We are an independent special school with charitable status.
Stepping Stones Charity
Started in 1994 our charitable objectives are the advancement of education, promotion of health, the relief of poverty and to assist other established charities with similar objectives. Our main focus is the running of the school in Hindhead for which we lease two properties in Hindhead from charitable foundations on long term agreements.
We meet our objectives in the following ways:
Advancement of education
- education of 95 students this year in full-time special needs education
- employment of over 50 (full time equivalent) staff
- supporting access to education
- family support workshops
Relief of poverty
- free community lets for disability charities and disadvantaged groups
- headteacher discretion for financially struggling families
Promotion of Health
- partnerships with other charities for research & collaboration purposes
- support to policy development in education, disability & mental health
Assistance to other similar charities
5 student led fundraising campaigns for other charities
staff, student, community and parent volunteering to support our Conan Doyle heritage project.
student and staff volunteering to support community events
Towards Independence 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.
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. We have a fully independent Governing Board who provide oversight and governance to the school. As the school grew in 2014 the Trustees looked for an opportunity to expand and in 2016 we took up a lease on Undershaw, just 50m from our Tower Road site in Hindhead, giving us additional facilities and allowing us to have a Lower and Upper School with the start of our Post 16 provision. Click here to view a short video taken inside Tower Road whilst Undershaw plans were taking place.