Cockburn students celebrate International Women’s Day

Year 9 students from Cockburn Laurence Calvert Academy (CLCA) listened intently to a talk by Gail Weathers, CLCA school governor and local business leader, on International Women’s Day 2024.

With inclusivity as the theme of this year’s IWD, Gail emphasised the importance of embracing diversity and equality in all realms of life. Her insightful messages resonated with students, promoting a culture of empowerment, and her inspiring speech exemplified the spirit of International Women’s Day. Students left the talk empowered to champion inclusivity and equality in all aspects of their lives.

Year 7 and 8 girls rugby players from Cockburn School had a fantastic afternoon taking part in a practical rugby session at Headingley Stadium. They were privileged to meet and interact with HRH the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh as well as taking part in a tour of the stadium. Congratulations to all those students who were selected to represent the school based on their commitment to extra-curricular clubs.

David Gurney, Executive Headteacher of Cockburn MAT said:

“International Women’s Day is a time to celebrate the incredible contributions of women throughout history regardless of religion, cultural background and ethnicity. I was delighted that our students got to hear from inspirational speakers, meet members of the royal family and widen their understanding of life outside of school. I hope that these experiences ignite passion, foster resilience, and empower our next generation.

“Our young people deserve excellent role models who exemplify resilience, leadership, and determination. They need to understand that equal opportunity and equality are really important. By celebrating the achievements of women, we pave the way for a more equitable and inclusive society.”


This post is based on a press release issued by Cockburn School and Cockburn Laurence Calvert Academy


While you’re here, can we ask a favour?

South Leeds Life is published by a not-for-profit social enterprise. We keep our costs as low as possible but we’ve been hit by increases in the print costs for our monthly newspaper which have doubled in the last two years.

Could you help support local community news by making a one off donation, or even better taking out a supporters subscription?

Donate here, or sign up for a subscription at

Thank you for your support

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *