Ingfield Manor School A Salutem Company Thu, 07 Nov 2019 11:24:22 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 Ingfield Manor School 32 32 New logo launch Thu, 07 Nov 2019 10:17:06 +0000 This week we had a whole school assembly where we introduced the new school logo to the students for the first time. Our Principal, Nicky, presented two Primary student representatives (who were involved in creating the final design) with teddy bears sporting the new logo on their t-shirts. These will be kept in the Primary area for all the students to enjoy.

New logo launch prize presentation

OPEN MORNING Fri, 25 Oct 2019 15:35:50 +0000

Join us at our Open Morning

Monday 11th November 09.30-11.30

At Ingfield Manor School, Ingfield Manor Drive, Five Oaks, West Sussex RH14 9AX


Opportunities to meet the team

Networking with professional staff

Tours of the school

Light refreshments will be available

For further details or to confirm your attendance please contact Jane Hart-Coombes on 01403 782294 or

Christmas Fayre 16th November Fri, 25 Oct 2019 15:30:07 +0000 Join us for our Christmas Fayre on Saturday 16th November 1-4pm

You can have your cake and eat it! Wed, 16 Oct 2019 14:04:02 +0000
The 6th Form students at Ingfield Manor recently organised, marketed and ran a coffee morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

Drawing on their entrepreneur skills, they thought through what they needed to do and devised a plan to do this.
Starting with marketing, they made posters and put them up around school, to publicise the event. They also compiled a letter to go home, asking for donations of cakes as well as requesting that the children and young people of Ingfield brought in money to buy cakes to either eat or take home.

Then came the fun bit – cake making. A range of cakes and cookies were mixed and baked, in readiness for the big day.
One the day, the 6th Form rooms were decorated, cups of tea made and cakes laid out invitingly.

In addition to making and selling cups of tea and plates of cakes, the students ran some fundraising activities.

In total, they made an AMAZING £323.39, which has been donated to Macmillan Cancer Support, to help support those with cancer.


Progress for Jack Fri, 12 Jul 2019 14:34:10 +0000 Jack has Four-Limb Dystonic Cerebral Palsy and Cerebral Visual Impairment (CVI) with related visual processing difficulties. He has a severe vision loss.

Jack has difficulty maintaining his head position without support.

Jack has never used his vision in any meaningful or functional way; his head was always down, making it impossible to visually access his environment or visual stimuli and specialists were unable to measure his sight loss or assess his visual needs – until very recently!

Jack has now been prescribed his first ever glasses and has begun using the ‘Head Active’. The Head Active is a dynamic head positioning system which enables the user to maintain an upright head position whilst strengthening their neck muscles. Jack wears this system for short periods throughout the school day. Jack has already shown promising progress with his ability to maintain his head position following use of the Head Active.

Jack has begun to use a colour tent*, a CVI intervention that aims to ‘awaken’ his visual awareness and visual processing upon which he can build visual behaviours that will give more meaning to the world around him. After just four colour tent sessions, Jack is displaying visual progress.

*The colour tent is part of a study by Suzanne Little (QTVI, Meldreth School) and is being shared with Mr Bowman at GOSH with the view of taking it forward for further research purposes. Claire Crowther (QTVI, Ingfield Manor School) is supporting the study with further evidence.


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‘This is the Best Day of my Life’ Tue, 09 Jul 2019 14:00:16 +0000 My son Sebastian (Sebby) attended ‘School for Parents’ back in January 2015. He had just turned one.

As we drove down the drive to the School I knew it was something special. We were welcomed by the most wonderful team of staff and after a couple of hours assessment and viewing a class of little people like Sebby, we exited the school with the most enormous joy and HOPE…I turned to my partner and said; ‘This is the Best Day of my Life’ and I meant it.

We were introduced to Conductive Education and from that day on, we’ve never looked back. Conductive Education is beyond words, one of the greatest gifts you could give a little person like Sebby.

The regular weekly sessions were an absolute Life Line. Being with other parents who’s children were similar to Sebby was such a help. It made me feel less overwhelmed and alone in terms of accepting and understanding what it meant to have a son with Cerebral Palsy.
The staff were superb and we absolutely loved our time with them. We laughed and learned…What more could you ask for?!

Rachel Sebastino was instrumental in our applying for a place at Ingfield Manor School and when we got to Sebby being of school age, we had a great EHCP in place (massively helped by Rachel).

We knew that nowhere else would be able to offer Sebby what Ingfield could and C.E had absolutely become a major factor in our lives. I fought and won the funding for Sebby to attend and tearfully called Rachel to say we could have Sebby start.

He now attends the ‘Little Bears’ class where he is thriving SO much. He delights in his school hours. I pick him up and drop him off and it fills my heart with joy to see him so happy.

