St Joseph's Catholic College, Bradford

St. Joseph's Catholic College was a Roman Catholic Girls' school situated in Manningham, close to Bradford city centre in West Yorkshire, England. The school merged with St. Bede's Grammar School in September 2014 to form St Bede's and St Joseph's Catholic College. The school is based over both of the former school sites.

St Joseph's Catholic College
St Joseph's College - Cunliffe Road - geograph.org.uk - 1050087.jpg
Address
Cunliffe Road

, ,
BD8 7AP

England
Coordinates53°48′43″N 1°45′56″W / 53.812057°N 1.765675°W / 53.812057; -1.765675Coordinates: 53°48′43″N 1°45′56″W / 53.812057°N 1.765675°W / 53.812057; -1.765675
Information
MottoPer Crucem ad Lucem
(Latin: Through the Cross to the Light)
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
Established1908
Closed2014
Local authorityCity of Bradford
Department for Education URN107429 Tables
OfstedReports
HeadteacherMr. C. O'Donnell
Executive HeadteacherMr. P. Heitzman
Staff69
GenderGirls and boys
Age11 to 16
Enrolmentapprox. 1,000
Colour(s)grey, green, blue and white
School hymnIn God Alone
Sixth formSt Benedict's Sixth Form
Websitehttp://www.stjcc.co.uk/

School historyEdit

The college was founded by the Order of the Sisters of the Cross and Passion in 1908.[1] It was a direct grant grammar school until 1977 when it became a Voluntary Aided 13–19 Girls’ School under the trusteeship of the Diocese of Leeds, which owns the buildings and grounds, and appoints the majority of the Governors. In 1995 due to Bradford Catholic re-organisation the College became an 11–19 Catholic Girls' School.

The college's first headmistress from 1908–1916 was Mother Gonzaga.[1] From 1916–1956 the headmistress was Mother Sister Mary Immaculate (born ca. 1890 – died 1977), Yorkshire Women of the Century, educationalist, overseeing St Joseph’s to become one of the major Catholic girls' grammar schools in the country.[citation needed] The college's motto is "Per Crucem ad Lucem"- Through the Cross to the Light.

From 2008 the school had a federated governing body with St. Bede's Grammar School and Yorkshire Martyrs Catholic College and when Yorkshire Martyrs closed in 2010 the girls transferred to St Joseph's. An Executive Headteacher was appointed in 2009 to oversee both St Joseph's and St Bede's.

The school merged with St. Bede's Grammar School in September 2014 to form St Bede's and St Joseph's Catholic College.[2] The former St. Joseph's is now used as the lower school site of the new school.

Sixth FormEdit

St Joseph's shared an associated sixth form with St. Bede's Grammar School for many years. In 2008 the sixth forms of St Bede's and St Joseph's joined with the sixth form of Yorkshire Martyrs Catholic College to form the Bradford Catholic Sixth Form. When Yorkshire Martyrs closed in 2010 the sixth form transferred to St Bede's and St Joseph's and in 2011 the Sixth Form was renamed St Benedict's Sixth Form.

Notable former Joseph's girlsEdit

Graduates include Olympic medalists, diplomats, members of parliament, television journalists, actresses, artists, writers, professors, religious sisters and bankers.[citation needed]

Direct-grant grammar schoolEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "Former pupils going back to school". Bradford Telegraph and Argus. 7 May 2008. Retrieved 25 July 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Largest Catholic school in country now planned as St Bede's and St Joseph's may merge in Bradford". Bradford Telegraph and Argus. 17 February 2014. Retrieved 17 August 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "New TV role for Heather". Bradford Telegraph and Argus. Retrieved 18 April 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Bradford actress can't wait to have a ball in homecoming Bollywood Carmen role". Bradford Telegraph and Argus. 7 June 2013. Retrieved 25 July 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Bradford actress Sophie McShera returns in Downton Abbey". Bradford Telegraph and Argus. 15 September 2012. Retrieved 25 July 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "Biography". Steph Swainston. 8 March 2016. Retrieved 18 April 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "Artist, craftsman and maestro". The Catholic Herald. 11 November 1988. Retrieved 25 July 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ O'Rourke, Tanya (17 March 2011). "Bronwyn Hill is former pupil of St Anthony's School, Clayton". Bradford Telegraph and Argus. Archived from the original on 25 February 2013. Retrieved 24 February 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ "Flats named". The Catholic Herald. 30 June 1961. Retrieved 25 July 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ Ruth Mitchell

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