Boys runners star in partnership win

Lady Manners winning cross country team
Lady Manners winning cross country team

The Lady Manners School Partnership Primary boys’ team has triumphed in a competition involving primary schools from Derbyshire Dales and areas of the High Peak.

The competition was run by the schools in The Rural Derbyshire School Sport Partnership.

Primary schools in the catchment areas of Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School in Ashbourne, Anthony Gell School in Wirksworth, Highfields School in Matlock, Hope Valley College in Hope and Lady Manners School were all co-ordinated by their secondary schools to take part.

The first ten boys and girls out of hundreds of entries went on to represent their secondary school in the Partnership Finals, held in Ashbourne recently and the Lady Manners School cluster was represented by pupils selected from 12 partner primary schools, scooping first place for the boys and third place for the girls’ team events.

Jayne Roach, school sport co-ordinator at Lady Manners School, said: “I am particularly excited about the amount of primary school talent that will be starting with us at secondary school next year.

“I now know the children well from seeing them compete in a huge number of competitions, ranging from tag rugby to dance, and this will be an exceptional year of sporting talent and enthusiasm. It’s fantastic to have these strong links with our primary schools.

“We really get to know the staff and children well and when they arrive with us they already feel part of our sports department.”.

The partner primary schools involved were Bakewell Methodist Junior School, St. Anne’s CE Primary School in Baslow, Curbar Primary School, Great Hucklow Primary School, Great Longstone Primary School, Litton Primary School, Monyash Primary School, Pilsley Primary School, Rowsley Primary School, Stanton-in-Peak Primary School, Stoney Middleton Primary School, Bishop Pursglove Primary School in Tideswell and All Saints Primary School in Youlgrave.