GSAL Launches The Mark Bailey Annual Lecture

Wednesday 6 October 2010

GSAL Launches The Mark Bailey Annual Lecture

The Grammar School at Leeds (GSAL) has established an annual public lecture to honour the achievements of its former headmaster Mark Bailey.

The inaugural lecture will be delivered by Professor Bailey, who as Dr Bailey was responsible for leading the school through significant changes in the last 11 years.

His lecture, entitled The Black Death in England – A Lesson From History, will be given at the school on October 14to an audience of pupils, staff, parents and friends. In the future, other leading academics in their fields will be invited to speak.

Since leaving GSAL in April this year, Professor Bailey has spent the summer as a visiting fellow of medieval history at All Souls College, Oxford, before taking up his new post as professor of late medieval history at the University of East Anglia in September.

Chairman of the board of governors, Mr David Gravells, said: “We believe that an annual lecture is a fitting way to celebrate Professor Bailey’s time at GSAL where he was an outstanding head. While discharging his many duties here, he continued to research and publish on medieval England and it will be a great pleasure to have the opportunity to hear him speak on the subject.”

Professor Bailey was appointed as headmaster of Leeds Grammar School in September 1999, having previously been a fellow of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.  During his time at the school he oversaw its successful merger with Leeds Girls’ High School to form The Grammar School at Leeds.

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