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Staff Structure

A Passionate, committed team

Ingfield Manor School is a community that has young people and families at its heart. Those who work at the school, irrespective of their role, length of service, or experience, share a common passion for the work that we do and a deep commitment to helping the young people at Ingfield Manor School to be the very best they can be, whatever their individual needs and challenges.

Please see our Work with Us  page for information on our current vacancies.


Ingfield Manor School has a highly skilled, professional and dedicated staff body, comprising the following specialisms:

  • Team members
  • Conductors
  • Nurses
  • Lunchtime Assistants
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Speech and Language Therapists
  • Teachers
  • Finance and Administration
  • Premises and Domestic
  • Enhanced IT Support
Nicola Dodds - Head of Care

Nicola Dodds


I started working at Ingfield Manor school over 10 years ago as an occupational therapist. I moved into the sector as I had previously worked within statutory services and I was left disheartened whereby high caseloads meant getting to know an individual over time and their personalised needs was a challenge. I was inspired by everyone’s ‘can do’ attitude and the level of efforts that went into facilitating the students to achieve their real potential. The opportunity to work as part of a transdisciplinary team and really understand the holistic needs of every individual helped me sustain my passion for continuing to work in specialist education and care.

I transitioned into a more senior role as Lead therapist and then subsequent to this Head of Care. These roles helped me develop my managerial skills and I also got involved in some of the wider company decision making. Ambito Care and Education has supported me throughout this journey and this has enabled me to take on my most demanding but rewarding challenge yet!

Tracey Francis - Lead Nurse

Tracey Francis

Interim Head of Care
Bio coming soon.

Annette Smith - Head of Secondary and Sixth Form

Annette Smith

Head of Secondary and Sixth Form
Bio coming soon.

Becky French  - Head of Primary

Becky French

Head of Primary
Bio coming soon.

Rachel Sebastino - Head of Early Years

Rachel Sebastino

Head of Early Years
Bio coming soon.

Jane Hart-Coombes - PA and Office Manager

Jane Hart-Coombes

PA and Office Manager
Bio coming soon.

Peter Palmer - Finance Manager

Peter Palmer

Finance Manager

Peter has worked at the School since Nov 2017.

He began his finance career in a firm of Chartered Accountants where he gained an invaluable experience of finance in respect of small to medium businesses.

During the 22 years at this Practise he worked his way up to Office Manager and learnt about Corporate and Personal Tax, VAT, Accountancy,Auditing and business finance which has held him in good stead for the rest of his career.
He then moved into an Internal Audit role with the Plant Hire Division of a FTSE Top 100 Plc company dealing with Subsidiary companies having £5m to £55m Turnover each.

More recently he was the sole Finance person in a Pan European Storage Solution service provider where he covered many roles as well as the main finance one including Company Secretary and Interim Managing Director.