The Notre Dame Sixth Form College community are celebrating with their retiring Chair of the Corporation, Mrs. Margaret Ramsden, as she is awarded the Leeds Diocesan Silver Medal by Bishop Marcus. The College sent a letter of recommendation to the Bishop, outlining the many reasons why Mrs. Ramsden deserved this accolade. They felt that such an award would recognise her work in promoting the Catholic faith, supporting students from disadvantaged backgrounds, focusing on social justice and the values of St Julie Billiart, fostering charitable work in a truly Christ-centred educational community, and helping to inspire young people and staff both within and beyond Notre Dame.
Prior to her retirement, Mrs. Ramsden was Chair of Governors for eighteen years, and before that she served as a Foundation Governor for three years; altogether providing over twenty years of unstinting, voluntary service. She also represented post-16 education as a member of the Diocesan Council for Education for ten years.
Some of the personal qualities that marked her presence at Notre Dame included her leadership skills, warmth, strategic thinking, and efficiency. She worked closely with the Study Support Department and contacts at other colleges to ensure that vulnerable young people had a progression path to Notre Dame. The College praised Mrs. Ramsden for epitomising the Catholic virtues, noting that her spiritual gravity is Benedictine, regularly spending Holy Week and the Easter Triduum at Ampleforth Abbey.