The Catholic Church across Yorkshire's historic West Riding since 1878

The Catholic Church across Yorkshire's historic West Riding since 1878

Annual Mass for Head Teachers

The Annual Mass for Head Teachers and School Leaders took place at Leeds Cathedral on the Solemnity of Our Lady of Sorrows.

Describing our Catholic schools as ‘jewels in the crown’ of our diocese, Bishop Marcus thanked all school leaders, teachers and staff for their outstanding dedication and commitment of time to further the mission of Catholic education in our schools, colleges and university.

Especially acknowledged were those Head Teachers retiring this year:

Madeleine Bannister (St Anthony’s, Clayton)
Cathy Baxendale (St Thomas a Becket, Wakefield)
Rose Harrison (St Francis, Morley)
Chris McHale (St Joseph’s, Hunslet)
Harry Rowan (Our Lady of Lourdes and St Patrick’s, Huddersfield)

Head Teachers retiring this year


The choirs were groups from the Diocese of Leeds Schools Singing Programme (SSP): from Holy Name Catholic Primary School, Cookridge; St Anthony’s Catholic Primary School Beeston; and St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Rothwell. The choirs were directed  by their Choral Directors, Tom Leech, Lizzie Leather, and Roly Mander. More information about the SSP can be found at

The Choir comprised children from our Catholic Primary Schools in Beeston, Cookridge and Rothwell


After Mass, the Head Teachers had time to socialise in the Cathedral’s Wheeler Hall and to hear presentations from Tom Leech about the Schools Singing Programme, and from Catholic Care.


All the photographs taken at the Mass by Patrick Sice are available to view via this link: