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150th Anniversary Book

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Priced at £15.99 (or £18.50 to include postage and packaging), the book is available to buy from the School Reception or Straight Curves (104 Saltergate, Chesterfield).  Any profit made from book sales will be split equally between Ashgate Hospice and St Mary’s sister school in Burkina Faso.


The Jubilee Badge, priced at £3.50 (or £4.00 to include postage and packaging), is available to buy from Sr Susan. 


If you require any further information about the book or Jubilee badge or wish to arrange for postage please contact the Headteacher’s PA, Mrs Gilding on or telephone 01246 201191 extension 2011.



St Mary’s Catholic High School, Chesterfield: Celebrating 150 Years is published by Bannister publications.


It is a completely new, all-colour illustrated history of the School and its long association with the town of Chesterfield and the community in North East Derbyshire.


Beautifully designed and produced the book tells the fascinating story of the School’s original foundation and developments through two world wars, and its eventual move from the humble origins of Spencer Street and Cross Street to its present day home at Upper Newbold.


As well as tales of the Post War Years of Change and the school’s  to Upper Newbold in July 1981, the book contains vivid portraits of dedicated individuals who brought their unswerving belief in the benefits and values of Catholic education to the task of creating and improving the school.


There are more than 150 specially selected pictures and quotations from staff and students throughout the book.


“There was a mix of kids from all backgrounds, many from large families; money was scarce … if you ever got a new pair of shoes, other parents would ask what you were doing with the old ones!” [Jennifer Jones, Past Pupil during 1960s]


“Two old scholars from this school visited today … W Cronan, and John Cosgrove who won a Military Medal. Both were out in the First Expeditionary Force and had many interesting experiences to relate, having been continuously in the war from the beginning. A hearty round of cheering was given them on their departure. They go back to the front tonight.” [John Sharkey, Schoolmaster 1890-1918]

St Mary's Catholic High School, Newbold Road, Newbold, Chesterfield, S41 8AG

St Marys Catholic High School Academy Trust is an exempt charity and a company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales with Company Number 8107212 and has a registered office at Newbold Road, Upper Newbold, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S41 8AG.

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