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Stone Bay School

Stone Bay School offers day and residential provision for school for children and young people who have been diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, and have severe and complex learning difficulties.  All pupils will have their main area of need within Communication and Interaction.

Prospective pupils should be between 4 and 19 years of age, of either gender (although gender may limit availability of suitable residential accommodation)

We group our pupils as follow:

Reception class  

Key Stage 1 classes (years 1 and 2)

Key Stage 2 classes (years 3-6)  

Key Stage 3 Classes (years 7-9)

Key Stage 4/5 Classes (years 10-14)

Whilst we take the pupils’ age into account, how children are placed is flexible and depends on individual needs or abilities. Generally the groups will be organised to take in to consideration the learning stages the individual pupils are at.

Each of the Lower school classes will have between 6 and 8 pupils in each group, depending on the needs of the group and the size of the room available. Upper School classes are generally smaller and have a maximum of 6 or 7 pupils in total.

Pupils at Stone Bay generally follow one of three learning pathways and classes are grouped to meet these needs. These groupings are not fixed throughout the whole time the children are with us and may change as their needs develop and change. 

Pre-Formal Pathway

This pathway is for pupils working at the very early levels of development and are not yet ready to access subject specific learning


Semi-Formal Pathway

This pathway supports the learning for pupils who are working at a level where elements of both the pre-formal and formal curriculum are suitable for them


Formal Pathway

Despite its name, our formal curriculum is highly differentiated to meet individual needs but is more subject specific.  

The LA has a statutory responsibility for arranging special educational provision for children and young people with Education Health and Care Plans. The LA has agreed and published admissions criteria for each special school which are designed to broadly determine the suitability of a referral to the school, be it for a day or residential placement.


The school cannot meet the needs of students who experience:

  • Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD)
  • A primary psychiatric disorder
  • Social, Emotional Mental Health Difficulties (SEMH)
  • An Atypical diagnosis where provision requires individual teachers and teaching spaces.

Admissions process.

Referral paperwork will come to the school from the potential pupil's Local Authority.  Parents or those with parental rights will be encouraged to visit the school ensuring everyone knows what exactly the school can offer. To ensure we have as full a comprehensive picture of the pupil, if we feel we may be able to meet the young person's needs,  we will visit their current school and home as we gather information we require. 

Offers of placement are made to the Local Authority and not directly to parents and carers. When an offer has been made teachers, therapists and residential staff will work collaboratively with, parents, social care professionals, previous school placement to ensure a smooth personalised transition plan is in place. 

For Parents and Primary carers.

If you would like to arrange a visit please contact Debbie Granger PA to the Headteacher.
Referrals will be made through your child’s Local Authority.

For Admissions policy click here

Find Us

70 Stone Road,
Broadstairs, Kent
CT10 1EB

01843 863 421