Step by Step School Limited Independent Inspectorate Report
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Step by Step was established as an independent special school in 2004. The school is run as a registered charity. It is governed by a board of trustees. The school is led by a director, who is responsible for the finances, staffing and promotion of the school. The teacher in charge is responsible for managing education in the school. The school caters for pupils who have autism spectrum disorder. All pupils have an education, health and care plan. Many have other associated difficulties, such as sensory processing issues and challenging behaviours. Nearly half of the pupils have involvement with the child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS). Pupils often have medical needs, for example 26% of pupils have epilepsy. Over half of the pupils are non-verbal and communicate through pictures and symbols. The school employs behaviour analysts Inspection report: Step by Step School, 26–28 June 2018 Page 7 of 10 as well as occupational and speech and language therapists. The school is registered for up to 30 pupils between the ages of four and 19. Currently, there are 27 pupils on roll between the ages of six and 19 years. The majority of pupils are boys. There are too few pupils in the sixth form to report on their progress without them being identified. Approximately five local authorities use the school to place pupils. A number of pupils enter at different times during the school year. Prior to attending this school, pupils have often had some time out of education or have been excluded from their previous schools. The school aims to ‘help pupils develop the skills, understanding and confidence to reach their full potential and, as far as possible, lead full and independent lives’. Pupils are taught in six mixed-age classes. There are two primary classes and four secondary classes. Each class is overseen by a class leader. Each pupil has a tutor who is responsible for their day-to-day programme. Staff deliver sessions based on the principles of applied behaviour analysis (ABA). The school works with several national institutions, including the University of Brighton. It also has links with ABA networks worldwide. The school uses alternative provision at St Piers School, Lingfield. The school was previously inspected in June 2015, when the overall effectiveness was judged to be good.
This school is independently managed and its admission criteria may be selective. There is no set catchment area as pupils are admitted from a wide variety of postcodes and, in the case of boarding schools, from outside the UK. Contact the school directly or visit their website for more information on Admissions Policy and Procedures.
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