Stepping Stones School

Surrey, United Kingdom

Location: Surrey, United Kingdom
Type: Special Needs
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age range: 8 - 18 years

About Stepping Stones School

Our 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.

Our Mission

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

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.

School Phases

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. 

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Address: Tower Road, Hindhead, Surrey, GU26 6SU, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1428 609083