St Mary's Menston Catholic Voluntary Academy

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
St. Mary's Menston
St Marys Menston Organisation logo.svg
Motto Sub tuo praesidio (Latin for Under your protection)
Established 1964
Type Academy
Religion Catholic
Headteacher Mr D Beardsley[1]
Chair of Academy Council Mr R Lavery[2]
Location Bradford Road
West Yorkshire
LS29 6AE
53°53′02″N 1°43′39″W / 53.883847°N 1.727436°W / 53.883847; -1.727436Coordinates: 53°53′02″N 1°43′39″W / 53.883847°N 1.727436°W / 53.883847; -1.727436
DfE number 383/4601
DfE URN 139351 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Staff 150
Students 1240[3]
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–18
Colours      Purple      Yellow      Grey
Straplines Working towards a World Class Catholic Education

Leadership through Service

Values, Care, Achievement
School Flower White Rose[4][5]

St. Mary's Menston (formerly St. Mary's Catholic High School) on Bradford Road (A65) in Menston, West Yorkshire, England, is a Catholic Voluntary Academy for young people of secondary school age.[7] It serves the Leeds Diocese parish churches of Ss Peter & Paul Yeadon, St. Joseph's Pudsey, English Martyrs Addingham, Our Lady & All Saints Otley, Ss John Fisher & Thomas More Burley-in-Wharfedale, Our Lady of Kirkstall Horsforth and Sacred Heart of Jesus Ilkley. The school was founded in 1964 and celebrated its 50th Anniversary during the academic year 2014–15.[8]

The most recent Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills (Ofsted) inspection in 2014 graded St. Mary's as Grade 1 (Outstanding).[3] League tables published by the Department for Education based on 2014 GCSE results rank St. Mary's as the highest achieving state school in Leeds.[9] In 2014, an Inspection under the Section 48 framework for Catholic Life and Religious Education judged the school outstanding in all areas.[10]

The school's headteacher, Darren Beardsley began his post on 1 September 2014, taking over from acting headteachers Thomas Rothwell and Catherine Garrett.[11] 1,200 pupils attend school in three main teaching blocks: Morse, Clitherow and Hume.

St. Mary's became an Academy on 1 March 2013 as part of The Bishop Wheeler Catholic Academy Trust.[12][13]


St Mary's is a comprehensive school.[14] The school is oversubscribed.[15] Pupils come from the Leeds, Bradford and North Yorkshire areas, although most come from the Roman Catholic communities of towns to the north-west of Leeds.[16] The school serves a socially mixed area.[16] Although Menston is in the City of Bradford metropolitan district the school is in the Guiseley and Rawdon ward of the City of Leeds metropolitan district.


Early years: 1964–1972[edit]

Programme cover from the official opening of St. Mary's Menston – 3 July 1965

Canon Charles J Murray,[17] Governor, negotiated with the West Riding County Council and Department of Education and Science for forward planning of the school and had by 1960 secured a site.[18] In October 1960 it was announced that a school would be built in the 1962-63 building programme, and the governors invited Weightman & Bullen, to prepare plans for a three-form entry secondary school. At that time no more than 75 boys and girls per year were expected so the plans were for a building for 360 pupils in the initial contract, with provision for extension to 450. West Riding County Council acquired 13 acres (53,000 m2) of land from the Regional Hospital Board and work started on the site in July 1962.

The original buildings, to which pupils were admitted in November 1964, were officially blessed and opened by George Dwyer, Roman Catholic Bishop of Leeds on 3 July 1965. The first chairman of governors, who presided was E. Malone. St. Mary's opening led to a reorganisation of Catholic schools in the area, as they became primary schools.[19] The school colours of purple, yellow and grey have remained unchanged since the opening.

Subjects available in 1965 included:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • History
  • Geography
  • French
  • Art and Craft
  • Woodwork
  • Metalwork
  • Technical Drawing
  • Housecraft
  • Needlework
  • Physical Education[20]

The Morse building (named after Saint Henry Morse) can be seen as the school is approached from the main road. The three units comprised the hall, small hall, Chapel, and gymnasium, a three storey academic and administrative block and practical areas. The total cost was £180,000 [19] of which the Local Authority contributed £39,000. The Chapel, financed without grant aid, cost a further £9,000.

