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Improving the quality of family life
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Snowflake School

Improving the quality of family life

Welcome to Snowflake School website

No two snowflakes are identical and all of the children that come to Snowflake School are unique and amazing individuals who have an abundance of skills and potential waiting to be unlocked.

Welcome to our website which I hope that you will find informative and give you the opportunity to explore our work and our aspirations. I hope that you find that this website captures some of the extraordinary outcomes that children achieve on a daily basis and shows the dedication and energy of an incredible professional staff team.

Everybody involved with Snowflake School are all very proud that the school has once again been rated as Outstanding by Ofsted. We were inspected on January 12th, 13th and 14th 2016 and you will be able to read the full Ofsted report by clicking the link elsewhere on this page.

We are fortunate to have the support and understanding of the parents of our pupils and we aim to sustain this vital partnership with parents and to continue to improve all aspects of our wonderful school.

The rating of Outstanding is the result of the skill commitment and determination of many individuals bonded together as a team with one aim - improving the lives of the children and families that we are associated with.

We must remember that an inspection report is not the end of our work to improve the school but is merely a strong indication that we are moving in the right direction

We receive fantastic backing from our Trustees and supporters and I can ensure you that if you are able to make a donation, every penny given will be channeled directly to improving the experience for children enabling them to progress and to enjoy being at school.

We hope that you will choose to follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook, it is important that our very small school does not become an island and that we ensure that we are outward looking and constantly seeking to engage with those that can add to our skills, knowledge and understanding.

We aspire to be a Learning Community that invests in the development of staff knowledge and skills as well as pupils, parents and the wider public. We aim to do what we can to spread the word that the Applied Behaviour Analysis/Verbal Behaviour approach to Teaching and Learning is very effective and can bring great benefits for children with Autism, leading to real improvements in the quality of family life.

David Haswell, Headteacher

Ofsted Inspection 2016: Snowflake School is Outstanding

  • Pupils' achievement is outstanding as a result of excellent teaching
  • ..pupils make exceptional progress
  • Parents and carers are delighted with their children's progress
  • ..assessments are analysed rigorously...to enable pupils to progress at a fast rate
  • The curriculum is outstanding and has a highly positive impact on pupils' learning and achievement
  • ..staff provide an exceptionally high level of care.
  • The Leadership and management of the school are outstanding
  • The head teacher inspires all staff to strive for excellence to secure the highest levels of achievement for each pupil
  • Tutor leaders are extremely well trained...
  • ..the school builds strong relationships with parents and carers...
Download Ofsted Report - 2016

Snowflake School - Improving the quality of family life

Our guiding principles and aims

The first five principles are those which underpin the philosophy behind the successful 'Carbone Clinic' in New York. Snowflake School staff have all trained with Dr Vincent Carbone and his associates in order to apply these principles..

Learner's Potential

We believe every learner has the potential to develop skills beyond their current level and should be free of behaviours and activities that cause injury, pain or limit opportunities for full community involvement.

Functional Communication

We will teach functional communication skills and other skills that will lead to rewarding personal relationships, well-being, vocational productivity and self-determined daily activities.

Applied Behaviour

We rely on the literature of the science of applied behaviour analysis and its underlying assumptions to guide our analysis of learner needs and our recommendations of effective treatment and instruction.

Development of Skills

Functional communication is the foundation that supports the development of skills in all areas and therefore B.F. Skinner's analysis of verbal behaviour and the supporting empirical work guide our treatment and instructional recommendations.

Instructional Methods

The choice of instructional methods will be guided by reliable data which are gathered and analysed on a schedule sufficient to make informed decisions.

First Educators

We recognise that parents/carers are the child's first educators and that their expertise in their child is of paramount importance to us.

All-round Development

The link between home, school and external agencies are crucial to fully support the all-round development of the child.

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