All parents and carers of pupils starting Year 7 in September are invited to an Information Evening on Monday 16 July, the main purpose of which is to share information about your child’s move to Cardinal Heenan and to outline the way in which you need to be involved in your child’s education here.  The evening has three stages.

Display and Sale of School Uniform 5.30pm – 6.30pm

The new school uniform will be on sale and on display from 5.30pm onwards.

Welcome: 6.00pm – 6.30pm

Enrolment will take place from 6.00pm onwards in the Sports Hall.  Please pre-order and pre-pay for a Pupil Planner (£3.00).  A Maths Pack (£7.00) will be available to purchase from the registration desk in the Sports Hall.  Light refreshments will be served.  You will be able to view and order the school uniform until 6.30pm.

Meeting for Parents: 6.30pm School Hall

The formal part of the evening will be a meeting for all parents and carers of our new pupils in the School Hall, commencing at 6.30pm.  This will take no longer than 40 minutes.

This is an evening for parents and carers only.  We are asking you NOT to bring your child, who will have already met staff and other members of the tutor group on the Familiarisation Day.  Please do not bring any children to this meeting for parents.


Download the New year 7 Recommended Reading List Here

It is a requirement that all pupils wear the school uniform.  Our uniform suppliers are The School Uniform Shop and APC Clothing.  The school’s expectations and uniform requirements may be found in the Dress for Success booklet here

Next Friday, 20 July, we will mark the end of another successful year with a Mass of Thanksgiving for the whole school.  Pupils will not be required to bring school bags on the last day of term. Please note the early closure.  School buses will leave at 1.25pm.

Pupils who attend our Science Club at lunchtimes have written and produced the first issue of Argon, their new science magazine.  Congratulations to all our young scientists in Years 7 to 10 on an entertaining, informative, erudite publication.  Editor Ciara Aveyard, Year 10, rightly describes the pupils involved as ‘a team of passionate, curious and questioning scientists’.  The first issue contains an interview with a particle physicist, updates on recent scientific research and articles on the human brain, the ethics of stem cell research, water bears and an introduction to ‘The Weird and Wonderful World of Synaesthesia’ by Year 7 pupil Hannah Ponting, complete with cartoons.  The issue includes a ‘ridiculously hard’ scientific crossword, reviews of scientific books, a recipe for home-made ice cream and some good jokes.  A copy is attached.  Special thanks to Dr Castelino who finds time to coordinate all this activity during her lunch break.


 The full copy of issue one may be downloaded here.

More than 1,700 primary school pupils from 25 Leeds schools took part in Go Run for Fun at Cardinal Heenan on Thursday 28 June.  Go Run for Fun is an international campaign set up to inspire children to be more active through fun short-distance running events. The runs aim to inspire young people to lead healthier, more active lives.  Olympic track cyclist Jess Varnish started the Cardinal Heenan event following a lively warm-up session. 

One of our school governors, Mr McQuillen-Strong, an organiser of the event, was quoted in the press: “Pupils are inspired by joining the thousands of other pupils to enjoy a challenging run.  From experience we know that enabling children to participate together in a mass fun event can raise a passion and determination to get out and run again, and it’s a wonderful chance for children in the area, who may never enter a competitive event, to develop a healthy mind-set and enjoy taking part in future activities.”

Our pupils and staff, led by Mr Hayden, the PE staff team and pupils in our Sports Captains Club, took a variety of roles as marshals and helpers.  We received hugely positive feedback from the large numbers of pupils, participants and visitors involved.  It was a wonderful, memorable day and one of the highlights of the school year.  Special thanks to Mr McQuillen-Strong on a considerable achievement.

 Olympic cyclist Jess Varnish, our special guest, is pictured with Myles, officially the 250,000th finisher of a Go Run for Fun event.


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