Lady Lumley’s – a High Performing School Following consistently high examination results, Lady Lumley’s was awarded the status of a High Performing Specialist School in 2008. This means the school is now a specialist school in sports, science and modern foreign languages. Since 2007, the A Level value-added of all 11-18 schools in North Yorkshire has been measured using a system called ALPS. Lady Lumley’s has shown continuous improvement each year and remains the top performing school for A Levels in the Ryedale Area. We are also one of only 14 secondary schools in North Yorkshire to become an enhanced mainstream school, building on the expertise of our staff to improve the teaching and learning of students in schools throughout the Ryedale area. The extra funding associated with specialist status has allowed the school to develop excellent facilities across the whole site. Every mainstream classroom has a networked computer, projector and interactive whiteboard. The sixth form facilities are extensive, the library is outstanding, we have a new classroom block for modern foreign languages and new buildings for drama, theatre studies and learning support. The sports facilities are impressive. We have a gymnasium, sports hall, fitness suite, extensive playing fields, a national standard climbing wall, kayaks, canoes and mountain bikes as well as tennis courts and an all-weather pitch, both flood-lit. Our specialism in sport allows the school to further develop sporting talent and provides excellent opportunities for students to take part in a wide range of sporting activities as participants, student leaders and young ambassadors. The science aspect of our specialisms has been enhanced by first-class facilities following a rolling refurbishment programme and by a dynamic mix of new and experienced staff. Our language specialism links in to our growing international dimension and allows an increasing number of exchanges, overseas visits and exposure to other cultures and lifestyles. Students at Lady Lumley’s already visit France, Germany, Malta and the Canary Islands; we have had other visits to schools in Morocco, Tanzania and Teacher visits to Taiyuan and Shenyang, in China.