Following the recent consultation, the school has a new Mission Statement, as follows: 

John Carmel Heenan (1905-1975) was Bishop of Leeds, Archbishop of Liverpool and Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster.  This school is a living tribute to a very faithful servant of God.  We are proud to bear his name.

We wear the word Veritas (Truth) on our school blazers in memory of St Thomas Aquinas.  He lived a life of prayer and study which led him to the Dominican Order, whose motto is Veritas.  He sought truth wherever it could be found and burned with the desire to know the one truth, God, which gives meaning to all truths.

The Catholic Christian community at Cardinal Heenan

  • helps pupils to know and understand Jesus Christ
  • forms pupils who live the Catholic faith by prayer, sacraments and service
  • makes learning challenging and enjoyable for all so that we will secure the best outcomes and remain lifelong learners who are committed to seeking truth
  • helps all to learn and grow, treating one another with respect and generosity
  • supports parents as the first and most important educators of our children
  • inspires excellence by encouraging every individual to be the person that God calls us to be, in preparation for this life and the life to come

Thank you to all the pupils, staff, parents and governors who participated in the discussions.

West Yorkshire Combined Authority has just announced that, from the start of next term in September 2018, there will be a fares increase on school bus services contracted by the Combined Authority, including Mybus (yellow bus) services.   On the majority of services, a flat single fare will be charged (regardless of distance travelled). From 3 September, the changes will be as follows: 

Service type Current fare Fare from 3/9/18
Secondary School Mybus £1.10 £1.25
Secondary School Non-Mybus £1.20 £1.25

On a small number of secondary school services, graduated fares are still charged (fare varies by distance travelled) and they currently vary between 70p and £1.50 per trip. With the exception of the £1.50 fare, these will increase by between 5p and 10p depending on the level of the current fare. The £1.50 fare will not increase.

Money-saving Myday (£2.60) and Under 19 weekly (£10) and monthly (£37) MCard tickets, which can be used on all West Yorkshire bus services, are also available on these services.

Combined Authority will publish this information on their website,, shortly and will be informing parents about the increase in the letter that will accompany their child’s pass in August.  Questions should be addressed to: Debra Bagley, Contracts and Operations Team Leader, West Yorkshire Combined Authority, Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (the LEP), Wellington House, 40-50 Wellington Street, Leeds.  LS1 2DE Tel: 251 7427 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

GCSE results will be available in school from 10.00am on Thursday 23 August.  Where parents have requested that results are sent by post, these will be posted by first class mail on publication day, Thursday 23 August.  GCSE results will NOT be issued to telephone callers under any circumstances.  All Year 11 students and their parents are invited to a Presentation Evening in School at 7.30pm on Thursday 22 November when GCSE certificates will be presented.  We look forward to seeing our former students and their parents in November for what is always one of the happiest evenings in the school calendar.

The Year 7 cricket team has finished top of the Leeds cricket league after travelling to second placed Roundhay High School for the playoff final last Friday. 


Having beaten teams such as GSAL and Allerton High along the way, the boys were in good form going in to the match.  After winning the toss and electing to field, 10 different bowlers held Roundhay to 83-9 from twenty overs, with team captain Will Isle starring with two wickets from his two overs for only six runs.  In the second innings, Cardinal Heenan reached the total after 14 overs with the loss of two wickets.


Abdul Chaudhry hit 40 runs not out, taking him top of the batting averages and capping off a magnificent season.  He has hit 260 runs in 11 games this season whilst representing the Year 7, 8 and 9 teams with a batting average of 32.5 runs a game.  This is closely matched by Archie Farrell-Smith who has scored 186 runs in 11 innings with an average of 26.57 runs a game and a school record high score of 51 not out. Back in May the pair had a 132 run partnership against Allerton High, another school record.  Abdul won the bowling averages with an economy rate of 2.46 runs an over and an average of 5.33 runs per wicket.  Sam Neep, Will Isle and Thomas Winteringham finished second, third and fourth respectively. 


The Year 7 league win capped off an impressive season of cricket at Cardinal Heenan, with the Year 8s reaching the Yorkshire Cup final last week in a game they lost to a strong South Craven School team.  Many thanks to Mr Edney for coaching these record-breaking school sides.

Congratulations to three of our pupils who have been performing at The Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh, and at Leeds Art Gallery this month.  Kathryn Swallow, Year 7, Bronte McCann, Year 8, and Connor Clark, Year 9, are members of Opera North Young Voices.  The ensemble presented Songs and Scenes, a concert based on a Shakespearian theme.  Our pupils performed scenes from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, Romeo and Juliet and Twelfth Night.  The musical numbers were based on Opera North’s recent touring production of the hit musical Kiss Me Kate.  The three also took to the stage at Leeds Town Hall in May for Berlioz’s Damnation of Faust, a work for four solo voices, full seven-part chorus, large children's chorus and orchestra.  All three attend weekly rehearsals at Yorkshire Dance in St Peter’s Square, Leeds.   

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