Stepping Stones School
Surrey, United Kingdom
About Stepping Stones School
At Stepping Stones we understand the difficulties and care about the challenges that a young person with disabilities faces. We want their time at the school to be one where they grow both academically and socially.
We make 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.
We are a small school, with 82 students in 2018, which is part way through an exciting new development phase. In September 2016 we opened our new site at Undershaw, the home of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. This has provided room to expand and provide state-of-the-art facilities and grounds. Together our two sites provide education from Key Stage 2 to Post 16 with both functional skills and exam curriculum pathways. Due to demand the school continues to expand and strategic discussions are underway to look at a new Post 16 facility.
Towards Independence : Our students embrace a positive school environment to become self-confident, independent learners for life. Each will fulfill their personal potential to gain the qualifications and skills they need to be socially and economically independent in their local community.
Our approach is to offer a mainstream curriculum in a special needs setting to allow our students to achieve to the best of their abilities. We hold the following core values in our approach to learning:
- We are a small supportive school where students learn within peer group challenge and embedded therapeutic input.
- We offer a core curriculum in entry, foundation, GCSE and BTEC qualifications with a personalised approach to development.
- We offer an outward looking skills programme throughout the school which empowers students and their families on their pathway to adulthood.
The Lower School provides a dynamic and safe space to learn giving each student the opportunity to develop their individual skills. They learn in form groups which have a blended cohort of learners allowing safe peer relations to develop and social skills to improve whilst learning. Some students may require transitional arrangements to settle within the small class setting but the ethos of the school is no 1:1 support within the classroom.
As students move up from the Lower School they are admitted to the Transition Class. This class groups continues to work on a form-based curriculum as students ease into the secondary setting. The overall Upper School ethos is that of any secondary school – increasing independence, responsibility for your own learning and specialist teaching to gain qualifications.
Our Post 16 provision began in 2016 and is proving extremely popular. It offers a skills-based programme focused on transition outcomes for those who do not want or have the grades to continue to a mainstream college environment. This is a flexible course that offers access points and progress within a life and work skills programme. We are currently developing a portfolio of businesses and mentoring opportunities backed by a partnership of learning with local companies.
The Cookie Bar
The school is also linked to the Cookie Bar in Hindhead, a social enterprise, which raises awareness and funds not only for the school but international projects as part of the COINS Foundation. Our students undertake work experience and regularly volunteer on the Cookie Bar bus which is present at many local events and fayres.