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

 

Best Ever GCSE Results at Cardinal Heenan

School News

New Chair of Governors

Friday, 22 September 2017

Mr Steven Carey has been elected as the school’s new Chair of Governors and Mr Michael Gardner as Vice Chair.  Mr Carey writes:  Governors work together with leaders at all levels in the school to ensure the best possible outcomes for pupils.  We are uncompromising in our ambition for school...

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School Gateway

Friday, 22 September 2017

The new school year is a good time to remind parents of School Gateway, a service designed to make communication with parents easier, faster and more effective. This means that we can share information with parents more quickly via email, text, online and the School Gateway smartphone app. The...

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Early School Closure for Pupils on Wednesday 27 September

Friday, 22 September 2017

The school will close to pupils at 1.20pm on Wednesday 27 September.  School buses will collect pupils from school at 1.30pm after an early lunch.  Parents, please contact school without delay if this early closure causes you childcare problems.  Pupils who are unable to get home may remain in...

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Open Day, Saturday 7 October, 11.00am – 1.30pm

Friday, 22 September 2017

Everyone is invited to see the school at work at our Open Day.  Find out about what the school has to offer your child: high academic achievement; excellent teaching; superb learning facilities; many clubs, sports and activities; pastoral care. See our gifted pupils in action.  Meet our highly...

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School Buses

Friday, 22 September 2017

Have you applied for your child’s two school buses passes yet?  All pupils using the school buses must carry and produce a yellow boarding pass every day and travel on the school bus indicated on this pass.  Failure to produce a boarding pass will prevent access to the school bus.  In addition,...

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See the School in Action, Wednesday 11 October, 9.30am and 11.30am

Friday, 22 September 2017

Parents of pupils currently in primary schools are invited to see our pupils and staff in action on a typical working day.  Two guided tours will take place at 9.30am and 11.30am.  Please book your place by ringing Mrs Martland on 887 3240.


Year 7 Mass of Welcome, Wednesday 27 September

Friday, 22 September 2017

Parents of Year 7 pupils are asked to note that the Mass of Welcome for Year 7 pupils will take place at 7.00pm in the school Hall on Wednesday 27 September.  This is a family event and you are very welcome to bring members of your family with you.  Year 7 pupils should attend the evening in...

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Year 7 Days of Recollection

Friday, 22 September 2017

Year 7 pupils are looking forward to their Day of Recollection at Otley Cricket Club next week. The purpose of this Day of Recollection is to give our pupils an opportunity to grow in their understanding and appreciation of faith and spirituality.  A voluntary contribution of £20 is requested to...

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