It's not just new students who have been welcomed to Lady Manners School this term. New heads of Maths, English and Languages are bringing with them a fresh perspective to the school.
Every school year, retirements and the enticement of new challenges lead to inevitable staff changes but it's rare for a school to have the opportunity to bring in three key Heads of Department together. Lady Manners School has embraced the opportunity by welcoming Mr Byrne (Director of Studies for Mathematics), Mrs Lansley (Director of Studies for English and Media Studies) and Mr Ince (Director of Studies for Modern Foreign Languages) to the school team.
The three senior teachers bring a wealth of experience and a host of new ideas to the school. Mr Meikle, Headteacher, is delighted to have them on board: "We have a strong team of curriculum leaders and, while it was difficult to say goodbye to old friends last year, our new staff bring a fresh impetus to the team. I am impressed to see our new staff are already making their mark."
Mr Byrne joins Lady Manners School from Finham Park School in Coventry where he was Assistant Head of Maths. He has a wealth of practical experience of teaching maths - across all ages and abilities including maths and further maths at A level – as well as embedding maths across the wider curriculum. He implemented the new GCSE in his previous school and will now be introducing the new A level to Lady Manners School. He is looking forward to sharing his love of maths.
The new Director of Studies for English, Mrs Lansley, joins the school from Anthony Gell School in Wirksworth. As well as being a highly experienced English and media studies teacher, Mrs Lansley has developed literacy initiatives in previous roles, which have helped students to become more confident communicators – a vital skill for all aspects of life.
Mr Ince joins the school as Director of Studies for Languages from Kirk Hallam Community Academy. Mr Ince’s career includes a period of teaching English at a German school as well as a significant time teaching within, and leading, languages departments. He is keen that Lady Manners School’s Languages Department plays a leading role in providing opportunities for the school’s students to develop, not only in their languages ability but also more widely across the school’s extensive range of extra-curricular activities.
Of course, several other staff have also joined the school this term. It is well documented that times are tough for education, but this has focused the school's leadership team on what's really important for the area's young people - high quality teaching delivered by inspirational and experienced teachers.