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We are currently looking to recruit governors 

Stone Bay Special School in Broadstairs is looking for Governors.   Are you skilled in Health and Safety, Safeguarding, Business management, Education, Autism or special needs and disabilities or are you passionate about inclusion and diversity and want to make a difference in your local community? Can you spare 2-3 hours every six weeks? If this sounds like a role you might be interested in please contact the school and Jane the Headteacher would be delighted to show you around.

The role of the school governor and governing bodies:

The role of the school governor is demanding but very rewarding and is an excellent way to give back to your local community.  School governing bodies are responsible for working with the school to ensure that it delivers a good quality education. Together with the headteacher, who is responsible for day-to-day management, they set the school’s aims and policies. 

Role of School Governor

Key roles of governors:

  • To ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
  • To hold the headteacher to account and ensuring the educational performance of the school, its students, the quality of our residential provision and the performance management of all staff.
  • To oversee the financial performance of the school, ensure we offer value for money and make sure our money is well spent.

They also carry out a number of other important duties, which include:

  • Determining how the school’s budget is spent.
  • The appointment and dismissal of staff.
  • Hearing appeals and grievances.
  • Setting standards for pupils’ behaviour and discipline.
  • Making sure school buildings are welcoming and safe.
  • Setting and monitoring the school’s aims and policies.

If you are interested in serving as a Stone Bay School governor please don’t hesitate to contact us.  We particularly welcome applications from existing parents.

Our Current Governing Body:

The Governing Body of Stone Bay School reconstituted on 11 July 2023 in line with the School Governance (Constitution) (England) Regulations 2012.   Twelve governors are appointed to sit on the school’s governing board.   They review the governance structure, terms of reference and standing orders on an annual basis, and have adopted the ‘circle’ structure, which requires the governing body to convene at least six times per year, and for governors to carry out regular monitoring responsibilities and report back to the full governing body.



Alex Krutnik (Foundation)
Chair of Governors
Website compliance and Finance support

As a parent of a pupil at the school I was intrinsically interested in helping the school as a whole in any way I could,  and, with a background in the voluntary sector and volunteering, I thought that volunteering my services as a school governor was the best way to do this.

Maria Blackburn (Authority) 
Vice Chair
Finance and Grant funding

I am Maria Blackburn the LA governor at Stone Bay School. I was introduced to the
school through my membership of a local Rotary club. I have spend the last fifty
years working in education in a variety of teaching, leadership and governance roles.
I offer the students and staff of Stone Bay the knowledge and skills that I have
acquired over the years and in return the school helps me to gain an insight into
complex SEND and learning. I am committed to providing all our pupils with the best
possible educational opportunities so that each individual reaches their true

Jane Hatwell

I started my career working as an early years teaching assistant, over the past 25 years I have worked my way up through the ranks to become the headteacher at Stone Bay School.Over the years I have worked in five very different special schools, teaching a range of ages and needs, including children with severe and complex autism. I love my job and feel blessed to be working at Stone Bay. I 'm wholeheartedly dedicated to ensuring our pupils and young people have the best possible childhood, preparing them to be happy, confident and capable learners who are fully included in their local community. I'm also committed to creating excellence in all we do, our pupils deserve nothing less. I am passionate in ensuring equality, diversity and inclusion both in our curriculum, policies and recruitment. I wish to recruit a full governing board that reflects the diversity of our pupils and staff. If you would like to join our governing board please do contact me via the school office. 

Ross Hale
Co-opted Governor
Health & Safety lead

I left school at 15 and joined the army. I was lucky enough to serve world wide. After I left the army I joined a National Animal Welfare charity for 5 years. I am currently a license holder in a local pub chain.

Tom Chadwick
Co-opted Governor
Safeguarding & Attendance

I became a governor at the school through the inspiring governance programme. I currently work in research administration for a science organisation, and previously worked in higher education. Having moved to the area last year I was pleased to be given the opportunity to volunteer as a governor at Stone Bay and learn more about the school and local community.

Ivonne Puttmann
Staff governor

As Assistant Headteacher and lead for Stone Bay's Lower School, I am really passionate about the curriculum and enabling our pupils to access personalised learning throughout. It is important to me that our governing body can benefit from my knowledge on how our pupils best learn and develop, so that they can progress and achieve. 

Rachel Lucey
Staff Governor

My son has been a residential student at Stone Bay school since 2018 and has thrived in every aspect. I feel blessed to be able to contribute to this community, and am excited to also be starting as a part time Teaching Assistant soon!


Bob Gibbons
Parent Governor

I am a Thanet man born and raised. Although my work meant that I moved around quite a lot I returned to the Island and settled back here. My child has been a residential pupil at Stone Bay and has thrived here. I have a background which includes a career in the police followed by a number of years teaching in FE and HE. In addition to this I was a governor at a special school for a number of years. I am looking forward to offering what skills I have to support the staff and the pupils at the school to the best of my ability.

Sharon Page
Clerk to Governors


Governing Body Details – September 2022 to July 2023

Governor Appointment and Business Interests Details (Updated July 2023)





Governor Attendance last academic year 


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