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Improving the quality of family life
Slide background Pupils' achievement is outstanding The Leadership and management of the school are outstanding ..staff provide an exceptionally high level of care. ..pupils make exceptional progress Ofsted Report - 2023
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Snowflake School

Secondary Site

Welcome to Snowflake School website

At Snowflake School our principal Aim is: “To improve the lives of the children and families by working with our community of staff, pupils and families and following our underpinning SUPER values of;

Safe, Understanding, Patient, Enthusiastic, Respectful

We are committed to supporting pupils, families and the wider community using our experience. expertise and high-quality service that we have provided for many years.

Snowflake School was co-founded by our Chair of Trustees Mrs. Faryaneh Akhavan. Her team of dedicated Trustees give us tremendous support and ensure that Snowflake is a school with constantly outstanding features; (Ofsted Inspection, 2013, 2016,2019, 2023)

This is my second headship of a special school for young people with autism, using the science of Applied Behaviour Analysis. As well as a Master’s in Education, I bring over twenty-six years of leadership and over thirty years of teaching experience and expertise in Special Educational Needs.

We understand the challenges that you face as you seek to help your son or daughter with autism to develop their skills, and also how difficult it is for you to find that special school where you feel confident that your son or daughter will be treated as a unique human being, an individual who is able to achieve and be recognised for how unique and special they are.

Just as no two snowflakes are ever the same, we view our pupils as individuals with their own personalities, likes and dislikes, strengths and challenges. Our school provides a positive and secure teaching and learning environment, where we nurture our pupils to flourish and grow.

Our teaching and learning are guided by the science of applied behaviour analysis (ABA) including Skinners Analysis of Verbal Behaviour. Our pupils receive an individually devised programme based on a pupil centred, multi professional approach to learning, aimed at increasing communication and independence, planned in conjunction with subject specialist teachers and delivered 1;1 and in groups by a trained teachers and tutors. Once they start attending Snowflake School their development is constantly monitored through daily data keeping, programmes, meetings and specialised assessment tools. This information will continually inform their teaching plan and also provide clear scientific evidence of learning and progress.

Our pupils are part of a class group consisting of 6 pupils and 6 ABA tutors led by a teacher and ABA supervisor. They access 1:1 provision as well as group teaching, therapies, social play and generalisation throughout the day.

We recognise that families know the pupils best and so we understand the importance of positive and regular home /school communication. We involve you throughout the education process, whether in daily feedback, meetings, consultations or reviews.

In November 2020, Snowflake School expanded to two buildings; a Primary site, based in Earls Court and a Secondary site, based in Acton. Our total number of pupils in the school is 42.

The success of Snowflake School is dependent on our team of gifted professionals who work with skill, commitment and determination. We aspire to be a Learning Community that invests in the continuous development of staff because our effectiveness is fuelled by the quality of our team.

Thank you for visiting Snowflake School, you are welcome to arrange a personal visit or call us for chat about your son or daughter. You can also follow us on Instagram and like us on Facebook.

Kerry Sternstein - Head teacher

Snowflake School - Improving the quality of family life

Snowflake is proud to be supported by the Bernard Sunley Foundation

Sustainable Travel

NASS Membership

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.