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About Our Schools

Clair Foden - Headteacher at Lady Lumley's explains what makes the school special 

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Lady Lumley’s is an 11-18, mixed comprehensive, community school serving the town of Pickering, surrounding villages and warmly welcomes students from Scarborough to Rosedale. We strive to ‘Be our best’, working to improve the experience for all students, staff, and the community

Our broad and balanced curriculum is ambitious for all, and we place great value in academic qualifications alongside the arts and practical subjects. Set in an idyllic location, we make the most of fantastic sporting facilities and run an immensely popular Duke of Edinburgh experience alongside over 30 Enrichment clubs. Our students and staff are loyal to Lady Lumley’s and are committed to improving our learning journey, whilst celebrating success.

Lady Lumley’s benefits from the knowledge and experience of Coast and Vale Trust. We retain our unique school identity with shared ambitious vision. Through leadership development, collaboration and investment Lady Lumley’s is enabled to maintain its identity whilst belonging to a larger family of schools.


Why Work for Us

Welcome from the Headteacher

Dear Applicant  ClairFoden

Thank you for taking an interest in joining our staff at Lady Lumley’s. I hope reading about our school gives you a sense of a driven community school, ambitious to do all we can to see staff and students thrive.

Lady Lumley’s school has a proud tradition and heritage of providing quality education. A trailblazer in the pursuit of education for all – welcoming the children of farming families and girls long before this was a requirement. Building on those foundations, Lady Lumley’s is a truly comprehensive school of 900 students drawing from the town of Pickering, surrounding villages and rurality as well as from Scarborough and all points in between.

‘Being our best’ signals Lady Lumley’s commitment to school improvement. We are ambitious for all our students and staff and strive to improve teaching and learning through constant evaluation and positivity. Our curriculum offer is broad and balanced, giving students a clear progression route through the school that builds the fundamental knowledge and understanding to allow them to specialise for Key Stage 4 then again at Key Stage 5. Lady Lumley’s curriculum gives all students the best chance of being successful at GCSE, A Level and Vocational Provision, ensuring our above national average outcomes open doors for life chances. 

Our staff are integrated into thorough well-constructed CPD that looks to build strength in the classroom as well as modelling the pursuit of improvement. Ensuring all our strategic planning is built of evidential educational research is fundamental to ensuring we are investing staff time where it will reap rewards. A love of learning is a necessary mindset to thrive at Lady Lumley’s. 

Lady Lumley’s is equally ambitious for our students to experience an enriched learning journey with a diverse offer of experiences. From trips abroad to Bordeaux, Saint Émillion and Dune de Pyla in France and Weiz in Austria our students also visit Belgium and France in Year 10 for the GCSE Battlefields Experience and Krakow and Auschwitz in Year 11, 12 and 13 for Religious Education. There are numerous theatre and music trips and visits taking in everything from Opera to Pantomime. The excellent sporting facilities are always fully booked with traditional team sports running alongside rock climbing and table tennis. Our Duke of Edinburgh scheme is ever popular and Lady Lumley’s students show leadership in this testing qualification right through to the Gold Award. With regular orienteering, canoeing and mountain biking our students also contribute hundreds of hours to volunteering and raise thousands of pounds for charity. Nurturing the growth of students through Enriching their experience enables Lady Lumley’s to prepare students to thrive locally or to move on to different cultures and experiences. 

We value our pastoral staff and system as the cement that holds the school together. There are very high expectations of students conduct and a transparent and fair policy for rewards and consequences. All our students are supported through school with dedicated tutors and a Pastoral Officer with additional expertise available from the Pastoral Team and SLT. There are weekly ‘Life’ lessons to educate students with powerful knowledge to enable them to keep themselves safe and to have well placed confidence outside of school. Our staff and students deserve to feel safe and valued throughout their time at Lady Lumley’s. 

Lady Lumley’s benefits from the knowledge and experience of Coast and Vale Trust as we are a unique school with a shared Trust vision. Through leadership development, collaboration and investment Lady Lumley’s is enabled to maintain its identity whilst belonging to a larger family of schools. 

If you have read this and are committed to joining a school that is driven by ambition to be better, values a comprehensive community school and thrives on being part of a team, then we look forward to meeting you. 

Yours sincerely 

Clair Foden - Headteacher

More Information About Lady Lumley's School

Find out More about Lady Lumley's Sixth Form

ACA Photo for websiteWe are exceptionally proud of the sixth form and the role it plays in the school community; shaping students' lives and preparing them to be effective members of the local, regional, national and global community of the 21st century. The ethos of “being our best” that permeates through school is really encapsulated at Key Stage 5, with learning, personal development, progression and wellbeing the sixth form diet that students thrive upon.

Alex Carter - Head of Sixth Form


For more information, visit the Sixth Form website

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About Coast and Vale Learning Trust

The Coast and Vale Learning Trust in Scarborough aims to improve education in the locality through establishing coherent and collaborative practice across schools and other educational institutions in the area.

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