Because of Ingfield Manor School Sebby’s posture has greatly improved, his head and trunk control are strengthening all the time, he’s vocalising loads and his confidence and learning are just growing and growing. It truly is incredible and we count our lucky stars that we have found such a magical, inspirational school. Thank you Ingfield!

Written by Ann

Ensemble Reza Project Thu, 20 Jun 2019 15:30:24 +0000 Ingfield Manor School’s recent collaborative project with Ensemble Reza was a huge success!

Ensemble Reza are a group of musicians who inspire young players and take music to local audiences. Since April, Ingfield students and staff have been working with Ensemble Reza musicians and a music technologist to compose music inspired by Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saën.

The project launched with a performance of the piece for students and staff at Ingfield by Ensemble Reza involving violins, cellos, a viola, a double bass, clarinet, flute, percussion and piano.

Students took part in a number of workshops in their team houses with students from across the age ranges. They worked together to produce an imaginary animal inspired by the Ensemble Reza performance and compose pieces of music, write poems and produce art work based around their animal. SameSky, the largest community arts charity in the South East ran art workshops for the students and there were weekly workshops with the Ensemble Reza musicians.

After much hard work and a lot of fun, the students gave two performances of their music against a stage set constructed with their pieces of art. Families, friends and funders attended the performances in which the students showcased their musical talents with a wide range of musical instruments and the use of assistive music technology.

The performance day was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Audience members were astounded at what the Ingfield students had achieved in a relatively short space of time.

Everyone at Ingfield is grateful to Ensemble Reza, Jason Rowlands music technologist and SameSky without whom this project would not have been possible. We also wish to thank those whose generosity provided funding for the project: The Friends of Ingfield, Ensemble Reza Friends, the Knighton Fund and the DeWinton Fund at Sussex Community Foundation, Christ’s Hospital school and Savills.

Written by Rachel Sebastino – Head of Early Years

Fun at the Fete Thu, 20 Jun 2019 12:52:14 +0000 Friends of Ingfield Fete – Sunday June 9th 2019

Once again, we were blessed with a sunny afternoon for the Ingfield Manor School Grand Summer Fete which has been held annually for over 40 years.

Students, staff, families and members of the public enjoyed a fun filled afternoon. We were delighted this year to have Francesca Martinez, comedian, writer and actress, open the fete. Her speech was enjoyed by all and it’s theme of celebrating differences was very well received.

The afternoon began with the fun dog show, kindly sponsored by More Than which featured a wide variety of breeds and sizes of dogs. Categories included ‘waggiest tail’, ‘most gorgeous girl’, ‘best junior handler’ and ‘dog who looks most like its owner’. The overall show champion, a ‘white fluffy dog’ was chosen from the winners of all nine categories!

Performances by The Rock Choir and Horsham Bluebelles Baton Twirlers entertained the crowds as did the ever popular 10¼”gauge steam railway, Ingfield Light Railway, which runs round the site and is specially open to the public on fete day.

Families enjoyed fun fair attractions, trampolines, face painting, stalls, sideshows including ‘Owls Out and About’ and fire engines, woodland walk, BBQ, ice-creams, teas and cakes.

As always we were well supported by volunteers from a variety of organisations including British Telecom, Royal Sun Alliance, Billingshurst Rotary, local Guides and Scouts troops and local secondary school students.

The fete is the main fund-raising event for The Friends of Ingfield who fund equipment and activities for the pupils of Ingfield Manor School which cannot be met from within the normal school budgets. This year’s fete raised over £6000.

Written by Rachel Sebastino – Head of Early Years

Read more about our fete in the West Sussex County News

Ingfield Minature Railway Dog Show

Grand Summer Fete 9th June Mon, 13 May 2019 08:48:31 +0000 The Friends of Ingfield

Grand Summer Fete and Fun Dog Show

Sunday 9th June 2019

Ingfield Manor School, Five Oaks, Billingshurst

Grand Opening at 2pm by Francesca Martinez, award-winning English comedian, writer and actress

“Fun in the sun for the whole family”

Miniature Steam Railway * Children’s Rides Face Painting * Model Railway* Arena Events & Sideshows * Beer Tent & Soft Drinks Tea & Coffee & Cakes * BBQ * Candy Floss * Ice Cream * Tombola * Grand Draw * Plant Stall and much, much more!

Grand Draw & Prizegiving at 5pm

Stall holders welcome for more information please call 01403 782294 and ask for Jane Hart-Coombes

OPEN MORNING THIS MONTH Wed, 01 May 2019 13:47:54 +0000 OPEN MORNING

THURSDAY 23 MAY 2019 – 10-12

At Ingfield Manor School, Ingfield Manor Drive, Five Oaks, West Sussex RH14 9AX

  • Opportunities to meet the team
  • Networking with professional staff
  • Tours of the school
  • Light refreshments will be available

Should you wish to attend please contact Lucy Vickery on 01403 782294 or