Mr Carey, Chair of Governors, writes: I am writing on behalf of the Governing Body to let parents and guardians know that we have started the process to recruit a full-time Headteacher.  The advert has now been placed and we are looking to interview candidates at the end of January 2018.

The Governing Body is clear that Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School has the potential to be an outstanding school and we are looking for a dynamic and successful leader who can help us achieve this ambition in the near future.  As we know from previous experience, recruiting a new Headteacher is not always straightforward.  However, we believe that advertising early and promoting the brilliant academic results of the school – across the range of pupils – will help attract the right standard of candidate and mean we can secure the best outcome for the school.

Recruiting early also means we can ensure a smooth transition from the current Headteacher, Mr Whelan, to the new Headteacher.  Mr Whelan, who agreed to lead the school for this academic year while we recruit a new Headteacher, brings great experience and expertise to the Leadership of the school and is committed to working with us to achieve the best handover possible.

We are confident that we will be successful in getting the right Headteacher and will keep you updated as we go along.

All pupils and staff will take part in 30 minutes of dedicated Drop Everything and Read (DEAR) time on Friday 15 December. Please remind your child to bring a book into school on the day.

Thank you to everyone who bought books, stationery and posters from our Book Fair in November.  The event raised £367 in new books for the school library.  These will soon be available for borrowing in a special ‘new arrivals’ section of the library.  Our Librarian Miss Burns has been able to purchase most of the titles nominated by students during the book fair.  Miss Burns and Miss Gallagher, Literacy Coordinator, were delighted to see so many students talking about books and reading at the recent Year 7 tutor evening.  It is pleasing to see the whole school community sharing enthusiasm for literature.  Special thanks to the family of former pupils Emily and Joseph Dee who have made a large donation of books to the school library.  These will be of great benefit to our current pupils.

The procedures for letting visitors into school have been reviewed and strengthened in order to ensure that all our pupils continue to be safe throughout the school day.  From today anyone who wishes to gain access to the building via the visitor entrance must state their name and business using the wall-mounted intercom outside the Reception entrance.  Reception staff will ask questions to verify a visitor’s identity before releasing the locked doors to give access to the Reception corridor inside the school building.  Most visitors will remain in this locked corridor or adjacent interview rooms throughout their visit.  Visitors admitted to the main school during the working day will be accompanied by staff throughout the visit.

On Saturday 2 December Marella Tiona, Jessica Chang, Chloe Ruane, Branadine Gyimah, Kamile Kozlovskaja and Vanessa Nartey volunteered at St Vincent’s Christmas grotto where local children had the chance to meet Santa, receive a gift and enjoy a mini Christmas fair. The event was attended by hundreds of children and their families. The volunteers from Cardinal Heenan were a credit to the school, helping to welcome visitors and coordinate arrangements. Thank you to pupils and staff who have made donations of money and gifts to the SVP appeal.  Food, clothing and gifts were distributed.  Your further contributions and will help fund hampers, gifts and the St Vincent’s Christmas dinner. Donations will be collected until Thursday 15 December.

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