Leeds pupils reunite after 40 years

1976: A-level students at Leeds Girls High School who will be reunited 40 years after leaving school.
1976: A-level students at Leeds Girls High School who will be reunited 40 years after leaving school.
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a group of 50 former pupils of Leeds Girls’ High School will meet after 40 years at a reunion lunch this weekend.

Some of the ladies will be flying in from Chicago, Israel, Spain and France for the special gathering on Saturday.

Carole Davies, who is organising the event alongside Helen Clappison and Paula Jackman, all of whom currently live in Leeds, said it was a struggle to track down some of the class.

They managed to find many of their old classmates through Facebook. With the help of two former pupils who are geneaologists, the ladies managed to contact all but seven of the year.

Around 40 of the girls met up at their 20-year reunion in 1997, but for many this will be the first time they have seen each other since receiving their O-levels or A-levels.

Carole said: “A few of us have kept in touch and meet up often but about two thirds of the girls I won’t have seen since we left.

“It should be very exciting to see everyone. We all still feel young!”

She said the ladies will meet for drinks and lunch with plenty of time to talk afterwards to reminisce about their schooldays and to find out what everybody has been doing since.

“We invited some teachers too but they thought it should be just for the girls. I think they thought that we wouldn’t be able to talk about our naughty stories if they were listening!”

The lunch will take place at the Grammar School in Leeds, which formed after Leeds Girls’ High School and Leeds Grammar School merged in 2005.

“The Grammar School at Leeds have been very accomodating and helpful. It’s great that we can have it there,” Carole added.

The original site of Leeds Girls’ High School in Headingly, which opened in 1906, has largely been turned into housing.

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