Throughout the 1960s the Diocesan Schools Commission and the West Riding County Council recognised that the only sound future for the school would be as part of a comprehensive system, and to provide a sufficient range of facilities it would have to grow.

Expansion: 1973–1979[edit]

St. Mary's is well placed for transport and the catchment area was enlarged. The school became five-form entry with an age range of 11 to 18 years, and the first all-ability intake started in 1973.[18]

This required further buildings and a contract was signed in January 1972 for a further 674 sq. m. two-storey block which was completed for the increased intake. This cost £60,000 of which the LEA contributed £6,000. Further plans were made to accommodate the annual build·up of pupils. An increase in specialist teaching rooms was required, and as the original building had only one or two for each subject it was impossible to create integrated departments without remodelling many older rooms for a changed use. This created problems for the builders and the school, as teaching had to continue throughout the construction.[18]

In October 1973 work on a new contract costing £442,000 began and continued until October 1975. The LEA's contribution was £132,000. It included extensions to the library, staff and administrative rooms, added a further 1,905 sq. m. and accommodated more than 350 extra pupils. The 1962 site was now too small and more land was acquired. The playing fields covered 16 acres (65,000 m2) in addition to land occupied by buildings and paved areas.[18]

Construction on the sixth form centre, the Clitherow Building (named after Saint Margaret Clitherow) started in May 1978 and provided another 676 sq. m. at a cost of £117,000. It provided classrooms, seminar rooms, a common room and two laboratories. The school was fully comprehensive from September 1979, with a five/six form entry, varying from 150 to 180 per year and 950 pupils on roll. There were 50 members of staff. 14 subjects were offered to the sixth form. The Clitherow Building was blessed by William Wheeler, Bishop of Leeds, in November 1979.[18]

Hume Building: 1980–2001[edit]

The school celebrated its silver anniversary (25 years) in 1989 with a special Mass. In June 1993, the choir of St. Mary's appeared in Black Daisies for the Bride, a BBC 2 television film written by Tony Harrison for National Alzeheimer's Week, filmed in High Royds Hospital, Menston.[21][22] St. Mary's became a Sports College specialist school in 2000. As a specialist sports college, St. Mary's has a team of coaches who give their services to 54 other schools in a sports partnership with St. Mary's.[23][24]

The opening of the Hume building (named after Basil Hume) by David Konstant, Bishop of Leeds, took place in February 2001.[25] Jack Lunn Construction constructed a three storey, steel-framed extension that allowed St. Mary's to take 1,100 pupils.[26] The project took 14 months to complete and cost £1.7 million.[27] The building has a traditional brick-and-block facade, concrete floors and a flat roof.[28] The artist Kate McCrickard, a former pupil, was commissioned to paint pieces for the new chapel. Following the fifteen Stations of the Cross paintings from side to side, the surrounding colours change from vivid red to black and back to red, and gold for the Resurrection.[citation needed]

Stations of the Cross Painting in the Chapel of St. Mary's Menston, 2000


The visitor entrance to the school, 2011. Note the stained glass window in the Chapel
Aerial photograph, 2003, showing the entire school site.

In 2003 the school was awarded £792,000 to extend its inter-school sports partnership.[29] St. Mary's achieved Artsmark Silver in 2004. The school marked its 40th anniversary in October 2004 with a whole school photograph of pupils and staff. February 2005 saw a week-long visit by 8 Chinese students and two staff from ShiXi High School in Shanghai.[30] In 2006 a stained glass artwork of a dove was created in the Chapel. New entrances for both visitors and pupils opened in September 2008. In 2009 St. Mary's received the International School Award presented by BBC newsreader George Alagiah.[citation needed]

March 2011 saw the opening of a floodlit artificial turf football pitch. It was opened by Sir Trevor Brooking, the Football Association's director of football development. The pitch was part of a £750,000 investment in sport at the school which will also saw all remaining grass pitches drained. The project was part funded by a £325,000 grant from the Football Foundation.[31]

In May 2011, a team from St. Mary's were the overall winners of the Geographical Association 2011 Blancathra Worldwise Challenge trophy.[32] The school received the ICT Mark in June 2011[33] and was awarded Youth Sport Trust Gold Partner status in March 2012.[34][35]

Academy: 2012–present[edit]

