Curriculum and school day

Learn how we teach, more about ICT and AAC and see a typical school day

The curriculum

The Ingfield Manor curriculum is based on the theory and practice of Conductive Education (CE). It's designed to develop children’s independence, communication and mobility across all Key Stages.

The holistic curriculum ensures that motor learning is embedded throughout all areas and activities. The daily motor learning programmes ensure that skills learnt at that time can be applied throughout the whole learning day.

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Skills-based curriculum

We are continually developing a skills-based curriculum which encourages problem-solving and the ability to reason. We do this by generalising specifically-taught skills in different learning situations. This applies particularly to communication and understanding, as we provide many opportunities for students to practise their skills off-site, in real-life situations.

Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

We continuously assess pupils’ technology needs. This includes seating and accessing needs. Individual needs are monitored and modified as the child grows and learns.

Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC)

Communication plays a key part in being able to access the curriculum.

Pupils who use AAC follow a programme to develop ‘linguistic, operational, social, and strategic competencies’ and this is embedded within the whole curriculum. AAC skills are taught within group or individual communication sessions, and then practised and applied throughout the school day. 

We typically use Picture Communication Symbols (PCS) at Ingfield, incorporating these into communication books and software (with VOCAs and PCs).

We also use Ingfield Dynamic Vocabularies (IDV’s), which are a system of grids. These were devised and developed at Ingfield, and are now nationally recognised.

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The typical school day

The school day
Activity Time Description
Registration 8.45 School is open. Children can arrive, have a comfort break, change their clothes, have a drink.
Morning learning 9.00 – 12.00 Break 15 minutes varied timing depending on needs of the children
Lunch time 12.00 – 1.30
Afternoon learning 1.30 – 3.30 Break 15 minutes varied timing depending on needs of the children
Home time 3.30


Contact us

Ingfield Manor School

Ingfield Manor Drive
Five Oaks
West Sussex
RH14 9AX

01403 782 294

Ofsted Report

Latest Ofsted report

Ofsted, November 2013, rated the school 'Good'  with 'Outstanding' behaviour and safety,  and 'Outstanding' in all areas for care.

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