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Lady Manners School Leadership

We were delighted to welcome Mr Peat to school earlier this week.

Mr Peat visited us prior to taking on the role of Headteacher after Mr Meikle’s retirement at Easter. The day, which forms part of the handover process, was spent meeting with Mr Meikle and other staff to learn more about our school.

Mr Peat introduces himself in the following letter to parents:

I am delighted to have been appointed as the new Headteacher of Lady Manners School. I am both proud and excited to have been offered this prestigious role and eagerly anticipate my start date on Monday 29 April 2019.

First of all, I would like to thank Duncan Meikle for his outstanding headship over the last thirteen years at the school. Duncan was extremely supportive of all candidates during the interview process and certainly helped to present the school in a positive light. I am acutely aware that he will be a very hard act to follow!

I will arrive at Lady Manners School having been Headteacher of Woodbrook Vale School in Loughborough for over six years. I bring to my new role a range of experience having worked previously in widely contrasting schools in South Yorkshire, Leicestershire, East Yorkshire and Derbyshire.

During my interview (from which I am still recovering!) I was impressed with the staff and governors I met during the three-day process. It was immediately obvious how much they care about the school and how committed they are to ensuring each student fulfils his or her individual potential. I share their commitment to always put the best interests of students first and to deliver an exceptional quality of teaching and learning.

The students I met during the interview process were extremely welcoming and represented the school with distinction. All were polite, courteous and certainly willing to express their views, particularly on how a new headteacher should approach the role! Their advice has been duly noted.

I observed many aspects of good practice during my short visit in November and these excellent foundations will be maintained as we continue to respect the strong and valued traditions of the school. As a collective staff team, we will also use a collaborative, outward-looking approach to share new ideas and embrace the many opportunities presented by effective partnership working, both within the Peak District and beyond.

We will always have high expectations of our students as we develop confident, resilient and independent learners who enjoy their time at school. Through our personalised and inclusive curriculum, we will engage and motivate our students and develop a fascination for learning which will continue throughout adult life.

I passionately believe there are many different ways of learning and each child has unique interests and abilities. I consider talent to be multi-faceted and both academic and non-academic achievements will always be valued and celebrated.

Having worked as a Deputy Headteacher in Derbyshire in a previous life, I am aware of the outstanding reputation Lady Manners School holds across the county. I am enthused by the opportunity to work with staff, students, parents, governors and look forward to meeting many of you in the near future.

Gary Peat