Headteacher's Welcome

Cardinal Heenan is a happy, secure, caring Catholic school where pupils are cherished and challenged to achieve. We instill a love of learning inspired by high quality teaching which develops individual strengths and talents. We encourage and celebrate creativity, original thinking, imagination, effort and achievement. We teach the importance of moral values and showing consideration for others. This is a modern school embracing a strong Catholic ethos, commitment to high academic standards and respect for all.

We provide

• intellectually challenging teaching
• a work-centred environment
• high standards consistently applied in the classroom
• clear rules governing behaviour
• homework for all pupils set regularly
• marking of pupils' work promptly and constructively by teachers
• regular formal examination practice
• frequent monitoring of progress
• defined academic goals
• strong partnership with parents
• extra-curricular activities and enrichment

My role as Headteacher is to lead the school towards outstanding so that our pupils have the best possible opportunities to succeed, whatever their starting point. I am passionate about education and its ability to make a difference. Every young person is precious and has many God-given gifts and talents: some obvious, others not yet known. I am ambitious for every pupil who enters the school. I am supported by a committed, talented staff who share this vision, know our pupils’ capabilities and support them to meet challenging targets. Our mission is to find and develop all our gifts so that every pupil shines with joy, confidence and success.

P Whelan

Headteacher

School News

Mr Whelan

Friday, 18 May 2018

Steve Carey, Chair of Governors, writes:

I am writing to let you know that our interim Head Teacher, Mr Whelan, has been diagnosed with a condition that is likely to mean that he will be absent from school for the rest of the term.  Everyone at the school wishes Mr Whelan a speedy recovery.  I...

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A Season for Examinations

Friday, 18 May 2018

Year 11 pupils, who have been working hard for the GCSE examinations throughout the year, have been sitting the first of their many papers this week. Teachers here have provided our Year 11 students numerous revision materials and much advice in addition.  Our students’ diligent approach has...

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Words in the City

Friday, 18 May 2018

Two teams of Cardinal Heenan pupils from Years 9 and 10 participated in a ‘poetry slam’ as part of a Words in the City festival at The Carriageworks Theatre, Leeds, on Friday 11 May.  Competition was fierce but our pupils shared their ideas thoughtfully and with confidence.  Congratulations to...

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Winning Chemists

Friday, 18 May 2018

A Year 7 team of young chemists, members of our Science Club, picked up a prize this week at the Salter’s Festival of Chemistry.

Congratulations to Lily Mae Collier, Anna Cookson, Maria Cruz Lopes and Eve Thorp.  The Heenan chemists were strongly commended by judges for recommending...

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Preparing for Lourdes

Friday, 18 May 2018

Year 10 pupils who will be taking part in the Leeds Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes later this term enjoyed a briefing presented in school this week by the Leeds Diocesan Youth Service. It began with icebreakers and fun facts about whether a particular image is in Lourdes or not. The whole group...

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Leeds Book Awards

Friday, 18 May 2018

 

16 pupils from Years 7 to 10 attended the Leeds Book Awards at Leeds Civic Hall this week.  They met several authors, including local poet Toria Garbutt.  All our students represented the school creditably and greatly enjoyed discussing the shortlisted titles with the authors and with...

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Honours for Jamie

Friday, 18 May 2018

Year 7 pupil Jamie Broadhurst is proving to be a very talented swimmer. He was recently awarded a gold medal in an event at Harrogate Spa and a bronze medal for 50m breaststroke by The Borough of Kirklees Swimming Club (BOK). Jamie has been selected to compete at the 2018 Yorkshire Championships.  


Engineering Workshop

Friday, 18 May 2018

Year 9 pupils took part in an interactive engineering workshop in which each team member was given a role, e.g. designer or finance manager.  The task was to design and build a water filtration system.  Our pupils assembled and soldered an electronic water-detector and made a circuit for an...

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