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.
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Kerry Sternstein - Head teacher