Update – Decision – 10 June 2019

As no objections or comments were received to the public notice published on 8 May, Mr Roger Gough, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Education has confirmed his decision taken under procedures laid down in Kent County Council’s constitution that the proposed changes to Stone Bay can be implemented from September 2019. The Canterbury Church of England Diocese and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Southwark may appeal to the Schools Adjudicator against this decision within four weeks of the decision being made.



Update May 2019 - Public Notice

On 28 March 2019 the Children’s, Young People and Education Cabinet committee recommended that the Cabinet Member issue a public notice in respect of the proposal to change the age range of Stone Bay Special School from 8-19 years to 5-19 years. The Record of Decision is available to view in the documents below.

The public notice period will be from 08 May 2019 to 05 June 2019 and a copy of the public notice can be found in the document section, along with a copy of the complete proposal.

Within four weeks from the date of publication, any person may send in a response supporting, objecting or commenting on the public notice to Marisa White, Area Education Officer (East Kent) at the address below or email school.consultations@kent.gov.uk. The closing date for objections and comments is noon 05 June 2019.



Stone Bay (Community Special) School

Kent County Council (KCC) would like to hear your views on a proposal to lower the age range of Stone Bay School.

The school currently provides for children from age 8 (Year 4) and would like to lower the age-range of their provision to include all of Key Stage 2 and also a Key Stage 1 class from September 2019. The Headteacher and Governing Body of the school believes that the benefit to pupils of starting their education in an autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) specific provision would be huge. This would allow the school to teach and embed communication at a younger age, providing a positive learning experience for the children. Currently pupils start their education in other special schools and transfer to Stone Bay in later Key Stages, often when other schools are no longer suitable at meeting the complex needs. By removing the stresses of this transition and fully immersing the children in an ASD supportive environment at the start of their formal education the school expect to see improved communication and learning and fewer challenging behaviours.

KCC is therefore proposing that the age-range of the school should change from 8 to 19 years to 5 to 19 years from September 2019.

Share your views

Please read the below consultation document and complete the response form. This can then be sent to Marisa White, Area Education Officer, Brook House, Reeves Way, Whitstable, Kent CT5 3SS or emailed to: school.consultations@kent.gov.uk. Alternatively, you may wish to hand your response form in at the school.

All responses need to be received by midday on 01 April 2019.

This consultation has now closed.


  • Opened
    4 Mar 2019 at 09:00
  • Closed
    1 Apr 2019 at 12:00
  • Response Published
    08 May 2019


Consulting Organisation Type
  • Kent County Council
  • School, college or university
Consulting Organisation Name Kent County Council
District / Borough areas affected by the consultation
  • Thanet
Consultation Topic
  • Schools, education and learning
Consultation Methods
  • Other survey / questionnaire / forms
Contact Details
  • Marisa White, Area Education Officer, Brook House, Reeves Way, Whitstable, Kent CT5 3SS.
  • Email: school.consultations@kent.gov.uk