Lady Manners School

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About Lady Manners School

Name Lady Manners School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mr Gary Peat
Address Shutts Lane, Bakewell, DE45 1JA
Phone Number 01629812671
Phase Secondary
Type Foundation school
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1386
Local Authority Derbyshire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils are proud that they attend Lady Manners School. They enjoy positive relationships with each other and staff.

They appreciate the support, guidance and care that they receive from their teachers. Pupils know that they have many people to turn to if they need help or advice. Pupils do not think that bullying is a problem in their school.

They said that they have faith in their teachers should any issues arise. Pupils feel safe in school.

Pupils enjoy school.

They have lots of opportunities to widen their learning outside of the school's curriculum. Staff support pupils to extend their interests or to pursue individual talents. Most, including th...ose with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), regularly attend and enjoy the many clubs and societies that are on offer.

From the 'All about me' club to Zumba, there is something on offer for everyone.

Pupils, and students in the sixth form, are confident and develop high aspirations. They appreciate the efforts of their teachers and the good quality of education that they receive.

They know that their teachers want them to do well. Pupils experience a broad curriculum. They receive effective careers education to make well-informed choices about their next steps.

The school behaviour policy works well. Staff have high expectations and pupils understand and follow the rules. They behave well in lessons and at social times.

Pupils and students in the sixth form are respectful of staff and of their peers. Exclusions are rare.

Pupils appreciate the enthusiasm with which leaders, including the new headteacher, are working to further improve their school.

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

Leaders know the school's strengths and weaknesses. They focus on the right priorities. Staff and senior leaders said that they feel re-energised under the new leadership.

There is a real 'buzz' among the staff. They focus closely on ensuring that all pupils receive a high quality of education.

There are lots of opportunities for pupils to widen their experiences and extend their cultural capital.

Pupils visit other countries and host visits from pupils from abroad as part of the international school award. They routinely play sport, get involved with music and the arts, debate, campaign and influence change. The environmental council works hard to improve the school environment.

For example, they have planted trees and work with leaders to reduce the amount of plastic in school.

Leaders have ensured that the curriculum is ambitious for all pupils, including students in the sixth form. The curriculum is constantly evolving in consideration of the needs of pupils and the local rural community.

For example, the number of vocational qualifications is set to increase.

Leaders have thought carefully about the knowledge they wish pupils to acquire. They have put on training for staff to ensure that they implement the curriculum effectively.

Most teachers are subject specialists. Those teachers who are not specialists receive high-quality training and support. Teachers ensure that pupils build on their knowledge and deepen their understanding.

Teachers help pupils to make connections between the subjects that they study. This helps pupils to know more and remember more over time.

Pupils, including those with SEND, achieve well in many of the subjects that they study.

In some lessons, teachers do not recognise all the steps that pupils need to move on. This means that some pupils' and students' learning gaps are not fully addressed.

Reading is a key priority.

Pupils who struggle with reading receive expert help from staff. Students in the sixth form are proud of the 'buddy reading' they do with younger pupils. Pupils improve their reading fluency and build positive relationships with their 'buddies'.

The library is well resourced and is well used. Pupils said that staff 'help make reading fun'.

The quality of education in the sixth form enables students to achieve at high levels.

Those who need to re-sit their English and mathematics GCSEs are well supported to do so. Staff support students to make decisions about their next steps in education, training or employment. Sixth-form students are good role models for other pupils.

There is a positive culture of respect between students and their teachers. Routines to make sure that students sign in and out of school are not consistently followed. Students' work experience is not as meaningful as it could be.

Pupils' attendance has improved but remains a priority for leaders. Some disadvantaged pupils do not attend as well as they could. Year 13 students do not attend as well as students in Year 12.

Leaders consider staff well-being and workload. Staff feel well supported. Many said that they are proud to work at the school.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Leaders have created a culture of vigilance. Staff receive high-quality training and they are keenly aware of the actions needed if a pupil has a concern and needs help.

The designated safeguarding leader is skilled and has a strong team. The family and student support workers liaise with external agencies, families and feeder primary schools to address concerns quickly.

Ensuring pupils' positive mental health and well-being is a key priority for staff.

The school is a centre of excellence for the National Health Service project 'Changing lives'. Mental health specialists are based on the school site and work with pupils.

The curriculum teaches pupils to keep themselves safe in different situations, for example when online and being aware of the issues of county lines.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

Some pupils, and students in the sixth form, find aspects of the curriculum a difficult challenge. Their starting points are not always well understood or their gaps in learning accurately addressed. Leaders must make sure that the curriculum meets the needs of all pupils and sixth-form students.

. Some of the systems implemented in the sixth form are not sufficiently tight. Some students fail to sign out when they should.

Some do not go on meaningful work experience. Year 13 attendance is not as strong as that in Year 12. Leaders must make sure that these aspects of the sixth form are more effectively managed.

. Leaders' actions have improved pupils' attendance, but some pupils still do not attend as well as they could. Leaders must ensure that pupils' attendance further improves.

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