Stone Bay School in Broadstairs rated ‘good’ by Ofsted

Stone Bay School in Stone Road. Picture: Google Street View.

A special residential school in Broadstairs has been heaped with praise by parents during an inspection by Ofsted.

Stone Bay School was rated ‘good’ by the education watchdog in a report released today, with inspector Jan Hunnam praising staff, managers and head teacher Paula Miller.

During the visit by Ofsted, parents spoke about the progress made by their children since attending the Stone Road facility.

One said her son was “a changed little boy” while another said her’s is “flourishing” and “has made so much progress, particularly with independence”.

Stone Bay School in Stone Road. Picture: Google Street View.

Ms Hunnam says the school, which has 74 students on roll and 18 residential pupils, is nurturing and supportive, with trusting and meaningful relationships between staff and children, who are aged from five up to 19.

“Leaders and managers have successfully embedded a culture in which all staff are ambitious for children to develop and improve their future life chances,” she said.

“They strive to continually improve the care and support for residential students, so that they can achieve their full potential. 

“All staff know the children very well. They know them as unique individuals with specific needs and vulnerabilities. 

“Parents spoken to were extremely positive about the support the staff provide for their children, and the open and honest communication they have.”

The school was also rated good after its previous inspection a year ago.