In March 2012, plans were announced for Catholic schools across the Leeds Diocese to investigate teaming up to form trust academies that would no longer be under local authority control.[36] The Governing Bodies of St. Mary's and four other schools considered a proposal of converting to Academy status in 2013 and forming together a Multi-Academy Trust.[37] A consultation period occurred between September and October 2012.[38] The academy conversion took place on 1 March 2013.[13][39][40] St. Mary's is part of The Bishop Wheeler Catholic Academy Trust. Thomas Rothwell[41] and Catherine Garrett[11] took over from Mr R Pritchard as acting headteachers in April 2013. The Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills (Ofsted) inspection in November 2014 graded St. Mary's as Grade 1 (Outstanding).[3]

School site[edit]

Aerial photograph, 2012, showing the artificial turf pitch that was built in 2011

The school site comprises 17 acres (69,000 m2) in a semi rural location on the periphery of the village of Menston. The site is bordered by moorland,[20] streams and pasture. The former High Royds Hospital (now a housing development) is opposite the school.


The pupils work with over 85 teachers supported by learning assistants, administrative, technical and maintenance staff and a school chaplain. There is a two-week timetable.

As prescribed by the National Curriculum, St. Mary's students follow two Key Stages up to the age of 16. St. Mary's pupils start Key Stage 4 in Year Nine and generally take ten General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) tests in Year Eleven (aged 15–16). They have a choice of A-levels in the optional sixth form. The majority of pupils go on to higher education following the completion of their A-levels at the end of Year Thirteen (aged 17–18).[citation needed]

The seven form groups in each year are named after the Catholic martyrs of the English Reformation.

Form Named after
Clitherow Margaret Clitherow
Dickenson Blessed Francis Dickenson[42][43]
Fisher John Fisher
Gwyn Richard Gwyn
More Thomas More
Postgate Nicholas Postgate
Wharton Christopher Wharton[44]

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Performing arts[edit]

There is a school production each Spring and a performing arts festival each May. In July 2011, St. Mary's won 12 awards at the Wharfedale Theatre Festival for its production of A Midsummer Night's Dream.[45]

Year School production
2002 Return to the Forbidden Planet
2003 A Christmas Carol[46]
2005 Oliver!
2006 The Comedy of Errors[47]
2007 A Man for all Seasons[48][49]
2008 Les Misérables[50]
2010 Jesus Christ Superstar[51]
2011 A Midsummer Night's Dream[45]
2012 The Sound of Music
2012 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Key Stage 3 production)
2013 Miss Saigon
2013 3 Short Plays including Hansel and Gretel and Little Red (Key Stage 3 production)[52]
2014 Macbeth[53]
2014 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Key Stage 3 production)
2015 We Will Rock You[54]
2015 Flour Babies
2016 The Crucible
2017 Fame[55]

Academic performance[edit]

In 2016, St. Mary's achieved the highest Attainment 8 score among all state-funded schools in Leeds. [56] In 2010,[57] 2011,[58] 2012,[59] 2013 [60] and 2014 [61] the school achieved the highest GCSE results amongst state schools in Leeds. In 2011 the A-level results were in the top 200 nationally[62] and St. Mary's was ranked 20th in The Independent's Top 100 Comprehensive Schools (in England) at A-level.[63] In 2009 the school received the highest A-level results in the Leeds LEA, the second highest in West Yorkshire and was ranked 19th highest amongst comprehensive schools in England, based on A-level results.[64]

International links[edit]

St. Mary's International Links mosaic, 2009. The sun's rays represent the various international links St. Mary's enjoys.

St. Mary's has links with schools worldwide. The most notable of these is the Bambisanani Partnership, which refers to the partnership between St. Mary's and Mnyakanya High School in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa (Bambisanani being the Zulu word for "working hand in hand").[65][66] The Bambisanani Partnership has a key focus of using sport as a catalyst to promote education, leadership, health and global understanding.[67]

The 25th anniversary of the link between St. Mary's and Franziskus-Gymnasium in Germany, was marked in 2011, with 1,420 students having taken part over the years.[68] St. Mary's works with Sefwi Wiawso Senior High in Western Ghana as part of the six school Connecting Classrooms project

Schools St. Mary's currently work with include:

