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

Ofsted Inspection

Friday, 09 February 2018

As you know the school had an Ofsted inspection on Wednesday 7 February. I am grateful for the many message of support received from parents. Although I am forbidden by Ofsted from sharing the inspection findings until the report has been quality assured and published, I can tell you that...

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Lent 2018

Friday, 09 February 2018

Lenten begins next week on Ash Wednesday, 14 February. The school’s Lenten programme will get underway as soon as pupils return after the half-term break.  Pupils will lead weekly Stations of The Cross and prayer services at morning break in our school chapel. We hope and pray that our School...

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Year 11 Retreat at Ampleforth College, North Yorkshire

Friday, 09 February 2018

Year 11 students will begin a residential religious retreat at Ampleforth College, North Yorkshire, during half-term, returning to school on Tuesday 20 February. This retreat gives students an opportunity to grow in their understanding and appreciation faith and spirituality.  They will be...

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Year 11 Mock Examinations in English Language and Mathematics

Friday, 09 February 2018

GCSE mock examinations in English Language and Mathematics for Year 11 pupils will take place in school on Thursday 15 March and Friday 16 March. Please note the change of dates. Our pupils have been advised to make good use of the weeks beforehand by beginning revision during half term break.

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Half Term Ski Trip to Sestriere, Italy

Friday, 09 February 2018

A group of 30 pupils are enjoying a half-term ski trip to Sestriere, Italy. They are currently enjoying perfect conditions, deep snow and sunny skies.  We wish them a safe and enjoyable visit. Our pupils are accompanied by Mr Edney, Miss Bishop, Mr Easter and Miss McGinley.


Young Enterprise

Friday, 09 February 2018

Year 7 pupils have opened a pop-up stationary shop which has been doing good business on Wednesday lunchtimes. Sales have been buoyant following a grand opening on Wednesday 24 January. Feedback and suggestions on additions to the product range are welcome: This email address is being protected...

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Book Reviews

Friday, 09 February 2018

Each week we include a book recommendation from a member of our school community. Pupils who would like to see a favourite book featured in this column should see Miss Burns, School Librarian, for an application form.  

This week’s reader is Year 8 pupil Callum Dyson-Dalby, Vice-Captain of the...

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Half Term

Friday, 09 February 2018

The half term holiday begins today, Friday 9 February, at 3.15pm. School re-opens to pupils on Tuesday 20 February.  Monday 19 February is a staff training day when pupils are not in school.


Moving On

Friday, 02 February 2018

 
Our Year 11 pupils were praised by Notre Dame Catholic Sixth form College, Leeds, this week.  Pupils visited the collge for taster sessions on Wednesday and staff from the college were in school on Friday to interview the 120 Year 11 pupils who have applied for places to study A-levels there.


Year 8 Options

Friday, 02 February 2018

Thursday 1 March: Year 8 Options Information Meeting for Parents and Pupils at 7.00pm

Letters to parents, recommending one of three pathways for studies at Key Stage 4, will be given to Year 8 pupils in the coming weeks.  A group pupils will be recommended for Pathway 1 (Nine GCSEs, including...

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