Ripley Infant School

Growing and Learning Together

Attachment And Relationship Aware Schools

Since 2018 we have been working with Derbyshire Virtual School as part of their Attachment Aware Schools programme. This has involved us completing some action research around attachment needs and early trauma and we are now part of a network of schools who support and share our attachment aware practices.

Derbyshire’s ‘Attachment Aware Schools’ are a county wide network of schools and settings, committed to working in an attachment aware and trauma informed way, to ensure the best possible outcomes for vulnerable learners and indeed ALL learners. The award-winning Attachment Aware Schools programme was designed and is delivered by Derbyshire’s Virtual School. All the Attachment Aware Schools in Derbyshire’s network are committed to understanding children’s behaviour as a means of communication of need, and that relationships in education are the most powerful means to motivate, engage and inspire all of our young learners.

Our Headteacher, Mrs Doleman, is the currently leading the Derbyshire ARAS strategy group which is responsible for the further development of work in this area in partnership with Derbyshire Virtual School.


For further information regarding Attachment and Relationship Aware Schools please contact: Mrs Doleman or Mrs Skermer (school ARAS lead Practitioners)



To find out more about the Derbyshire Attachment Aware Schools programme click here

In 2019 we achieved the ARC Alex Timpson Award for our attachment aware work. To find out more click here