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September 16, 2021 in Events, Founders, General news, Our people

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Founders’ Day 2021

Undershaw Co-Founders, Larry Sullivan and David Forbes-Nixon are joined by Paralympian Rachel Morris MBE, fellow Governors, notable Alumni, parents, staff and students for prizegiving and inaugural Undershaw Founders’ Day celebrations.…
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August 12, 2021 in General news

Students’ delight on GCSE results day

The students and staff at Stepping Stones School celebrate a wonderful set of GCSE, Functional Skills and BTEC results. 83% of GCSE grades are grade 4 or above with almost…
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June 28, 2021 in Fundraising, Our people

152 mile cycle ride for Piers

Two teachers from Stepping Stones School in Hindhead will take on a 152-mile bike ride next week in memory of a pupil who died.   Matt Fuller and Matt Peel…
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At Undershaw we have small class sizes, a personal approach to welfare and pastoral care, and a supportive and relaxing environment where each student can thrive, make lasting friendships, and achieve their best.


Undershaw is a specialist setting where children aged 8 to 19 with ASD and associated mild to moderate learning needs can access the national curriculum and bespoke qualification pathways in a safe, secure, and friendly environment.

Many of our students have found the pace of mainstream schooling particularly challenging and may have experienced barriers within their educational journey. Undershaw is a small school with a family atmosphere. We hope your child will be very happy in their time with us.

Student Profile

Please take a moment to assess the following typical student profile and the specialist needs we can accommodate. If you feel our school is the right fit for you and your family, please call the admissions team on 01428 609 953 or email admissions@undershaw.education. We look forward to hearing from you.

A typical student profile:

  • Mixed gender aged 8 – 19 years
  • Primary diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Challenging Behaviour
  • Learning Difficulties
  • History of placement breakdowns
  • Has an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)

Undershaw enables students to transform their futures and to realise their true potential in a safe, nurturing, and inspirational environment. These are students who may find secondary mainstream settings challenging. We offer small classes and universal therapy provision and an academic peer group to allow our students to thrive.

Students will already have an Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP), or they may be in the process of obtaining one, and present with mild to moderate:

  • Social communication difficulties
  • Speech, language, and communication difficulties
  • Specific learning difficulties for example, dyslexia
  • Developmental co-ordination disorders
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorders
  • Anxiety and Tourette’s syndrome
  • Medical vulnerabilities
  • Depression
  • Phobias inhibiting school attendance or “normal” living e.g., OCD
  • Refusal to attend school or separation difficulties.

At present we are unable to support students who present with the following:

  • Trauma and attachment disorders
  • Conduct disorders
  • Mental health problems
  • A child whose behaviour creates an unacceptable health and safety risk
  • A child with severe learning difficulties and who is unable to access the broad and balanced curriculum delivered for students of average or above potential
  • A child who requires a high level of staff support in order to keep themselves and/or others safe, or to make progress in their learning.

The Admissions Process

A step by step process for admissions to Undershaw:


Step 2. VISIT

  • Please come and see us
  • Meet our Transition specialist who will tour you around our campus and our vast array of unique spaces

Step 3. APPLY


  • We can only accommodate children and young people with Special Educational Needs who have an EHCP
  • All places are funded by the relevant Local Authority so no placement can be offered without an official referral


  • We have a comprehensive referral, assessment and transition process to ensure the successful placements of students
  • The placement offered will be for an individual combination of a programme of study to meet their needs and a bespoke package of care.


  • As a small school we can give each individual student a deep level of individual attention when transitioning into the school
  • We will ensure you and your family meet the staff who will be key to the fulfilment of your child’s EHCP


  • Please bring your completed documents in on your first day with us
  • Or email them to admissions@undershaw.education
  • We look forward to welcoming you to the Undershaw family.

Our Promise

We always endeavour to help, and welcome enquiries from families, supporting and advising where we can. However, your main advocate and key contact for pursuing an application will be your Local Authority. At Undershaw, in partnership with families and Local Authorities, we strive to ensure that the needs of our children are fully met. We want our children to feel well supported, to be challenged to succeed and to be happy, with the result that progress is made and attainment is high.

If the school is oversubscribed, students interested in joining, and who have been accepted as suitable following assessment, can be placed on our applicant register and will be ‘paperwork reviewed’ in date order of application. Please note this may take some weeks given the number of applications we receive.

If you require any assistance in the application process or wish to speak to the school directly, please contact Camilla O’Hare, Admissions Administrator on admissions@undershaw.education.


She’s made friends and really looks forward to coming to school.

Post 16 parent

At all times our family felt supported.

Post 16 parent

J has felt able to put her trust in the school from her very first day.

Post 16 parent

E has many years ahead of him at Undershaw and I am excited about the opportunities he is going to get.

Year 4 parent

The world is kind, because I have now found a better school.


Whilst supporting the students with such a fantastic provision, we have certainly felt encouraged as parents too

Year 4 parent

I absolutely have my trust in the leadership team, the wonderful staff and the vision for the school going forward.

Current parent

The emotional support and advice has been wonderful

Year 4 parent

I’m thrilled both my children get to reap the benefits of such a high quality education

Year 4 parent

Our daughter commented to me after her first day that the difference in atmosphere was enormous.

Post 16 parent

Eliminating the impossible