Opened September 2020 in Bearsted, Snowfields Academy will be a brand new purpose-built special school designed to accommodate 140 students between the ages of 11 and 18 whose primary need is ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder). Snowfields Academy will be the newest school to be built within Leigh Academies Trust (LAT); a selection of primary, secondary and special schools across Kent, Medway and South East London.
All students at Snowfields Academy will have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP). At Snowfields, class sizes will be small so as to enable learners to focus and to receive good levels of personalised support in the classroom. A highly-supportive pastoral structure will be central to the academy, placing the needs of each student first, and a commitment to instilling British values and delivering a strong Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) education will be evident within the curriculum. Staff at Snowfields Academy will be trained to support those with both mental health difficulties and other behavioural needs, and all students and their families will have access to the support they need, including contact with trained Emotional Literacy Support Assistants (ELSA). An emphasis will be placed on preparing learners for their later lives and supporting them in identifying and achieving their aspirations, and as a result students will have the option of making choices from a blended curriculum which combines both vocational and academic subjects. Regardless of their pathway choice, every student experience will be tailored to suit the needs and ambitions of each individual learner.