Students start school’s celebrations

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY: Jewish students from Years Seven to 13 start the celebrations at The Grammar School at Leeds. Pictured, from left, are: Bradley Cohen, Ben Dunwell, Avi Glyn, Freddie Rosenberg, Grace Levison, Joshua Lyons, Ruby Sandler, Freddie Rosenberg, Leah Harris, Ben Fisher, Emma Casey-Marten, Dion D’Marco, David Bush and Eitan Litvin

THE Grammar School at Leeds is celebrating its 10th birthday with a packed calendar of cultural and sporting events.

The year of celebrations kicked off with a reception at the school last night.

One of the highlights of the evening for the 240 guests was the performance by Year Nine students of three pieces of original music, which they had composed to mark the anniversary.

In March, there will be an evening at the House of Lords, hosted by former pupil Baroness Pauline Neville-Jones; a weekend of celebrations in the school grounds in July for students, staff, alumni, parents and friends; the creation of the Leeds Luminaries Awards to mark the outstanding achievements of alumni; and the launch of a birthday bursary campaign which aims to fund an additional 10 places for students starting in September.

Throughout the year, students will be working on birthday-themed projects, including the creation of a sculpture by a sixth-form student and the production of handmade poppies to be planted in the school grounds in November to commemorate former students who lost their lives in the two world wars.

In the decade since the school was established at Alwoodley Gates, the result of a merger between Leeds Grammar School and Leeds Girls’ High School, 5,041 pupils have been, or are still being, educated at the school and 1,898 students have completed their sixth form education.

And more than 100 students have gone to Oxbridge.

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