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:
Peak 11 Federation
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.
International School Award
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.
Heart of Derbyshire Scheme - Gold Member
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:
- vegetable, fruit and wholegrain
- allergens and smaller portions
For further information on our school meals, visit our School Meals page.
Partner of Goethe-Institut Network for Schools in the UK
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
Royal Society Partnership
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.
The Prince's Teaching Institute Mark
The Prince's Teaching Institute launched the Schools Programme in 2007 to recognise and reward school departments that develop inspirational ideas and activities, which enhance teaching. It is run as a membership group for school departments that choose to commit to increasing the challenge of their subject provision.
To become a member, the Science Department has demonstrated its commitment to increasing teachers' subject knowledge, and to furthering students' understanding of, and enthusiasm for, science regardless of their background or ability. To achieve the PTI Mark, the Science Department has demonstrated that it has increased the challenge within their subject; developed staff's own specialist subject knowledge; developed subject-based links outside school; and enthused students through subject-based activities beyond the curriculum.