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

Former Cardinal Heenan Pupil Becomes University Chancellor

Friday, 20 April 2018

Former Cardinal Heenan Pupil Deborah McAndrew has been appointed as the new Chancellor of Leeds Trinity University.  

Born in Huddersfield, Deborah lived in Leeds throughout her childhood and was a pupil here from 1982 to 1987, in the days when this was a 13-18 school.  After completing A-levels...

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Holy Week Liturgy

Friday, 20 April 2018

It was a privilege to be part of our Holy Week service at the end of last term when 1,000 pupils and staff assembled in our school Sports Hall for a commemoration of The Passion of The Lord and liturgy based on the Easter Triduum. A special thanks to the many pupils who took leadership roles as...

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Golden Owl Emma

Friday, 20 April 2018
Congratulations to Year 7 pupil Emma Kitson who was amongst the winners at this year’s Leeds Young Filmmaker Golden Owl Awards. Emma’s short animation A Message in a Bottle will be shown outdoors on the Leeds Big Screen in Millennium Square.  The Golden Owl Awards celebrate the best new...
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University Debating

Friday, 20 April 2018

Year 11 pupils took part in the world's largest residential schools' debating competition at The University of Durham just before Easter.  Congratulations to Year 11 pupils Joseph Grindrod, Ruby Joseph, Kate McDermott, Molly McWilliams, Sara Mendoza and Una Ward on producing outstanding...

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Festival of Science

Friday, 20 April 2018