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Improving Sports Facilities

Sport forms an important part of school life and Lady Manners School has an excellent sporting reputation. Throughout the school, sport helps to develop social skills and confidence in all students, whatever their ability. Rugby, netball, athletics, dance, football, hockey, table tennis, badminton and basketball are all a part of what we offer.

Many of our students also play sport outside school, with the many local clubs which thrive in and around Bakewell. Some of these clubs work with school to make use of our facilities in order to provide or extend the facilities they can offer their members. There is a need to develop our current sports facilities in order to continue to provide the best opportunities for our students and for the local community.

We have embarked on a project to develop our current sports facilities even further. We have already restored the school’s historic sports pavilion; work which was made possible by generous funding from the school’s Parents’ Association. We are now in the process of providing a flood-lit, all weather pitch suitable for hockey, football and a training surface for aspects of other sports, like rugby.

Sale of Land

The school’s plans have developed alongside the District Council local housing need survey which, in 2015, identified 119 households with a strong local connection to Bakewell in need of affordable housing. The District Council identified the school’s site following extensive site appraisal work undertaken with Bakewell Town Council and planning experts from the Peak District National Park Authority.

Waterloo Housing will build 30 new affordable homes for people with a strong local connection to Bakewell or an adjoining parish on part of the school’s land, most of which is currently not utilised. Affordable homes are advertised on the District Council’s lettings scheme Home-Options. Only those registered are able to express an interest. To register for housing or to find out more visit

The section of land being developed is where the old buildings - formerly home to 'Highfield School for Girls' until its inclusion with Lady Manners School in the early 1970s - are situated. These were taken out of use several years ago and are due to be demolished.

Work on the site is due to start on Monday 3 June 2019. Every care is being taken by the contractors to reduce the impact of the work on Shutts Lane.

The funds from the sale of this land have been 'ring-fenced', in an agreement with the Secretary of State, for improving the school’s sporting facilities.

The image below shows the position of changes.

Arial view of Lady Manners School

The New All Weather Pitch

Work to create the new pitch will start at the end of May 2019, and is due to be completed in time for the start of the Autumn Term. The pitch will be constructed of a synthetic sports flooring material. This will be a high quality product used in top level sports facilities such as the National Stadium at Lee Valley. Our project includes a tree planting programme to ensure that we retain our beautiful surroundings as well as enhancing our sporting facilities.

The addition of the all weather pitch to the sports facilities already available at Lady Manners School will benefit all of our students. The new pitch will also be available to let by sports clubs and the local community.

We are looking forward to opening the new all weather pitch in September 2019.