Many thanks to Josephine Hartley (nee McAuliffe) for the following 1950’s photos and Holy Cards. Josephine told me in her letter that although she only left school with 3 ‘O’ levels she eventually went on to get a first class BA Hons at Huddersfield University in English Literary Studies. She was 70 when she graduated, showing us you are never too old to learn!


Father and Son Fountains Abbey 1966

I was recently contacted by Mike Peyton who was a pupil at St Bede's Grammar School, Bradford from 1960 until 1966 - following his father who was a pupil there from 1935 until 1942. Mr Peyton ended his career as a deputy headteacher in a mixed 14 -19 Catholic Comprehensive School in Suffolk.

Mr Peyton has kindly sent me the following article written in 2013 with some recollections of a father and son who both attended St Bede’s.

The recollections of two pupils; father and son


old school tie

Many thanks to Mr Swift for the donation of these wonderful items, we are hoping to create a showcase of artifacts such as these for both St Joseph' and St Bede's. 

If you have any old school memorabilia or photographs then I would love to see them and if possible add to our collection below. I am particularly interested in any pre 1970's. Please email to Mary Blythe  newsdesk@sbsj.co.uk