On July 8, at the end of Notre Dame’s summer term, Bishop Marcus Stock was delighted to grant the Diocesan ‘Bone et Fidelis’ Medal to Margaret Stapylton for 30 years’ service to Catholic Education in the Diocese of Leeds.
College Principal Justine Barlow presented Margaret with the award during a liturgy in Notre Dame's chapel, to celebrate and recognise the long service Margaret had given.
Margaret started her career at Mount St Mary’s Catholic High School in Leeds, and moved to Notre Dame when it became a sixth form college. She then left for several years to be Head of Department at The MacAuley School in Doncaster, returning to Notre Dame in 2002.
At Notre Dame, she was a teacher of A level Religious Studies, specialising in ethics, as well as teaching Core RE (our PTE programme). From 2018 to 2020 she was Head of Department for PTE.
Head of Catholic Life Catherine Herring said, “Watching Margaret teach fulfils St Irenaeus saying, ‘The glory of God is a human fully alive.’ It is a joy to behold. Past students who have come to open events gravitate to speak to her. Their faces when they see her illustrates the impact she had on them.”
Margaret continues to serve the diocese through her work with 'Faith and Light'.