Cardinal Heenan pupils were given the red carpet treatment last Friday when they were reserved front row seats for the installation of our former pupil Deborah McAndrew as the new Chancellor of Leeds Trinity University. Dignitaries from across the region attended the installation ceremony at the university’s chapel, including Deputy Lieutenant Ed Anderson, representative of Her Majesty the Queen; the Lord Mayor of Leeds; the Bishop of Leeds Marcus Stock; Coun Graham Latty; and Isla Bentley, the Leeds Children’s Mayor. Our pupils joined in the celebrations which included a performance from Leeds Trinity Cathedral Children’s Choir and a Yorkshire-themed lunch.
Deborah was a pupil here from 1982 to 1987, in the days when this was a 13-18 school. After completing A-levels at Cardinal Heenan she moved on to a degree in Drama at The University of Manchester. She trained as a teacher before embarking on a successful career as a writer and actor in theatre, television and radio. She co-founded Claybody Theatre Company in Stoke-on-Trent, where she is currently Creative Director. She has performed and published plays including original work, such as the World War One drama An August Bank Holiday Lark which won the National Theatre Award for the Best New Play of 2014. Beginning her acting career in the 1990s on the cobbles of Coronation Street, where she played Weatherfield regular Angie Freeman, Deborah appears regularly in BBC Radio Drama. Her theatre credits include work for London and regional theatres, and national touring.
Deborah paid tribute to her old school at the ceremony in an address which reiterated a passionate commitment to Catholic education and its impact in opening doors for all who wish to succeed. She follows on in the role of Chancellor from another former Cardinal Heenan pupil, BBC Sports presenter Gabby Logan.
Year 9 Art pupils visited the Yorkshire Sculpture Park on Wednesday 20 June. The day included a guided tour and a sculpture workshop with artist Vicki Scott. Our pupils gained valuable insights into the sculptures of Italian artist Giuseppe Penone, which they are studying as part of their coursework. Gallery staff and artists praised our pupils’ exemplary behaviour and ‘deep understanding’ of the art works seen.
Congratulations to Year 11 pupil Ese Ogieva on being selected for the English School Athletics Team to take part in an international event at Alexander Stadium, Birmingham, next month.