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Patricia Belford - Primary Education, 1954

Patricia began her two-year primary teacher training in 1952 at Headingley Campus, then known as the City of Leeds Training College, when all of our students lived on campus.

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Patricia began her two-year primary teacher training in 1952 at Headingley Campus, then known as the City of Leeds Training College, when all of our students lived on campus.

She recalls: "The halls of residence were at that time, just that, for we all lived in and had individual study bedrooms: the women, sixty to each hall, in Caedmon, Leighton, Bronte, Macauley and Priestley and the men students across the sacred acre in Fairfax, Cavendish and the Grange. Another sixty men, studying sport were based in Carnegie.

"Each morning we went over to the main block for a full programme of lectures, returning to our hostel for meals which were taken formally in the dining room.

"There were no tuition or boarding fees and we even had our laundry done for free!

"After the evening meal we were expected to work quietly in our rooms, and there was strict silence in the corridors. At 10pm we had to sign in even if we had not been out.

"On the odd occasions when we gave ourselves a night off to go to the Cottage Road Cinema, we had to run up through St Chad's Church yard to make sure we were indoors by 10pm! As a result, we usually had to miss the last part of the film.

"Each hall had a tutor who lived in and was responsible for our wellbeing. On one occasion my friend and I were invited to a ball by our boyfriends, both university students. After questioning us about our 'young men', our hall tutor, allowed us to stay out until midnight, though she herself waited up to see us safely back!

"On Saturday nights we were allowed to stay out until 11pm and we often went to dances, either in one of the hostels or the preferred option, at Leeds University, where men outnumbered women.

"Our training was thorough and included three periods of school practice over the two years. Most of us spent our working lives teaching and many of us achieved post of responsibility.

"After qualifying I taught for 27 years in several Leeds` primary schools with a nine-year break to bring up my three children."

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