Country Details
 France Lycée Murat – Issoire[69]
 Germany Franziskus Gymnasium – Vossenack[68][70][71]
 Ghana Sefwi Wiawso Senior High – Western Ghana
 South Africa Mnyakanya High School – Kwa Zulu Natal[72]

Notable former pupils[edit]

Matthew Lewis, Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter film series, at the New York premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
Three of the band The Kaiser Chiefs; Nick Hodgson, Nick Baines and Simon Rix met in the same class, aged 11
Verity Rushworth, Television and musical theatre actress
Christian Cooke, Hollywood actor
Name Field Notable Citation(s)
Lewis, MatthewMatthew Lewis Acting Neville Longbottom Harry Potter film series [73][74]
Rix, SimonSimon Rix Music Bass player for the Kaiser Chiefs [75]
Baines, NickNick Baines Music Keyboardist for the Kaiser Chiefs [76][77]
Hodgson, NickNick Hodgson Music Drummer for the Kaiser Chiefs [78]
Cooke, ChristianChristian Cooke Acting Hollywood Actor [79][80]
Taiwo, TomTom Taiwo Sport Hibernian F.C. / England U17 footballer [81][82]
Sayers, JoeJoe Sayers Sport Yorkshire / England Lions cricketer [83][84]
Murphy, StuartStuart Murphy Television Sky Director of Entertainment Channels / first Controller of BBC Three [85][86]
Sinnott, JordanJordan Sinnott Sport Huddersfield Town footballer [87][88][89]
North, DominicDominic North Dance Ballet dancer, StreetDance 3D [90][91][92]
White, AidanAidan White Sport Leeds United / Republic of Ireland U21 footballer [93]
Dunwell, JosephJoseph Dunwell Music Lead vocals and guitar for The Dunwells (band) [94][95]
Dunwell, DaveDave Dunwell Music Vocals, guitar and keyboard for The Dunwells (band) [94][95]
Clayton, RobRob Clayton Music Bass guitar for The Dunwells (band) [94][95]
Canavan, NiallNiall Canavan Sport Scunthorpe United / Republic of Ireland U21 footballer [96][97]
Linley, TimTim Linley Sport Surrey cricketer [98]
McCrickard, KateKate McCrickard Art Artist and author [99][100][101]
Wigley, DavidDavid Wigley Sport Northamptonshire cricketer [102]
Conlon, SeanSean Conlon Music Member of boyband 5ive [103]
Rushworth, VerityVerity Rushworth Acting Donna Windsor Emmerdale [104][105]
Smith, ChristopherChristopher Smith Acting Robert Sugden Emmerdale, Hollywood director [106][107]
Hearne, MarkMark Hearne Acting Browny Adam's Family Tree [106]
Lewis, AnthonyAnthony Lewis Acting Tommy Brockless Torchwood [106][108][109]
McNulty, ThomasThomas McNulty Television Finalist in The Speaker BBC2 [110][111]
Hendrie, LukeLuke Hendrie Sport Manchester United / England U17 footballer [112][113][114]
McPhee, JordanJordan McPhee Music Member of boyband Billiam [115][116]
Hendrie, JordanJordan Hendrie Sport Scotland U16 footballer


Keinhorst, JamesJames Keinhorst Sport Leeds Rhinos / Germany national Rugby League team [118][119]
Keinhorst, NickNick Keinhorst Sport Germany national Rugby League team [119][120]
Keinhorst, MarkusMarkus Keinhorst Sport Germany national Rugby League team [120]
Keinhorst, KristianKristian Keinhorst Sport Germany national Rugby League team [120]
Heaton, NiallNiall Heaton Sport Liverpool F.C. Academy / England U16 footballer [121][122][123]
Power, LauraLaura Power Acting Actress and TV writer [124]
Malone, SadeSade Malone Acting Agness 4 O'Clock Club CBBC [125]
Tom Holland Sport Manchester City / Republic of Ireland U17 footballer [126][127]
Murphy, BenjaminBenjamin Murphy Art Visual Artist [128][129][130][131]
Milner, JoanneJoanne Milner Business Chief Executive of Debrett's [132]
Mulkerrin, Nadine RoseNadine Rose Mulkerrin Acting Cleo McQueen, Hollyoaks [133]
Hudson, LukeLuke Hudson Acting Luke Craig, Five Days [134]
George Kent Acting Young Slean, Beowulf [135]

Notable staff[edit]


St. Mary's has had five (permanent) headteachers in its 50-year history.

