Proud day for all the family

TWENTY-one-year-old Leah Burke, of Clifton Common, Brighouse, has been awarded a BA honours degree in theology and religious studies with philosophy and ethics.

Leah, a former pupil of St Joseph’s Junior and Infants School, Brighouse, and All Saints’ College, Bradley, studied for her degree at Hope University, Liverpool.

Leah is the eldest daughter of David and Debbie Burke, who attended the graduation ceremony along with Leah’s grandfather, David Garside, a former Echo columnist who is the holder of an Open University degree.

“It was a proud day for all of us,’’ said Mrs Burke. “Dad wore his gown and thoroughly enjoyed the occasion.’’

Leah will start a course at Bradford College in September, which will lead to early years professional status enabling her to work with children up to five years old.

Leah’s sister, Esther, who is 19, starts a business and management degree course at Bradford University in September. She took a gap year after her A-levels, spending it travelling.

Sister Rachel, 17, is studying at Brighouse High School’s sixth form college while the youngest of the quartet, 16-year-old Hannah, is waiting for her GCSE results and hopes to start at Brighouse High for A-level studies in September.