Our people


Emile Etheridge

Emile Etheridge is Head Teacher of Inaura School.  Emile started working at Inaura School as the Deputy Head in September 2016.  In March 2017, he was the successful candidate selected to succeed Chief Executive Dr Adam Adbelnoor as the Head Teacher starting the 2017-28 school year.

Originally from the United States, Emile is a dual British and US citizen who has over 20 years of experience educating students with a range of special educational needs.  His qualifications include Masters Degrees in Education Leadership and Policy as well as in Teaching Languages specialising in TESOL.  Emile is a qualified English teacher with a BEd in Teaching Secondary English, QTS and holds qualifications in working with the gifted and talented.

Emile’s education leadership experiences extend through the UK, USA and Japan as a High School Assistant Principal, Professor of English Language Studies, Advanced Academics Coordinator, Head of Year and Corporate English Language Trainer.

‘My philosophy is rooted in the belief that every individual can learn and continues to learn throughout their lives.  I believe that the purpose of education is to equip students with the skills to become actively engaged, independent citizens of the world.  Our role in the school is to facilitate the excitement of discovery learning processes of each individual student by providing authentic learning experiences, stimulating projects, differentiated instruction and compassion.  Our learner-centred approaches should empower students to process what they have learnt, make connections to other strands of real-life information and sustain meaningful and appropriate social connections with peers.’  EEtheridge

Deputy Headteacher


Lauren Smith joined Inaura School in October 2017 after her successful appointment to the role of Deputy Headteacher. Lauren qualified as a teacher in 1993 and has held a variety of roles across schools in Somerset and North Somerset, including leadership positions of Deputy Headteacher, Acting Headteacher and Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator. Although Lauren’s specialist teaching focus is Primary Education, particularly Key Stage 2 pupils, she has had considerable experience of working with pupils across the age range of 4 – 21 years.

Between 2009 and 2017 Lauren worked as an Advisory Teacher for the Vulnerable Learners’ Service within North Somerset Council. Within this role she specialised in working with students with social, emotional and mental health needs (SEMH), including those with complex behaviour needs. However, her caseload reflected the inter-relationship between learning needs and behaviours, with many of the students she supported also having a diagnosis of a Specific Learning Difficulty (e.g. Dyslexia or Dyscalculia) or developmental difficulties (e.g. Autism Spectrum Conditions, Dyspraxia and Prader Willi Syndrome). In 2012 Lauren was appointed to the Management Team of the Vulnerable Learners’ Service and held a variety of posts including, North and Central Area Cluster Lead and Joint Advisory Teacher Lead. In 2015 she was the successful applicant to the position of Behaviour and Training Lead for the Vulnerable Learners’ Service. Within these management positions, Lauren had a variety of responsibilities including: a school improvement role to support local Primary, Secondary and Special schools with developing their SEMH or SEND provision; management and development of the Vulnerable Learners’ Service annual training offer and the overall management and supervision of the team delivering casework to support pupils’ SEMH needs and behaviour difficulties. Lauren is an experienced trainer and has a particular interest in supporting staff development through CPD and supportive supervision.

 ‘I firmly believe that relationships are central to everything we do to support our students’ learning needs. Students who feel that their needs are understood, who feel well supported and empowered to have some choice in their learning and who understand that their own actions alongside the actions of others have an impact on other people, have a greater chance of success within their adult lives.’ Lauren Smith

Norman Tyson

Norman Tyson is School Development Manager, Inaura School - the Inclusion Charity.









Joy Miller
Joy Miller is Designated Safeguarding Lead for Inaura. She works with all those involved regarding child protection concerns and liaises with other agencies when appropriate.  She also acts as a source of support and advice to staff on matters of safety and safeguarding, using her expertise in all matters of child protection to provide help and access intervention where necessary.  Joy also ensures that all safeguarding policies and procedures are up to date and that staff are kept abreast of the latest training available. 





School staff

Full details of all Inaura School staff can be found on our School Team page.


Dr Adam Abdelnoor is one of Inaura's Founders and an Inaura School Governor. 

He is a chartered psychologist. His main main area of expertise is intellectual and psychological disability whether acquired or innate. 

Adam's specialist competencies comprise working with learning disabilities, special educational needs, restorative approaches, educational management, relational skills, children, families, and bereavement. He has been providing assessments of adults, adolescents and young people with learning and/or other specific disabilities for a variety of purposes including family and criminal court proceedings for more than ten years.

In 1997 – 2001 he led the Croydon Sexuality and Personal Development Joint Project for Croydon Social Services and Surrey NHS Trust to establish a sexuality and personal development team for adults with learning disabilities. He was a participant in the Home Office advisory group on sexual offending and capacity to consent.  Adam is a co-author in the Books Beyond Words series for people with learning disabilities published by the Royal College of Psychiatrists.


Adam has a degree in Social Psychology and a Doctoral degree (PhD) awarded in 1997 by London University (Department of Psychology) that looked at the effect of bereavement on academic achievement. During 1998-2001 Adam was a senior research fellow in the Department of Psychiatry of Disability at St. George’s Hospital Medical School, where he participated in the analysis of forensic psychiatric studies, and in particular the relationship between intellectual impairment and offending behaviour.