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



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School News

Ada, Ada, Ada

Friday, 17 November 2017

A group of girls from Years 9 and 10 visited Leeds Central Library this week for a performance of Ada Ada Ada, a one woman show about the world's first computer programmer.  Ada Lovelace, a mathematician and daughter of the poet Lord Byron, wrote the world’s first complex algorithm in 1843 and...

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Digital Day

Friday, 17 November 2017

Pupils in Year 9 enjoyed BIMA Digital Day on Tuesday 14 November. This is an initiative created by the British Interactive Media Association (BIMA) to introduce pupils to the possibility of embarking on a career in digital industries.  Digital professionals from the Bolser agency in Leeds...

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Book Fair

Friday, 17 November 2017

This term’s book fair will open at lunchtime on Friday 24 November and run until Thursday 30 November, as part of our continuing drive to encourage pupils to read for pleasure.  Over 200 titles will be available including fantasy, thrillers, non-fiction, comedy and lots more.  Prices start from...

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Bus Passes

Friday, 17 November 2017

All pupils using school buses must show a Young Person’s Photocard (half fare pass) to the driver on boarding the bus.  This blue card entitles the traveller to pay half the normal fare.  Service operators have informed the school that pupils without this pass will be charged full fare of £2.40...

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Shoe Box Appeal

Friday, 17 November 2017

This year’s Christmas shoe box appeal gets underway in school next week.  Pupils are being invited to support a vulnerable child, teenager or adult in Leeds this Christmas by donating either individual items or even a whole shoebox.  Suggestions for inclusion are toiletry sets, hats, gloves,...

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Training Day - Monday 27 November

Friday, 17 November 2017

Please remember that Monday 27 November is a staff training day when there will be no school for pupils.  School begins again on the following day at 8.55am. 


Monday, 13 November 2017

November is the Month of the Holy Souls.  Our school’s Book of Remembrance, which lists the names of pupils and staff who have died, lies open in the School Chapel throughout the month as a constant reminder of all the deceased who studied or were employed in our school. 

Services to remember...

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