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


School News

New Mission Statement

Friday, 15 June 2018

Discussions have been taking place between pupils, staff and governors on a new Mission Statement for our school. Our existing statement, now somewhat dated, may be seen on the school website at http://www.cardinalheenan.com/index.php/about-the-school/mission-statement. The statement below is...

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Proposed New Timings of the School Day

Friday, 15 June 2018

We would like to propose a change to the timings of the school day which would take effect in September 2018. The changes would mean that all lessons would be of one hour’s duration.  There would be no changes to the start of the school day.  School would continue to begin with morning...

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Mark Warham RIP

Friday, 15 June 2018

Parents may have seen newspaper obituaries recently of Mark Warham, a former pupil at St Thomas Aquinas, one of the two schools which were merged to form Cardinal Heenan. Mark died recently at the age of 56. The Times newspaper described him as ‘a flamboyant banker and one of the City’s leading...

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Project Planter

Friday, 15 June 2018

Year 10 pupils have been involved redevelopment of the landscaping in front of the school.  The work will be completed during the summer holiday.  The GCSE Construction students are making three planters: so far they have created small prototypes suitable for a single plant.  The full size...

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James Pears Flag Bearer

Friday, 15 June 2018

Congratulations to Year 7 pupil James Pears on being selected as a flag bearer for the England v Costa Rica football match at Elland Road Stadium last week.

Diocesan Inspection

Friday, 08 June 2018

An inspection of the Catholic life of the school, Religious Education and collective worship took place over two days earlier this week.

Although we are unable to share the inspection findings until the report has been quality assured and published, I can tell you that inspectors thanked pupils,...

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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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Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award Practice Walk

Friday, 11 May 2018

Year 9 pupils will be demonstrating their navigation skills this weekend in a practice for the forthcoming Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award expedition. Groups of pupils will take part in various eight mile circular walks setting off from Golden Acre Park. Good luck to all 56 pupils taking part....

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