Stepping Stones

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Stepping Stones Charity

Stepping Stones School is a charity that has provided special needs education in Hindhead for over 12 years, growing successfully year on year.   The school is a focus of many activities in the community hosting clubs and summer activities as well as events for local residents.  The school also works in partnership with a number of local schools, businesses and charities.  

Many local residents also know the school through the Cookie Bar, located in Royal Huts Parade, which is linked to the school as part of a social enterprise scheme. Students gain work experience here and parents regularly volunteer in support of both the school and activities supported by the COINS Foundation in Africa.

The Charity operates the school through a Board of Governors.

Our Funding Foundations

Today the school is supported by two charitable foundations in the following ways:

• COINS own and rent to us, our Tower Road site and have fully supported the development of the school in these past 14 years.  The founders of the school Larry Sullivan and Sandy Seagrove unable to find the right school for their daughter decided to start their own in 2004 with just 3 students.  Today the COINS Foundation continues to provide support to the school through the development of specialist facilities such as a recording studio and pottery as well as starting the Cookie Bar in 2011.  The Tower Road site was re-furbished in the summer of 2016 to become the Lower School of Stepping Stones.  

• DFN Foundation in 2014 became involved in the school as parents David and Clare Forbes-Nixon looked to support the development of the school that had made such an impact on their son's education.  The foundation purchased the home of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Undershaw,  which is walking distance from both the Tower Road site and the Cookie Bar.  Work was completed in the summer of 2016 and the site opened its doors to students in September.  We now rent Undershaw from the Foundation and it hosts the Upper School and Post 16 provision with the modern facilities required of a varied and challenging curriculum.

Board of Governors

The Board of Governors report to both of our funding foundations on the overall work and development of the school and welcome members of each onto the board.  The main role of the governors is to hold the leadership of the school to account acting as a ‘critical friend’.  

"The headteacher and governors have made successful changes to ensure that pupils receive high levels of care and good outcomes.  Consequently, the school meets all the independent school standards."  OFSTED 2016

The board is currently:

Claire Cookson – Chair - appointed to the Governing Body Summer 2019.

Larry Sullivan – Co-Vice Chair - co-founder of Stepping Stones, ex-parent and trustee of Stepping Stones, and founder of the COINS Foundation.  Appointed as Trustee (now Governor) January 1994.

David Forbes-Nixon – Co-Vice Chair - parent and founder/trustee of the DFN Foundation.  David is Chairman of the DFN Charitable Foundation.  Appointed June 2014.

Tim Armitage - Technical Director COINS.  Appointed November 2014.

Mike Elms - Appointed September 2018

Jo Franklin - Trustee of the COINS Foundation and Commercial Director COINS Group.  Appointed November 2014.

Louise Law - appointed Summer 2019.

Jacqueline Silver – Headteacher

Sharon Setterfield – Staff Governor - appointed October 2018.

Sociana Clark 

Helen Evison – Clerk to Governors 


Governor Attendance

Governor Attendance  2016- 17 2017-18 2018-19
Tim Armitage 57% 83% 67%
Claire Cookson N/A N/A 100
Mike Elms N/A N/A 67%
David Forbes-Nixon 86% 83% 100%
Jo Franklin 57% 83% 100%
Louise Law N/A N/A 100%
Phil Langman N/A N/A 100%
Jane Rudlin-Jones 100% 83% 67%
Sharon Setterfield N/A N/A 100%
Larry Sullivan 83% 33% 100%

Leavers in last 24 months

Ryan Campbell - Left 1st May 2019
Ellie Clayden - Left 3rd February 2019
Danny Leeds - Left October 2018
Richard Norman - Left 1st May 2019
Norman Stromsoy - Left 31st December 2018