Ingfield Manor School
Special needs catered for
Day or weekly boarding for children with Cerebral Palsy.
Specially adapted buildings with purpose-built classrooms and residential accommodation. Hydrotherapy pool. The Dame Vera Lynn School for Parents works with children aged 0-5 and their parents. It is provided with The Dame Vera Lynn Trust for Children with Cerebral Palsy.
Support services provided
Medical oversight is provided by orthopaedic, neuropaediatric and paediatric consultants as well as a full range of visiting specialists. Two nurses are on staff, available 24-hours a day.
Home school links
Excellent parental links are encouraged through annual reviews, regular meetings and home school books.
Extensive facilities in own grounds, close to Billingshurst.
Aims and philosophy
The school has a unique place in the development of Conductive Education in this country. Ofsted has concluded, "This is a centre of excellence for an alternative approach to the education of children with Cerebral Palsy." The latest Ofsted report (2007) described the school as ‘outstanding’.
Children follow National Curriculum core and foundation subjects. The curriculum is based on an holistic view of children and their intellectual, emotional and social needs. Technology features strongly and is used to support the children as they extend their repertoire of skills. The school has a national reputation for the development of computer assisted communication.
Staff qualification and selection
Staff work in special multi-disciplinary teams reflecting the theory and practice of Conductive Education. All staff undertake the school’s two-year training programme and have prior qualifications in Teaching, Therapy, Nursing or Child Care. There are a number of Conductors qualified in Conductive Education through the Peto Institute.