The Notre Dame community would like to congratulate our retiring Chair of the Corporation Mrs. Margaret Ramsden on her receipt of the Leeds Diocesan Silver Medal for service.
The College sent a letter of recommendation to the Right Reverend Marcus Stock, Bishop of Leeds, outlining the many reasons why Mrs. Ramsden deserved this accolade. We 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 Catholic Sixth Form College.
Prior to her retirement, Mrs. Ramsden was our Chair of Governors for 18 years, and before that she served as a Foundation Governor for 3 years; altogether providing 21 years of unstinting, voluntary service. She also represented the Diocese as a member of the Diocesan Council for Education for 10 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. We feel that Mrs. Ramsden epitomises the Catholic virtues. Her spiritual gravity is Benedictine, and she regularly spends Holy Week and the Easter Triduum in Ampleforth, North Yorkshire.
Mrs. Ramsden is pictured above with her medal and certificate, both of which can be seen in more detail below.