  • John Dalton (1964–1987)[19][20]
  • Tony Duffin (1987–1997)
  • Michael Pyle (1997–2009)[142]
  • Catherine McMahon (Acting Headteacher) (2010–2011)[23]
  • Robert Pritchard (2011–April 2013)[143][144][145]
  • Thomas Rothwell and Catherine Garrett (Acting Headteachers) (April 2013–August 2014)[11]
  • Darren Beardsley (September 2014–)[146]


  1. ^ "Headteacher's Welcome". 30 August 2014. Retrieved 30 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "Year 8 Awards Evening at St. Mary's Menston". Diocese of Leeds. 2 July 2009. Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "Ofsted: St. Mary's Menston School Inspection Report 2014" (PDF). Ofsted. Retrieved 24 December 2014. 
  4. ^ "St. Mary's Menston Our School Flower". 2 May 2014. Retrieved 2 May 2014. 
  5. ^ "Our School Flower". The Bishop Wheeler Catholic Academy Trust. Retrieved 2 May 2014. 
  6. ^ "St. Mary's Horsforth Teaching School:Our Partners". 20 September 2014. Retrieved 20 September 2014. 
  7. ^ "Ofsted Data Dashboard". Ofsted. Retrieved 12 April 2014. 
  8. ^ "St. Mary's Menston 50th Anniversary Celebrations 2014-15". St. Mary's Menston, a Catholic Voluntary Academy. Retrieved 16 June 2014. 
  9. ^ "School and college performance tables". Department for Education. 1 March 2015. Retrieved 2 April 2015. 
  10. ^ "Section 48 Inspection Report 2014: St. Mary's Menston" (PDF). Diocese of Leeds. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  11. ^ a b c "Councillors back Menston school's transport fight". Wharfedale Observer. 3 May 2013. Retrieved 4 May 2013. 
  12. ^ The Bishop Wheeler Catholic Academy Trust
  13. ^ a b McIntyre, Annette (11 March 2013). "Wharfedale Catholic schools unite in Academy Trust". Wharfedale Observer. Retrieved 16 March 2012. 
  14. ^ Edubase – St. Mary's Catholic Comprehensive School, Menston
  15. ^ Edgar, James (22 March 2007). "Menston's new homes will build extra pressure on schools". Ilkley Gazette. Retrieved 27 April 2012. 
  16. ^ a b "Ofsted: St. Mary's Menston School Inspection Report 2008" (PDF). Ofsted. Retrieved 30 March 2012. 
  17. ^ St Augustine's Roman Catholic Church, Harehills Leeds – St. Augustine of Canterbury Church, Leeds Centenary Book.1905–2005 – The Parish Clergy
  18. ^ a b c d e "Blessing and Official Opening of Clitherow Building November 1979" (PDF). St. Mary's Catholic High School, Menston. Retrieved 15 December 2012. 
  19. ^ a b c "Bishop Backs Catholic Schools". Catholic Herald. 9 July 1965. Retrieved 11 December 2012. 
  20. ^ a b c "The Official Opening of St. Mary's Catholic Secondary School Menston, July 1965" (PDF). St. Mary's Catholic High School, Menston. Retrieved 17 March 2012. 
  21. ^ About Maria – Black Daisies for the Bride
  22. ^ Writer: Tony Harrison Director: Peter Symes (30 June 1996). "Black Daisies". Black Daisies for the Bride. BBC. BBC Two. 
  23. ^ a b Patton, Graeme (16 September 2010). "St Mary's Menston: Lessons for 2010... in a 1964 building". Yorkshire Evening Post. Retrieved 28 January 2012. 
  24. ^ "St Mary's grasping the sporting nettle". Wharfedale Observer. 23 March 2006. Retrieved 12 February 2012. 
  25. ^ "Bishop unveils school's new building and looks ahead to new sports court". Wharfedale Observer. 8 February 2001. Retrieved 3 February 2012. 
  26. ^ "St Mary's Catholic School: Extension to double the size of the school". Jack Lunn Construction. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  27. ^ "St Mary's Catholic School: Extension to double the size of the school". Jack Lunn Construction. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  28. ^ "St Mary's Catholic School: Extension to double the size of the school". Jack Lunn Construction. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  29. ^ "St Mary's strikes gold with sports partnership". Wharfedale Observer. 19 September 2003. Retrieved 12 February 2012. 
  30. ^ Yorkshire Evening Post – A visit of Eastern promise
  31. ^ Diocese of Leeds – ‘State of the Art' Sports Facility opened by Sir Trevor Brooking
  32. ^ "Worldwise Challenge 2011". 16 May 2011. Retrieved 31 March 2012. 
  33. ^ NAACE ICT Mark record for St. Mary's Menston
  34. ^ Wharfedale Observer – St Mary's strikes gold in approach to sport
  35. ^ Youth Sport Trust Partner School Roll of Honour
  36. ^ Jack, Jim (6 April 2012). "Councillor demands consultation on Catholic 'super academy' plan for Leeds". Ilkley Gazette. Retrieved 27 April 2012. 
  37. ^ - Considering Catholic Multi-Academy Trust in the Leeds Diocese
  38. ^ - Introduction to the Catholic Multi Academy Trust plans
  39. ^ Edubase - St. Mary's Catholic Comprehensive School
  40. ^ McIntyre, Annette (5 March 2013). "Five Catholic primaries and one secondary school leave council control". Bradford Telegraph and Argus. Retrieved 21 April 2013. 
  41. ^ Fiona Evans (31 January 2014). "Exclusive: Catholics blast bus ‘tax’ on religious schools". The Yorkshire Post. Retrieved 1 February 2014. 
  42. ^ The Church and the English prison system – Saints Francis Dickenson & Gerard Miles
  43. ^ Our Lady and All Saints Church, Otley – Blessed Francis Dickinson
  44. ^ – Myddelton Grange - Blessed Christopher Wharton
  45. ^ a b "Wharfedale Festival of Theatre July 2011". Telegraph & Argus. Retrieved 20 July 2012. 
  46. ^ "What the Dickens has happened to Scrooge?". Kidderminster Shuttle. 12 December 2003. Retrieved 14 August 2012. 
  47. ^ "Menston pupils shine in 'The Comedy of Errors'". Bradford Telegraph & Argus. 17 February 2006. Retrieved 11 November 2012. 
  48. ^ "St Mary's scoop award at first attempt". Wharfedale Observer. 12 July 2007. Retrieved 20 July 2012. 
  49. ^ "'A Man For All Seasons' at St Mary's RC School, Menston". Wharfedale Observer. 15 February 2007. Retrieved 11 November 2012. 
  50. ^ "Ofsted: St. Mary's Menston General Letter no 3715 July 2008" (PDF). St. Mary's Menston. Retrieved 20 July 2012. 
  51. ^ "Wharfedale 'Oscars' presented". Wharfedale Observer. 15 July 2010. Retrieved 20 July 2012. 
  52. ^ School Productions
  53. ^ "Menston students show true class in Macbeth". Wharfedale Observer. 13 February 2014. Retrieved 16 February 2014. 
  54. ^ "St. Mary's Menston School Productions". 8 August 2014. Retrieved 8 August 2014. 
  55. ^ ""Fame – The Musical" Performed at St. Mary’s, Menston". The Diocese of Leeds. 10 February 2017. Retrieved 17 February 2017. 
  56. ^ "Wharfedale, Aireborough and Horsforth school excel in new-look school league tables". Wharfedale and Aireborough Observer. Ilkey. 26 January 2017. Retrieved 17 February 2017. 
  57. ^ Jim Jack (1 March 2015). "Exam tables put Menston school top". Ilkley Gazette. Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  58. ^ "BBC News - Secondary schools and colleges in Leeds 2011"
  59. ^ BBC News - Secondary school league tables in Leeds
  60. ^ "School and Local statistics (Leeds)". Department for Education. 23 January 2014. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  61. ^ "The Department for Education School and College Performance Tables". The Derpartment for Education. Retrieved 2 April 2015. 
  62. ^ "Record A-level results shoot Bradford up schools league table". Telegraph & Argus. 26 January 2012. Retrieved 26 January 2012. 
  63. ^ "The Top 100 Comprehensive Schools at A-level". The Independent. London. 26 January 2012. Retrieved 13 May 2012. 
  64. ^ "The Top Comprehensive Schools at A-level". The Independent. London. 16 January 2009. Retrieved 31 March 2012. 
  65. ^ "Diana honour for St Mary's devotion to African work". Ilkley Gazette. 17 February 2011. Retrieved 2 February 2012. 
