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Stony Dean School

Stony Dean School is a heavily oversubscribed secondary special school situated in Amersham in Buckinghamshire. We are very proud of the fact that we were the first school in this county to gain specialist SEN College status and our designation is for Communication and Interaction. This underpins the whole life of the school and our curriculum focuses on language development for all our students.


The students who attend Stony Dean come from across the south of Buckinghamshire and occasionally from neighbouring authorities or from the north of this county if their specific SEN cannot be met elsewhere.


Our school is a calm and productive learning environment where the staff team seeks to maximise the potential of every student and to take advantage of every learning opportunity. The school is consistently successful in achieving appropriate Post 18 placements for students in either FE Colleges or employment with training. Many of these FE places will be on “mainstream” college course as our students will have met the entry requirements and will have the self-confidence as independent learners to participate fully in the adult world.


The external accreditation outcomes for Year 11 have kept the school at the top of the table in the county for Contextual Value Added scores for the last five years. We now offer our students GCSE, BTEC or equivalent level courses in seven subjects, Entry Level Certificates in up to twelve subjects and, AQA Unit awards, Equals, etc. in other curriculum areas.


The school is rapidly developing its vocational and Skills for Life courses and also has positive links with a range of external providers. Enterprise Education is on the timetable for all students and this is the vehicle we use to enable them to experience the practical application of their learning and to gain the skills necessary to achieve employability. Our Young Enterprise Company is a central part of this work and goes from strength to strength.


Our beliefs and philosophies of teaching and learning are underpinned by the values of collaborative practice. As a school our therapists and teachers work together to ensure that students have the best possible experience at the school. Strategies and interventions are researched based and targeted to support the needs of the students.  We believe that every child can succeed and we have tailored our curriculum to develop their literacy, employability and independence living skills.


Stony Dean Students are lively, thoughtful and always ready to participate in a wide range of curriculum and extra-curricular activities. They are a remarkable group of young people and it is an enormous privilege to work alongside them as they make the journey following the transition from primary school all the way to adulthood.



Contact: Mr Neil Strain (Head Teacher)

Address: Orchard End Avenue, Amersham, Buckinghamshire HP7 9JW

Tel: 01494 762538