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Improving the quality of family life
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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;

‘be Supportive’, be Understanding’, ‘be Patient’, ‘have Empathy’ ‘have Respect’

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

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 with autism to develop their skills. And meet their potential.

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. Our school provides a positive and secure teaching and learning environment, where we nurture our pupils 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. Each pupil receives an individually devised programme based on a pupil centred, multi professional approach to learning, aimed at increasing communication and independence and delivered 1;1 by a trained ABA tutor. Once a pupil starts 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.

All pupils are part of a class group of maximum 6 pupils and 6 ABA tutors with a teacher/ABA supervisor as a lead. They receive 1:1 individualised support as well as regular opportunities for group teaching, social 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 more than 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)

From November 2020, the plan is for Snowflake School to consist of two buildings; our existing Primary site, based in Earls Court and a Secondary site, based in Acton. Although numbers will increase (18 in the Primary Site and 24 at the secondary site over the next 3 years), there will always be a maximum of 6 pupils and 6 ABA tutors in the class.

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 (please see our Corona Policy regarding visitors) and in the meantime please choose to follow us on Twitter, Instagram and like us on Facebook.

Kerry Sternstein - Head teacher

Ofsted Inspection 2019: 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 - 2019

Snowflake School - Improving the quality of family life

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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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