How we're run

Our staff, specialists, governors, volunteers and the school council


Principal  - Hazel Darby
Vice Principal - Becki Smale 
Head of Care - Nicola Dodds
PA to Principal and Clerk to Governors - Jane Hart-Coombes
Chair of Governors - Michelle Nice

Experts and specialists

The unique staffing structure at Ingfield reflects our child-centred approach to education. We have professionals with a range of expertise such as conductors, therapists and teachers, including a teacher for visually impaired and for hearing impaired children. Staff with different specialisms work in mixed teams to meet the needs of each individual child. Each staff team works with their class throughout the day and is led by a team leader.


We have an active Governing Body made up of community governors, local authority representatives, staff and parents and a representative of Scope's executive board. They are happy to answer any questions. Please contact the clerk to governors if you would like to talk to any governor.


Every year we have a group of community service volunteers from around the world who come to volunteer at Ingfield. This is a great opportunity not just for them but for our students and staff to be part of the global community.

Friends of Ingfield

The Friends are a small group of local people who support the school and school for parents. Their main fundraising activities are The Grand Summer Fete, the Christmas Dinner Dance and the monthly '100 Club' draw. To find out more or to support The Friends, contact the school.


All staff, governors and volunteers are subject to statutory checks and rigorous recruitment procedures prior to appointment.

School council

The School Council is a group of young people elected by their peers to represent pupils' views and raise issues with the senior leadership team, the governors and others.  

It empowers students to participate in the school community as active citizens, and to undertake initiatives and projects presented by senior staff or the governors.

Pupils make good progress because highly skilled staff give them outstanding care and teach a good curriculum, personalised to their complex needs. The staff, led by a very strong senior team, continually strive for excellence.