Snowflake’s Principal Aim: “To improve the lives of the children and families that we are associated with.” is achieved working with our community of staff, pupils and families, following our underpinning SUPER values of;
‘be Supportive’, be Understanding’, ‘be Patient’, ‘have Empathy’ ‘have Respect’
Snowflake is committed to supporting families and others in the wider community using the experience and expertise that has been built up over the past decade.
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 three years of leadership and over thirty years of teaching experience and expertise in Special Educational Needs. I understand the challenges that families face as they seek to help their son or daughter to develop their life skills. I know how difficult it is for families to find that special school where they feel confident that their 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. Snowflake provides a positive and secure learning environment, where we aspire to nurture the young people to flourish and grow to their fullest potential.
Teaching at Snowflake school is guided by the science of applied behaviour analysis (ABA) including Skinners Analysis of Verbal Behaviour. We use an individually centred approach to learning with the aim of increasing communication and independence through scientific analysis which enables all within our care to flourish. Once a student has taken up a place at Snowflake School their development is constantly monitored through daily data keeping, programmes, meetings and specialised assessment tools. This information will continually inform student’s learning plans and also provide clear scientific evidence of learning and progress.
All pupils receive 1:1 individualised support as well as regular opportunities for group learning/play and generalisation throughout the day.
Snowflake School recognises that families know the pupils best and so we understand the importance of positive and regular home /school communication. Families are involved throughout the education process, whether in daily feedback, meetings, consultations or reviews.
Snowflake was co-founded eleven years ago by our Chair of Trustees Mrs. Faryaneh Akhavan. Her team of dedicated Trustees give us tremendous support and ensure that Snowflake is an “Outstanding School,” (Ofsted Inspection, 2013, 2016, and 2019)
The success of Snowflake 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.
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Kerry Sternstein - Headteacher