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 Iconography in School Chapel

Friday, 16 March 2018

Pupils and staff visiting our School Chapel this week have been greeted by new iconography including an altar crucifix, candleholders and The Stations of the Cross.  This Lent it has been wonderful to see pupils attending Mass on Thursday lunchtimes, The Stations of the Cross on Fridays and our...

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Friday, 16 March 2018

I am really pleased to announce that Cardinal Heenan has begun the process of working towards a Wellbeing Award. This initiative helps to develop effective practice to promote pupils’ emotional wellbeing and good mental health.  It will help us to understand different emotional and mental health...

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GCSE Examinations

Friday, 16 March 2018

It was a pleasure to welcome large numbers of Year 11 students and their parents to our Examination Preparation Information Meeting last evening.  Our examination candidate were given much important information to help them make good use of the forthcoming Easter holiday.  There are 29 school...

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Year 8 Options

Friday, 16 March 2018

Our rescheduled Year 8 Options Information Meeting for pupils and parents takes place next Tuesday evening at 7.00pm.  Option choices forms will be issued to pupils on Monday next week.  Completed forms should be returned by Monday 26 March.

Achievers’ Award

Friday, 16 March 2018

Congratulations to Keyano Heyliger, Year 11, who has been invited to the House of Commons next week for an insight in to the workings of Parliament led by our local MP, Fabian Hamilton.  The event is part of the Black Achievers’ Wings Award.

Book Reviews

Friday, 16 March 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 10 pupil Ella Brownbill, a reading buddy and...

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Dates for The Diary

Friday, 16 March 2018

Tuesday 20 March Year 8 Options Information Meeting for pupils and parents at 7.00pm

Thursday 22 March Year 9 Parents' Evening from 4.00pm to 7.00pm

Thursday 22 March Issue of Progress Reports for pupils in Years 8 & 10

Monday 26 March Year 10 Parents' Evening from 4.00pm to 7.00pm

Tuesday 27...

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