Thank you for your interest in Lady Manners School. The unusual circumstances in which we find ourselves have made it necessary for us to rethink how we can best provide the information that you need to decide whether Lady Manners School is the school for you. We have put much thought into how we might provide a safe and effective alternative while we sadly cannot invite you to come and look around for yourselves.
The information on this page will remain available so that they can be viewed at your leisure.
Welcome to Lady Manners School
Being a Lady Manners Student
Our students are positive ambassadors for our school. They are 'confident and develop high aspirations' and 'are proud that they attend Lady Manners School' (Ofsted, March 2020).
Students work hard and achieve consistently strong exam results. They engage in the many extra-curricular activities we provide for personal development, giving our students the opportunities to grow as active, healthy and engaged citizens. Ofsted recognised our work in the area of personal development, awarding us a rating of 'outstanding' for this aspect of our school.
You can hear how some of our students feel about being a part of Lady Manners School in this video:
A Broad and Balanced Curriculum
We are proud of our curriculum and carefully consider the needs of our students, and our local rural community when developing the range of subjects that we offer. These videos enable you to meet some of our Curriculum Leaders.
Computer Science and ICT
Design, Technology and Food Technology
Modern Foreign Languages
Personal Development and RE
Please download our curriculum guides for more detail of our Key Stage 3 subjects, and of those we offer at Key Stages 4 and 5:
See More of Lady Manners School
If you want to see more of the school site, have a look at our Virtual School Tours page where you will find a selection of 360 degree tours of the school, and an external tour around the site, filmed using our drone.
Lady Manners School Quiz
Our usual quiz for primary school students is now online. Answer the questions to help you learn all about Lady Manners School. All of the answers are available if you search our website. Primary school students who enter the competition will win a prize!
Information about Lady Manners School
You may find the following information about Lady Manners School useful:
|Admissions Policy||Visit our 'Policies' page to download a copy of our Admissions Policy|
|Curriculum||Details of the curriculum studied for each subject, by school year|
|Clubs and Activities||Download a brochure showing the wide range of extra-curricular clubs and activities run at the school|
|Like our Facebook page for regular news about our students’ achievements and activities|
|Latest News||School news items from the past year|
|New to the School?||A page for parents of new Year 7 students, shedding light on the first day of school|
|Ofsted and School Performance Data||Links to the school's latest Ofsted report, and Department of Education performance data|
|PTFA||Information on how you can support the school through the Parent, Teacher and Friends Association|
|School Day||How the day is arranged at Lady Manners School|
|School Meals||Details of what our students can choose for lunch|
|School Transport||Information on school transport.|
|School Uniform||What is the uniform and where to buy it|
|Virtual School Tours||A range of virtual tours to enable you to see some of our facilities online|
Frequently Asked Questions
We answer many of the questions we are often asked, below:
What extra curricular provision is there at Lady Manners School?
There are over 80 extra curricular clubs from Art to Zoo Keepers Clubs. There are numerous sports clubs from dance to table tennis. We also run teams for many sports which compete with other schools, and in county and national competitions including football, netball, athletics, equestrian, hockey, table tennis, badminton, rugby, dance, cricket, rounders, basketball etc.
Science have various clubs including STEM Club and our Music Department have bands, orchestras and ensembles from beginner level to students who are performing at Grade 6 and above. In addition we run sports trips to locations such as Dubai and Canada, Ocean Sailing, Language trips to France and Germany and the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme to widen the experiences of our young people. We have an active house system and house competitions are a popular part of school life.
What is the transition process like?
We work closely with all primary schools to ensure we can know your child's strengths and personality well before they arrive. We visit every student transferring to us in the summer term in their own primary school. We invite the students to Lady Manners School in the summer term for taster days and on one of those days we encourage the students to take the bus and they also experience lunch!
My child has dyslexia, what support will they receive?
We are proud that Lady Manners School holds the Dyslexia Friendly Schools’ status from the British Dyslexia Association. All student worksheets are printed on cream paper to reduce glare and we also provide reading rulers and overlays for textbooks, ensure that PowerPoint presentations are in dyslexia friendly fonts and give extremely dyslexic students copies of lesson notes. In some cases, a laptop/voice activated software and reader pens are provided for assessments.
What support is there for children with learning difficulties?
We have an excellent Learning Support Department with a dedicated SENCo, Assistant SENCo and 7 Teaching Assistants (TAs). TAs provide some in class support for students with an Education, Health and Care Plan and various interventions for others on the Special Educational Needs Register.
We also run a literacy programme in Year 7 to help with phonics and comprehension for any student who may need a little extra help. A specialist TA in maths provides maths intervention for those students who may need this and we have a TA who specialises in supporting students with medical, physical impairment and with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
All teachers have taken part in training led by Autism Outreach. We run a successful ‘All About Me’ Club to support students who have ASD to form relationships with others.
All teachers are given regular training in scaffolding techniques and quality first teaching for all children especially for those with learning difficulties.
How do you support medical needs?
We have a dedicated medical room staffed by a medically qualified staff member. We also have several other qualified first aiders on site. In addition to this, we have a TA who is a qualified nurse who supports some students with specific medical needs.
What does a typical day at Lady Manners School look like?
All students attend a 15 minute form time at 9am. They then have five one hour lessons with a 15 minute break in the morning and a one hour lunch break. All students finish school at 3.35pm.
In Key Stage 3, all students study maths, English, science, geography, history, RE, a modern foreign language, personal development, ICT, music, drama, art (including textiles), design and technology, food technology and PE.
What A levels does the school offer?
We currently offer Post 16 courses in art, textiles, product design, French, German, maths, further maths, chemistry, biology, physics, RE, politics, economics, business studies, psychology, English language, English literature, music, drama, geography, history, health and social care, sport studies, ICT and computer science.
We hope that we have included the information you need to be able to make your decision about your choice of secondary school, and we very much hope that you will want to choose Lady Manners School. If, however, you still have questions please let us know either by submitting your question on this online form, or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We will add our answers to the FAQ section above. We will respond to more specific or individual queries by email.
Applications for places at Lady Manners School are administered by Derbyshire County Council. To apply for a place, you should visit:
The deadline for applications is 31 October 2020.
We look forward to welcoming our new Year 7 students to Lady Manners School in September 2021.