  66. ^ "South African education bosses in Wharfedale". Ilkley Gazette. 17 March 2011. Retrieved 2 February 2012. 
  67. ^ "Students serve poor in Zululand". Catholic Herald. 14 September 2011. Retrieved 2 February 2012. 
  68. ^ a b "St Mary's School exchange links mark 25 years". Bradford Telegraph & Argus. 5 May 2011. Retrieved 2 February 2012. 
  69. ^ "ECHANGES AVEC LA GRANDE BRETAGNE" (in French). Retrieved 2 February 2012. 
  70. ^ "Franziskus Gymansium, Vossenack – Unsere Partnerschule in Menston – England" (in German). Retrieved 25 March 2012. 
  71. ^ "Franziskus Gymansium, Vossenack – 9er Austauschschüler aus Menston/GB zurück" (in German). Retrieved 8 April 2012. 
  72. ^ Bradford Telegrah & Argus – Cape wins prestigious St Mary's School award
  73. ^ Wharfedale Observer – Harry Potter star goes back to school l
  74. ^ Yorkshire Evening Post – Welcome to Yorkshire: Harry Potter star to fly flag for tourism l
  75. ^ Kaiser Chiefs visit St. Mary's
  76. ^ Diocese of Leeds- Lads from St. Mary's Menston Clear The Board
  77. ^ "Music interview: Kaiser Chiefs". Yorkshire Evening Post. 19 July 2012. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  78. ^ BBC Leeds – Musical Map of Leeds
  79. ^ Ilkley Gazette – Christian Cooke stars in prime time ITV show
  80. ^ Wharfedale Observer – Menston film star Christian in charity cycle ride
  81. ^ Keighley News – Chelsea have their eye on St Mary's soccer star
  82. ^ – Premier League tribunal seen as massive test case
  83. ^ Cricinfo profile
  84. ^ Bradford Telegraph & Argus – Kaiser Chiefs among stars to attend Menston school event
  85. ^ Sky Atlantic HD to bring the very best in entertainment and drama exclusively to Sky customers from 1 February 2011
  86. ^ "This Life: Sky high in telly land". Yorkshire Evening Post. 19 January 2011. Retrieved 15 January 2012. 
  87. ^ Huddersfield Examiner – Famous fathers of new Huddersfield Town academy players
  88. ^ Huddersfield Town Academy – Jordan Sinnott
  89. ^ Yorkshire Post – Huddersfield Town 1 Leicester City 1: Sinnott proves a chip off the old block on proud occasion for Lillis
  90. ^ Clifford, Sally (20 July 2010). "A lesson in success". Telegraph & Argus. Retrieved 21 January 2012. 
  91. ^ Yorkshire Evening Post – Leeds's own Billy Elliott prepares for homecoming
  92. ^ "Dominic North: Back up North leading another Bourne ballet". Yorkshire Post. 28 March 2013. Retrieved 28 March 2013. 
  93. ^ Ilkley Gazette – Aidan White presents trophy he once won
  94. ^ a b c Telegraph & Argus – Dunwell Brothers head home after completing debut album
  95. ^ a b c Wharefdale Observer – Dunwells counting down to debut album release
  96. ^ Telegraph & Argus – Hendrie joins international brigade at St Mary's
  97. ^ "Scunthorpe United: Niall Canavan signs new contract". BBC Sport. 29 May 2014. Retrieved 25 January 2015. 
  98. ^ Academic and sporting excellence for former St Mary's students at Oxford
  99. ^ Art Link at Sotheyby's International – Kate McCrickard
  100. ^ David Krut Publishing – Kate McCrickard, Director of David Krut Pojects New York, visits JHB
  101. ^ Tate Publishing – Essential Artists: William Kentridge by Kate McCrickard
  102. ^ Ilkley Gazette – Star pupils to pitch in at launch of Menston school's sports ground
  103. ^ Wharfedale Observer – Boy band star goes back to school in Menston
  104. ^ Yorkshire Evening Post – The West End Girl: Meet Leeds’ own Verity Rushworth INTERVIEW
  105. ^ Wharfedale Observer – Rawdon's Verity comes home in musical classic
  106. ^ a b c "Menston pupils are a class act on TV". Telegraph & Argus. 31 January 1998. Retrieved 15 January 2012. 
  107. ^ Ilkey Gazette - Emmerdale star Chris returns to home to marry
