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Proposal to lower the age range of Stone Bay (Foundation Special) School from aged 5-19 years to 4-19 years.

The Governing Body of Stone Bay Special School and Kent County Council (KCC) is proposing to lower the age-range of Stone Bay (Foundation Special) School from 5-19 years to 4-19 years to include a reception class from September 2020. The school currently specialises in providing both day and residential education for pupils aged 8 to 19 years who have autistic spectrum disorder (ASD), profound, severe and complex needs and additional comorbidities. All have an Education, Health & Care plan

Kent County Council (KCC) as the Local Authority has a statutory duty to ensure sufficient school places are available. The County Council’s Commissioning Plan for Education Provision in Kent 2019-23 is a five-year rolling plan which is updated annually. It sets out our future plans as Strategic Commissioner of Education Provision across all types and phases of education in Kent. A copy of the plan can be viewed from this link:

In recent years, Kent has experienced place pressure through all phases of education, including SEN, with the number of Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) continuing to increase as a result.  The increased place pressure has been evident for all the main SEN need types, with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) being the most prevalent and fastest growing need type.

Have your say

If you wish to comment on this proposal, please return a response form by midday on 31 March 2020, by handing it in at the school office, by sending the response form to Simon Heaton, Chair of Governors Stone Bay Special School, 70 Stone Road Broadstairs Kent CT10 1EB  or emailing your views to  office@stone-bay.kent.sch

Additional information

  • Stone Bay (Foundation) Special School are the ‘controller’ under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and ensure that any personal information is processed fairly and lawfully. We will only share your responses for the purpose of validation, which will enable a fair and just consultation.


  • Opened
    3 Mar 2020 at 10:00
  • Closed
    31 Mar 2020 at 12:00


Consulting Organisation Type
  • School, college or university
Consulting Organisation Name Kent County Council
District / Borough areas affected by the consultation
  • Thanet
Consultation Topic
  • General interest
  • Children and families
  • Schools, education and learning
Consultation Methods
  • Other survey / questionnaire / forms
  • Open responses (e.g. letters and email)
Contact Details

Email address: office@stone-bay.kent.sch