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

Recruitment of a New Headteacher

Friday, 19 January 2018

Mr Carey, Chair of Governors, writes: I promised to keep parents and guardians up to date with the recruitment of a new Headteacher to replace Mr Whelan who leaves us at the end of the current school year.  We set a closing date of Friday 12 January for applications.  However, we received only a...

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Performing Shakespeare

Friday, 19 January 2018

After winning several rounds of speaking competitions, no fewer than 11 of our pupils have won through to the regional final of the English Speaking Union’s Performing Shakespeare Competition.

 Next month audiences will see two performances of a scene from Romeo and Juliet by Cardinal Heenan...

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Year 11 Mock GCSE Results Day

Friday, 19 January 2018

      

Year 11 pupils had a taste of August yesterday morning when they took part in a mock GCSE Results Day.
They were handed sealed envelopes containing the subject grades attained in recent mock examinations,
to replicate GCSE Results Day.  Judging by the atmosphere, there were some fraught...

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Dates for the Diary

Friday, 19 January 2018

 

Wednesday 31 January:                  Year 8 Parents’ Evening, from 4.00pm to 7.00pm

Thursday 1 February:                     Issue of Progress Reports for Pupils in Years 7, 9 and 11

Thursday 8 February:                    Ski Trip to Sestriere, Italy (until Thursday 15 February)

Friday 9...

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Boys into Health

Monday, 15 January 2018
Boys into health _ Health check 14 Year 8 boys spent a day at the City Campus of Leeds Beckett University for an event which aimed to encourage them to consider programmes of study and careers in areas of health and education traditionally dominated by females. These occupations include teaching, educational support roles,...
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Electronic Recording of Achievement and Behaviour

Friday, 12 January 2018

The school relies on the continuing support of parents in maintaining the high standards of behaviour and achievement which are evident here every day.  Visitors to the school frequently comment on the diligence, good manners, attentiveness and cooperation which are the norm for the vast...

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Uniform Check

Friday, 12 January 2018

Uniform checks will take place for all pupils in assemblies next week.  Any pupil wearing incorrect uniform will be given a replacement item of uniform for the day or be placed in isolation.  Detentions will follow. Please refer to the Dress for Success booklet on the front page of our school...

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Our Year 9 Author

Friday, 12 January 2018

Congratulations to Year 9 pupil Johnny Kilroy on becoming a published author!  An article by Johnny has appeared in the BBC Doctor Who magazine.  Commenting on the costuming of Jodie Whittaker, the thirteenth and latest incarnation of the Time Lord in the long-running television series, Johnny...

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Year 7 Champions

Friday, 12 January 2018

The Year 7 boys’ five a-side football team were crowned Leeds champions this week.  Undefeated in their qualification group, the Heenan side eliminated Lawnswood, Carr Manor and Ralph Thoresby schools before advancing to the Leeds finals where they finished ahead of Allerton, Brigshaw and...

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Leadership Skills Day

Friday, 12 January 2018

Another group of Year 10 boys enjoyed a programme of leadership training at Leeds Beckett this week.  It was designed to allow them to understand personal strengths and leadership styles and to develop skills of constructive communication, management of others and reflection.  The sessions were...

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