Our vision is to develop well-rounded individuals who can go forward into their adult lives prepared for the work environment and capable of being independent and productive citizens.

We believe that high quality education is best achieved when the needs of each individual pupil – social, emotional, spiritual and educational – are considered to be paramount. Through focusing on pupils as individuals, we will aim to tailor challenging and enjoyable educational programmes to directly meet their needs and to truly personalise learning.

We will work with each pupil, their parents / carers and other professionals to understand, and work to overcome, each pupil’s particular barriers to learning, so they can achieve their full potential within a secure and caring environment.

We will develop our capacity as a special academy school to enhance the range of experiences available to our pupils and offer them increasing opportunities for personal, social, intellectual and physical development through both our day and residential provision. Linked to this, we will continue to work with the wider community to ensure Stone Lodge has central place within it.

We believe that improving the quality of education will be an ongoing process which involves monitoring, reflection and evaluation, leading to enhancement of best practice. We embrace the use of new technology to provide new opportunities for learning and teaching.

We intend to ensure that Stone Lodge will continue to play a significant role in promoting the development of special needs locally, regionally and nationally

We promote politeness and mutual respect towards all members of our community and are fully committed to promoting disability equality.

Head of School's Welcome

Everyone at Stone Lodge is extremely proud of our academy where students continue to achieve and flourish both educationally and socially in our supportive and friendly environment. Our aim is to encourage all individuals to achieve their potential. Currently, our age range is from 5 to 16 years. (National Curriculum Years 1 to 11)

Stone Lodge Academy is a special school providing education for pupils who have a primary diagnosis of Moderate Learning Difficulties and who may also experience other complex difficulties, for example, we cater for pupils with a range of needs including; ADHD; ADD; Asperger’s Syndrome (High-Level Functioning); Autism (ASD) (where MLD is the primary need); Speech and Language Difficulties; Downs Syndrome.

All pupils are referred to us and funded by Local Authorities. Suffolk County Council administers our admission process.

Please feel free to look around our website but we believe that the only way to find out if we are the best setting for your child is to come and visit! Please do contact us for further information if you would like to know more. We look forward to showing you around the academy.

Jo Pettingale
Head of School

Lawrence Chapman
Executive Head