Snowflake School

Name Snowflake School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Address 46a Longridge Road, London, SW5 9SJ
Phone Number 02073703232
Type Independent (special)
Age Range 5-16
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 18 (88.9% boys 11.1% girls)
Local Authority Kensington and Chelsea
Percentage Free School Meals 0.0%
Pupils with SEN Support 0%
Catchment Area Indicator Available No
Last Distance Offered Available No

Information about this school

Snowflake is an independent day school for pupils with autism spectrum disorder. It is located in Earls Court in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Pupils are placed from a range of local authorities. All pupils have education, health and care plans. The school’s previous inspection took place in January 2016, when it was judged to be outstanding. The board of trustees is responsible for governance of the school. The headteacher joined the school in August 2018. The school does not make use of any alternative providers.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school Trustees and leaders have maintained the excellent quality of education since the previous inspection. They have ensured that the independent school standards are met. Snowflake is a happy and inclusive school where pupils are safe and settled. Staff know pupils exceptionally well. Staff plan highly personalised curriculums for pupils. They work closely with parents and carers, therapists and other professionals to ensure that pupils’ needs are fully understood. Teaching is excellent. Together with supervisors and other leaders, tutors monitor pupils’ progress meticulously and make a significant difference to pupils’ learning. Pupils make outstanding progress from their starting points, particularly in the development of their social and communication skills. They also make strong and sustained progress, appropriate to their age and ability, in English, mathematics and the wider curriculum. This year, leaders have revised the approaches for assessing pupils’ all-round development. Although the new system is well thought out and more effective, it is not fully embedded. All staff set very high expectations of pupils’ learning and behaviour. Pupils respond exceptionally well to the consistent approaches used by all staff throughout the school. Trustees and the headteacher value the hard work of all members of staff. They provide opportunities for staff to extend their skills and gain extra qualifications. The high-quality programme of professional development has a positive impact on pupils’ learning. Staff promote pupils’ independence very effectively. Their efforts result in some achievements that are ‘firsts’ for individual pupils, such as managing a visit to the dentist. The curriculum is enriched in a variety of ways, including well-planned educational visits. Pupils celebrate festivals and events throughout the year and learn about the world around them. Parents are overwhelmingly pleased with the school. Many travel long distances in order for their children to attend Snowflake. They are highly complimentary of the ways in which trustees, leaders and other staff have made a significant difference to their children’s lives. Compliance with regulatory requirements The school meets the requirements of the schedule to the Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014 (‘the independent school standards’) and associated requirements.