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.   

Austin Bowler, Year 9, has spent 10 days in Serbia after being selected to attend an elite training camp and tournament hosted by the professional basketball team Red Star Belgrade.  Austin travelled with the City of Leeds Under 18 Academy, for whom he plays.  The boys participated in a gruelling schedule but also made time to explore the city of Belgrade and gain an insight into Serbian culture.

Two of our Year 11 pupils, Isaac Coleman and Ciaran Dickinson, are amongst six recruits who have just signed contracts for the Bradford Bulls Under-19 squad.

The newspaper photograph titled ‘Six of the Best’ shows Ciaran Dickinson (far left) and Isaac Coleman (far right).  Bradford Bulls under-16 coach Mark Dunning is pictured centre. 


The signings were announced at the Bull Builder Summer Ball at Odsal Stadium.

Dunning said, "They have done a tough two-year scholarship, but we don't moan about it at this club.  We do things tough for a reason because it creates the character and the person that we are looking for.  These guys have earned the right now to move up to the under-19s.  I am absolutely delighted for them and for their families for the hard work they have put in.”

Of the young players Dunning told the press: "There is a wide variety – some genuine pace, scarily quick, some real creativity and some middle units as well those who are going to do the tough stuff, and there is a great mix and great potential as well."

At the end of term we say goodbye to a number of staff: Mrs Banks is leaving after five years’ service as a highly effective teacher of religious education at Cardinal Heenan.  She has been instrumental in achieving excellent public examination results in RE.  Mrs Wild, Progress Learning Centre Manager since 2016, has helped to pupils in need of additional support and taught the course in BTEC Health and Social Care with dedication.  Mr Dobson, Teacher of Languages, and Mrs Brunton, Teacher of English, have been with us for shorter periods.  Both these have served the school well.  We are grateful for their efforts on behalf of our pupils. 


Last year the school was very fortunate in recruiting an accomplished, gifted, wise, experienced Headteacher, Mr Whelan.  He has brought vision, rigour and managerial expertise to the leadership of our school.  He has been particularly effective in steering the school through a successful Ofsted inspection, introducing significant enhancements to the school curriculum and improving the school’s management of its budget.  Mr Whelan is at home recovering following his recent operation and will begin his retirement in September.  He sends his thanks and very best wishes to parents, pupils, staff and governors for your prayers and good wishes and for support throughout the school year.  Mr Whelan is much admired at Cardinal Heenan.  He has been an enormous force for good in our community.


Mr Gibbons, the school’s longest serving member of staff, is also retiring.  He writes:

‘I began teaching in September 1978 on the first day of what was then the brand new Cardinal Heenan High School.  I have been greatly blessed by spending my whole career in this wonderful school community, from which I have received much more that I have given.  Over the years I have been moved and humbled by the profound goodness of our pupils (across several generations) and by the strong sense of Christian vocation that I have witnessed in so many of the staff, parents and governors alongside whom I have worked. 


‘I am very optimistic about the future of our school.  I have good reason to be.  The teaching force is better qualified, trained and gifted than at any stage in my time here.  I see their commitment, energy and skill advancing the progress of pupils every day.  In September a new leadership team will be at the helm.  My meetings with them of late have convinced me that there is a strong capacity to maintain rising standards.  There are many changes ahead but I have every confidence that the school will manage these well and continue to flourish.’


All our staff leavers go with the thanks and good wishes of the Cardinal Heenan community.


Governors have been very busy in recent months appointing new staff.  Next term we will welcome newcomers: Mr Kelly, Headteacher; Mrs Barnes, Deputy Headteacher; Ms Stockton-Pitt, Assistant Headteacher; Mrs Feasey, Assistant Curriculum Leader for English; Mr Fletcher, Teacher of Science; Miss Wallace, Teacher of Physical Education, and Mrs Wilson, Teacher of Technology. 

Existing staff have been appointed to new roles: Mr Teggart becomes Head of Upper School and Mrs Powell-Wiffen Head of Lower School. 

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