HistoryYorkshire Martyrs Catholic College, in Westgate Hill Street, Tong closed in the summer of 2010 and left behind a 49-year legacy.
Pupils were divided between two other city Catholic secondary schools, St Joseph’s and St Bede’s, as part of a restructuring programme by the Diocese of Leeds. The reshuffle has been brought on by falling rolls of Catholic schoolchildren in the district.
The school came into being in the form of a boys school, Cardinal Hinsley Grammar, and a girls school, Margaret Clitherow Grammar, in 1961. The girls’ school was initially run at a villa at St Joseph’s College and the boys’ school opened as an annexe to St Bede’s in an abandoned primary school in Thornton. Three years later the schools moved on to the existing site of Yorkshire Martyrs. A joint sixth-form centre opened in 1974 before a merger seven years later.