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Stone Bay School.

We are a residential/day school for children and young people who have been diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and have a range of comorbidities.

Typically, our students will not be meeting age related attainment expectations with attainment and progress being measured using the P scale. A proportion of our children and young people will also respond to anxiety and stress with maladaptive reactions.

Although the school offers flexibility and individually designed educational programmes, there are certain criteria used to identify the type of need that can be met by the school. Intake is limited by the school’s designation as defined by the Local Authority (LA) and offers provision for KS 2, 3, 4, & 5 subject to resource availability at any given time e.g. gender mix, availability of suitable bedrooms, health and safety considerations etc.

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.

Specific Admissions Criteria

Prospective students should be between 8 and 19 years of age, of either sex (although gender may limit availability of suitable residential accommodation). They will be referred to us through their Local Authority.
Prospective students will be Autistic, have significant impairment with their cognition, learning and previous levels of progress. Typically diagnosed in Kent as having Profound, Severe and Complex additional learning Needs. Typical educational attainment will be measured on the P scale.

In addition they will experience one or more of the following:

  • Communication Difficulties.
    • Expressive Communication.
    • Receptive Communication.
    • Processing time.
  • Impaired Social Skills.
    • Difficulty tolerating difference or change.
    • Requirement for instant gratification.
    • Self control issues.
    • Problems with joint attention.
    • Maladaptive reactions to a range setting circumstances or immediate antecedents.
  • Global Developmental Delay.
  • Difficulties with Macro and Micro Transitions.
  • Stress, Anxiety and Depression related to their Autism.
  • Sensory processing and Environmental stimuli.

The school cannot meet the needs of students who experience:

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

Admissions process.

Referral paperwork will come from the potential students 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 student we will visit their current school and home as we gather information we require to ensure all additional needs can be met.

When an offer has been made teachers, therapists and residential staff will work collaboratively with, parents, social care professionals, previous school placement and clinical colleagues to baseline assess the student. This helps to ensure we minimise the potential negative impact of transition and the lead time required to have a good understanding of the additional needs of the student.

For Parents and Primary carers.

We are happy to facilitate visits. If you want to arrange one please contact our Student Liaison Manager who will be happy to organise a visit. Referrals will be made through your child’s Local Authority, again if you have any questions just give us a call.

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