Year 8 pupil Chloe Eyre finished a challenge to swim the equivalent of the English Channel at her local John Smeaton Pool in Seacroft. She was taking part in the St Gemma's Swim The Channel pool challenge where she swam 21 miles (1,344 lengths of the pool) over 12 weeks. She has raised £538.75 so far for St Gemma's Hospice.  Tara Bean, of St Gemma’s Hospice, said: “All money raised will help us to care for more local people with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses, as well as providing support to the whole family.”  Congratulations to Chloe on a very impressive achievement. To sponsor her and raise money for St Gemma’s visit

Chloe is a ‘rookie’ lifeguard and a member of the speed squad at John Smeaton Leisure Centre.

The school’s Art department has compiled a presentation to showcase the range of artistic and creative talent amongst our Year 11 GCSE Art candidates.  Our pupils and their teachers share a sense of pride and achievement on seeing all the Art work together at the end of the GCSE course. The Art produced by Year 11 this year looks particularly strong and vibrant, both in the students’ final pieces and in their sketchbooks which document their ideas, research and observations. Click here to download presentation.

Please note key dates from the school’s calendar for 2017-18 below:


Staff training days will be held on Monday 4 September 2017, Monday 27 November 2017 and Monday 19 February 2018.  The school will close early for pupils (1.30pm) on Wednesday 27 September, Friday 6 October 2017, Wednesday 17 January 2018 and Tuesday 26 June 2018 to facilitate staff training.  Open Day for prospective pupils, their parents and families will take place on Saturday 7 October 2017 from 11.00am to 1.30pm.

Former Cardinal Heenan pupil Clare Devine, who left us in 2014, has been listed as one of the top 25 most ambitious and exciting young women (under 30) making an impact in technology and entrepreneurship.  The Code First Girls organisation has included Clare, aged 19, in its 2017 “Ones to Watch” list.  The former Heenan pupil was selected on the basis of her ‘impressive and wide reaching impact in the sector’.  Rupinder Garcha, Programmes Manager at Code First writes, ‘These women represent the amazing home grown tech talent in the UK. Watch out for these future leaders!’  Clare, a computer programmer for Sky, works on software development in Leeds, London and Scotland and has been involved in helping numerous start-up businesses.  Congratulations to Claire on a truly impressive achievement 

Former Cardinal Heenan pupil Sophie Gallo has been awarded a first class honours degree in Animation production by the Arts University Bournemouth (AUB).  Following her success at university Sophie has been recruited as a professional cartoonist by the Cartoon Network television channel and begins her working career in Stuttgart next month.  Sophie is pictured here with her mum on Results Day in 2014, after passing 14 GCSE subjects at the top grades, including A stars in French, German and Italian.  Congratulations to Sophie on another notable success.

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