people enrolled at the school aged 7-18 years old.  The school is split across two sites: Lower School and Upper School/Post 16. 

Our class groups on average are 8 students. The younger students learn in form groups whilst the Upper School students move fully to subject specialist teaching.

We offer a unique environment for the student who finds the hectic pace of a mainstream school too challenging and yet would find the curriculum and peer group offered by a fully fledged special school too narrow or too limiting.  Past students have left us to continue their studies in other mainstream and specialist colleges or have moved into the workplace with the self-confidence to succeed in their chosen paths.

Through our close association with the COINS Foundation we also reach out to disadvantaged and disabled children throughout the world.  We seek to change lives for the better and strive to ensure that every child can realise their potential and make their unique contribution to society.

For further information regarding the school please consult our Ofsted Report a link to which is provided here:  Ofsted Report 2016