  108. ^ Victoria Quarter – Magic Moments with Matthew Lewis Exclusive Interview
  109. ^ "Actor brothers Anthony and Matthew Lewis launch theatrical school". Wharfedale Observer. 31 January 2014. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  110. ^ BBC The Speaker – Thomas
  111. ^ "Wharfedale 'Oscars' presented". Wharfedale Observer. 15 July 2010. Retrieved 15 January 2012. 
  112. ^ Manchester United Website – Luke Hendrie
  113. ^ The FA – England Players (Luke Hendrie)
  114. ^ Ilkley Gazette -Menston boy Hendrie in line for England cap
  115. ^ Wharfedale Observer – Boy band star goes back to school in Menston
  116. ^ "BBC – Radio 1 – Chart Show – The UK Top 40 Singles". Retrieved 22 June 2008. 
  117. ^ Marshall, Bill (11 October 2011). "Hendrie joins international brigade at St Mary's". Telegraph & Argus. Retrieved 29 June 2012. 
  118. ^ Ilkley Gazette – Otley's Keinhorst is preparing for conversion to rugby league
  119. ^ a b Rugby League International Federation – Germany announces squad for European Shield
  120. ^ a b c Marshall, Bill (13 June 2011). "Keinhorst quartet named by Germany". Bradford Telegraph & Argus. Retrieved 23 August 2012. 
  121. ^ Smith, Rory (2 March 2011). "Liverpool's record £35m signing Andy Carroll set for debut against Manchester United at Anfield". The Daily Telegraph. London. 
  122. ^ Liverpool FC – Niall Heaton player page
  123. ^ "Menston pupil Tom lands Manchester City scholarship". Wharfedale Observer. 31 October 2012. Retrieved 16 November 2012. 
  124. ^ "TV slot for Otley actress's comedy drama". Bradford Telegraph & Argus. 13 May 2013. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
  125. ^ "TV break for young Guiseley actress". Wharfedale Observer. 28 January 2012. Retrieved 5 September 2013. 
  126. ^ Tom Holland interview Manchester City Academy Interview Tom Holland - Manchester City FC
  127. ^ "Menston's Holland heads for Italy with Manchester City for tournament". Wharfedale Observer. 28 March 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  128. ^ [1]
  129. ^
  130. ^
  131. ^
  132. ^ "Chief executive goes back to school for A-level presentation". Ilkey Gazette. 21 January 2015. Retrieved 25 January 2015. 
  133. ^ "Nadine's big break in popular TV soap". Keighley News. 14 January 2015. Retrieved 24 May 2015. 
  134. ^ "Debut TV role is no fluke for Leeds youngster". Yorkshire Evening Post. 3 February 2010. Retrieved 2 January 2017. 
  135. ^ "George Kent". IMDb. Retrieved 2016-01-09. 
  136. ^ "Menston teacher re-appointed as Sports England member"
  137. ^ Sport England 2005 minutes
  138. ^ Barnett, Ben (9 May 2009). "David Geldart honoured in London". Bradford Telegraph & Argus. Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
  139. ^ Greaves, Amanda (17 January 2012). "Auction of prized shirts to raise cash for Africa". Wharfedale & Aireborough Observer. Retrieved 13 May 2012. 
  140. ^ "Students serve poor in Zululand". Catholic Herald. 14 September 2012. Retrieved 13 May 2012. 
  141. ^ – Mr Geldart elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
  142. ^ "Transfer money to play with the stars". Telegraph & Argus. 27 September 1999. Retrieved 16 January 2012. 
  143. ^ Patton, Graeme (7 December 2011). "Exam boards: how system became international money-spinner". Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 15 January 2012. 
  144. ^ Parliament.UK – Education committee takes evidence on the administration of examinations for 15- to 19-year-olds
  145. ^ Wharfedale Observer – New St Mary's head delighted with role
  146. ^ "New head teacher joins as school reaches 50th anniversary milestone". Ilkley Gazette. 29 September 2014. Retrieved 31 October 2014. 

External links[edit]