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Curriculum Statement

Stone Bay School Curriculum

At Stone Bay School, our Curriculum is adapted to meet the needs of all individual pupils. Our curriculum has been developed collaboratively by all teachers and is delivered in class bases in both the Lower and Upper school.

We aim for our pupils to be competent communicators through whichever method best suits them, to fulfil their potential in terms of being independent, we want to provide relevant learning opportunities so that being in a special school is a benefit to their life.

At Stone Bay School the curriculum is the whole learning experience offered by the school. How our pupils learn is as important as what they learn. Children and young people are learning all of the time and it is our responsibility to optimise learning opportunities throughout the school day, in curriculum time, during care routines, social times and our residential hours. Within our established ethos, our pupils will gain confidence in making choices and increase their knowledge and understanding of the world around them.

The Intent of our curriculum is to:

  • provide holistic learning experiences which are personalised to meet the unique needs of individuals and groups
  • provide a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum focussing on functionality
  • enable pupils to be effective communicators
  • use the pupils interests and talents to provide exciting, motivating and engaging learning experiences
  • develop pupil voice – Rights Respecting Schools award.
  • encourage all pupils to meet their full potential
  • be flexible enough to meet the needs of the diverse population within the school and matched to the individual needs of the student
  • build on pupils existing knowledge, skills and understanding
  • build on British Values
  • develop confidence, high self-esteem and independence
  • develop a respect for other people and the environment
  • prepare pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences in life beyond Stone Bay school.


We adapt and modify the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and National Curriculum for individual learners according to their needs. We recognise pupils’ strengths, needs and interests and build on these to promote achievement and success.

We identify our pupils’ needs through the Annual Review process and plan and adapt provision and learning opportunities to meet these needs.

We embed essential communication,engagement, interaction and independence opportunities in everything we do.

We are committed to providing the best learning opportunities, including access to community resources and life skills,linking classroom learning to life skills. All pupils learn best from first-hand experience.

To develop a full understanding of a concept a child must have relevant, practical learning experiences in different situations. We strive to provide opportunities to practise and apply learning in many contexts. Alongside the traditional curriculum the school has a range of therapeutic inputs that support individuals and groups of children. These include Speech and Language Therapy, Play Therapy, Rebound Therapy, and Sensory Circuits focusing on fine and gross motor skills.

Sensory experiences and sensory diets are built into the school day to enable the pupils to be taught to self regulate and meet their sensory needs independently. Tac-Pac, which combines the sense of touch and music through social interaction, is also used in classes. It is delivered via an interaction between 2 people – a giver and a receiver.

In addition we offer all of our pupils the opportunity to access an offsite Forest school, on a rotational basis.

Stone Bay uses a Total Communication approach. In all activities provided to the pupils, careful consideration is given to the opportunities for pupils to develop their communications skills. Alternative methods of communication are used to support pupils such as signing, symbol communication, communication books, iPads, and objects of reference. Intensive interaction and Identiplay are used to develop interaction and communications skills.

Our Enrichment Curriculum provides a variety of activities during the lunchtime period for all pupils to access. Activities include; walking club,disco, yoga, lego, film club, computer club,Remote control car club, Art.

Stone Bay is working towards achieving the Unicef Rights Respecting Schools Gold Award.

The UN Convention the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) are embedded into daily lessons and activities in school.

Unicef works with schools in the UK to create safe and inspiring places to learn, where children are respected, their talents are nurtured and they are able to thrive

The Rights Respecting Schools Award embeds these values in daily school life and gives our pupils the best chance to lead happy, healthy lives and to be responsible, active citizens.

Lower school

Key Stage 1&2 lead
Assistant Headteacher
Ivonne Puttmann

Upper school

Key Stage 3,4 & 6th Form lead
Assistant Headteacher
Louvain Scott




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70 Stone Road,
Broadstairs, Kent
CT10 1EB

01843 863 421