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

Visit to Iceland

Friday, 25 May 2018

A group of 22 pupils and staff set off from school after dark last night on a visit to Iceland.  They flew from Gatwick to Reykjavik this morning before beginning a hectic tour of mountains, volcanoes, rivers, lakes, and caves.  Highlights include trips to The Bridge between Two Continents at...

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Good Shepherd Fundraising

Friday, 25 May 2018

Year 7 pupils presented a cheque for £1,500 to Bishop Marcus at a ceremony in Leeds Cathedral.  The sum was raised during Lent by a variety of imaginative ventures.  Many thanks to all pupils and parents who contributed.  The monies will help Catholic Care to look after disadvantaged families,...

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Construction

Friday, 25 May 2018

Pupils in Years 9 and 10 enjoyed a Give Construction a Try event at The John Charles Centre for Sport in The South Leeds Stadium.  The 25 pupils met over 30 employers in the industry and sampled architecture, town planning and engineeering activities.  They also had a go at bricklaying,...

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Sporting Success

Friday, 25 May 2018

Year 7 pupils Abdul Chaudray and Archie Farrell-Smith have been gaining plaudits since the start of the cricket season.  To date Archie has scored 51 runs from 44 balls and Abdul 47 from 48.  Notable performances included Abdul’s unbeaten 25 and retirement in the Yorkshire Cup, as well Archie’s...

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Dates for Your Diaries

Friday, 25 May 2018

Please note key dates from the school’s calendar for 2018-19 below:

 

Holiday School Closes School Opens
Summer Friday 20 July 2018 at 1.20pm Tuesday 4 September 2018
Autumn mid-term Friday 26 October 2018 Monday 5 November 2018
Christmas Friday 21 December 2018 at 1.20pm Monday 7...
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Book Review

Friday, 25 May 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 9 pupil Caitlin Pigott.  Caitlin has represented...

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Mr Whelan

Friday, 18 May 2018

Steve Carey, Chair of Governors, writes:

I am writing to let you know that our interim Head Teacher, Mr Whelan, has been diagnosed with a condition that is likely to mean that he will be absent from school for the rest of the term.  Everyone at the school wishes Mr Whelan a speedy recovery.  I...

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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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