On Saturday 12th July, over 500 guests gathered at Sundial House in Surrey for the 10th Anniversary Celebration of Stepping Stones School. Friends, family, students and staff joined together for the festivities and were treated to a range of activities including zorbing, laser quest, tennis, swimming, a bouncy castle and other fairground attractions. The sun shone brightly and the atmosphere was friendly and relaxed. Live performances took place onstage from the students at Stepping Stones and other artists. In addition to the entertainment, guests enjoyed Spanish paella, hog-roast, cookies and cakes from the Cookie Bar, and plenty of ice-cream.
The school, which opened in 2004, assists children with disabilities in their education through additional support and a caring, fun environment, enabling them to fulfill the potential that they may have struggled to achieve in a mainstream school.
As a result of the unique environment and the dedication and skills of the staff involved, Stepping Stones has flourished both in size and reputation, expanding from the initial three students in 2004 to 37. The plans for the expansion of Stepping Stones at the Undershaw site were unveiled on stage by David Forbes-Nixon. These new plans for the school provide a great platform for the students to develop into confident and independent young men and women.
The day left Anne Hayes, chair of governors at Stepping Stones, reminiscing over many happy memories at the school and wondering
“Where did those ten years go? A significant number of lives have been transformed here...”Anne Hayes