Lady Manners School has a long and successful tradition of involvement in the wider community. Evidence of this can be seen in the awards we receive and affiliations we make in order to provide a broad range of opportunities for our students. Details of some of these can be found by clicking the links below:

We are one of Derbyshire’s Attachment Aware Schools (AAS).

Attachment Disorder includes a wide range of emotional and behavioural problems that can develop in children who struggle to form the bonds usually expected with their parents or primary caregivers. Attachment Disorder can stem from experience of neglect, abuse or separation from adult carers at a very early age.

Our membership of the East Midlands Chamber of Commerce enhances our provision of career learning, and gives our students opportunities to develop their employability skills. Our Chamber Schools membership enables links with businesses and potential work experience placements as well as giving us the opportunity to work with other Chamber schools.

We have pledged to make healthier food choices available for our students, as is shown by our gold membership of the Heart of Derbyshire scheme. As part of this commitment we pay particular attention to the following categories when creating our school meal menus:

  • fat
  • salt
  • sugar
  • vegetable, fruit and wholegrain
  • allergens and smaller portions

For further information on our school meals, visit our School Meals page.

We hold the British Council’s prestigious International School Award 2018-21. The award is given to schools that have shown an outstanding commitment to the international dimension in their schemes of work and extra-curricular activities. This is the fourth time that Lady Manners School has been recognised in this way by the British Council, having previously received this award in 2009-2012, 2012-2015 and 2015-2018.

The school’s work to bring students an understanding of international issues spans all subjects and year groups. Amongst many others, projects have included a study by Year 7 students of the nutritional components of the food that they eat. This was replicated by Njiro Secondary School in Tanzania, establishing a link between the two schools which enabled both sets of students to gain an understanding of the everyday life of a child in a different culture.

There were other projects that worked across the school’s curriculum to highlight an international issue, such as the Rohingya Crisis. Year 9 students studied the acclaimed book ‘The Bone Sparrow’ in English lessons. This deeply moving story about a refugee boy who had spent his entire life in a detention centre provided a theme that was continued in RE lessons as well as in special assemblies.

The Goethe-Institut is the Federal Republic of Germany’s cultural institute, which is active worldwide. They promote the study of German abroad and encourage international cultural exchange.

Lady Manners School is a partner of the Goethe-Institut Network for Schools in the UK, which means that we:

  • have a firm commitment to the teaching and learning of German
  • act as a centre of training in co-operation with our partner primary schools
  • involve the Goethe-Institut with training of teachers of German
  • are prepared to be active in the “Smart Choice: German” network and we exchange examples of best practice with other schools and Goethe-Institut networks

We are proud to be a member of the Peak 11 Federation, which brings together the eleven secondary schools in the High Peak and Derbyshire Dales with the aim of improving education for the young people of the area.

We have successfully applied for a partnership grant from the Royal Society, which we are using to further our project: ‘An Investigation into Solar Physics in Different Wavelengths of Light’.

The project has involved over 250 students from Years 7, 8, 12 and 13 observing and imaging the details on the sun that are normally hidden from view.

During the course of the project students have been able to visit the Royal Society in London, where they presented their findings to eminent guests including Fellows of the Royal Society and Patrick McLoughlin, the Secretary of State for Transport and MP for the Derbyshire Dales.

Extension funding has also been secured from the Royal Society, which will enable future Year 7 students to experience this branch of science. It is also making it possible for us to share this project with other schools.

As a disability confident employer, we make the most of the talents which disabled people bring to our workplace. We:

  • challenge negative attitudes towards disability
  • increase understanding of disability
  • remove barriers to disabled people and those with long-term health conditions
  • ensure that disabled people have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations