Contact Details

Sam Matthews

Contact Tel:
01342 811852
Contact Email:

Key Services

Areas covered


Step by Step School is a non-maintained special school for children and young people aged 3 – 19 with autism and complex learning difficulties. Our provision has twice been rated “Outstanding”.

What we do: All pupils follow a broad, balanced, relevant and functional curriculum, including the National Curriculum, which is differentiated and personalised to meet their needs. There is a strong emphasis on enabling children and young people to become confident, participative learners.

A multi-disciplinary team of Qualified Teachers, experienced Behaviour Analysts and allied Health Professionals (Speech and Language Therapists and Occupational Therapists) work together to provide an integrated approach to teaching and learning. Each child’s programme is coordinated by a team of senior staff who will work with the child, the family and the other professionals around the child to ensure progress towards learning goals.

All of our staff engage in a thorough induction programme. Our ABA tutor training programme is a two year competency-based training programme, along with a robust Continuing Professional Development programme. Step by Step School is led by the School Director and the Senior Leadership Team. The children and young people are grouped in classes of up to seven, according to age and ability.

Categories of SEND

Cognition and learning, Communication and Interaction.

Age group

Early years, Primary, Secondary, Post 16.


Education Service, Specialist Educational Setting and/or Outreach Service.

Referral Process

Requires a referral from a Local Authority