St Leonard's Catholic School, Durham

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St Leonard's Catholic School
Established 1936
Type Voluntary aided comprehensive
Religion Roman Catholic
Headteacher Mr S Campbell
Location North End
County Durham
Coordinates: 54°47′06″N 1°35′06″W / 54.785°N 1.585°W / 54.785; -1.585
Local authority Durham County Council
DfE number 840/4691
DfE URN 114326 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 1376~
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–18

St Leonard's Catholic School is a voluntary aided Roman Catholic comprehensive school in Durham, England.


The school was founded in 1936 as the St Leonard's Catholic Central School in the former Springwell Hall, a coalmine owner's house acquired in 1935 by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle.[1] The separate Sixth Form building, known as the Martyrs' Building, is said to stand on ground once used for the execution of Roman Catholic martyrs.

During the era of the tripartite system, the school became a secondary modern and turned comprehensive in 1970 when the system was abolished by the LEA. The sixth form was opened that same year. During the last full Ofsted Inspection in 2007 the school was given an overall rating of good.[2]

The Prime Minister's Global Fellowship[edit]

The school has a good record of students attaining places on the prestigious Prime Minister's Global Fellowship programme. The school achieved its first student in the inaugural year of the programme, 2008, and in 2009 had 3 successful applicants.[3]

Every Drop Counts[edit]

The school is a finalist in the 2010/2011 npower Green SOS.[4] A team of ten students in the school have now set up a water-saving campaign Every Drop Counts and have made a short film "The Journey of the Little Raindrop" as part of this competition. The team are now in the process of making another short film about saving water as part of the final stage of the competition.[5]

Notable people[edit]

  • Billy Ayre, Art and Physical Education teacher, 1977-19??


  1. ^ History of the school
  2. ^ "Ofsted Inspection Report" (PDF). 
  3. ^ British Council website "Fellows" accessed November 10, 2009.
  4. ^
  5. ^ "About Us - Every Drop Counts". About Us - Every Drop Counts. Retrieved 4 April 2011. 

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