AT GRACE DIEU Manor School in Coalville, Leicestershire, five talented Year 8 pupils have been granted special awards to their chosen senior schools, for ICT, Sport and Music.
Charles Foulds, head teacher, said: “I am delighted that we are once more celebrating the success of Year 8 pupils who are leaving us with senior school awards.
“Marcus, Hannah, Alexander, Lauren and Marina have all worked very hard and richly deserve their outstanding success. In the last three years alone, we have seen 13 of our Year 8 pupils move on with prestigious awards in their particular field of excellence, and this is a great tribute to both pupils and staff alike. We are, of course, extremely proud of them all.” Grace Dieu Manor School is an independent Catholic day school for 3-13 year olds. The Rosminian Fathers founded the school in 1933 as a preparatory school for Ratcliffe College.
It began with eight boys, a small staff and with Fr Francis O’Malley, a notable artist and follower of Eric Gill as headmaster. The buildings – a manor house – and chapel were designed by William Railton and built in TudorGothic style in the 1830s.
The chapel had the first rood-screen to be erected in England since the general destruction of roods ordered by Elizabeth I. Augustus Welby Pugin admired the house and chapel and greatly enlarged both.
In 1983 Grace Dieu celebrated its Golden Jubilee. Then there were 130 boys. Recently it has expanded and started taking girls.