At Stone Bay School

we are committed to the progress of all our students and base our approach to learning and engagement on their reality, how they are, not on age related developmental or attainment expectations.

Our curriculum has been developed collaboratively by all teachers and is delivered through our Lower or Upper school. We have an Assistant Headteacher who leads each section within the school.

Assistant Headteacher Lower School (4 composite classes): Lucy Taylor.

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Assistant Headteacher Upper School (7 composite classes): Louvain Scott.

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The majority of our students are at a foundation stage, or the very beginning of subject based learning and our curriculum has been designed to recognise this whilst ensuring we offer not only access, but challenge. By doing this we are setting the circumstances required to ensure progress.

Our curriculum is based on a modified version of the National Curriculum, with a strong focus on Personal and Social development. We have developed a unique curriculum for our students to support their developing engagement with learning.

Our curriculum is not age related but need related and draws from:

In addition to this we plan opportunities for learning across three Personal and Social Development strands:

  • Independent and organisational skills.
  • Attention.
  • Interacting and working with others.

Success in these three areas is key to overcoming the barriers to learning and independent living our students face in their lives.

Our offer is specifically designed to:

  • Secure wellbeing, ensure students feel safe and have a childhood.
  • Extend students tolerance range.
  • Ensure student’s access to success.
  • Enable students to develop their independence.
  • Enable students to develop their confidence.
  • Enable students to develop their voice and self-advocacy skills.
  • Enable students to develop appropriate personal and social skills.
  • Enable our students to become active and responsible citizens.
  • To prepare successfully for their life beyond the school.

We do this by:

  • Planning all learning based on the reality of the child.
  • Extending tolerance ranges by increasing levels of challenge whilst avoiding maladaptive reactions and crisis.
  • Secure increasing levels of positive engagement with learning, peers and adults.
  • Based on individual need we adopt flexibility in approach to learning and teaching to ensure progress, however it presents, can be captured and celebrated.
  • Ensuring individual need and resource required to meet need are accurately recorded in Education, Health & Care Plans.