Year 11 students and parents please note that the Year 11 Prom has been booked for the evening of Thursday 21 June 2018 at the Mercure Leeds Parkway Hotel.
The start of a new academic year is always an exciting time in school and it was a great pleasure to welcome pupils on Tuesday, especially our new Year 7 pupils as they begin their secondary education. The enthusiasm, good behaviour and excellent standards of uniform shown by our pupils do you credit as parents and carers.
It is now my privilege to lead Cardinal Heenan as a modern school embracing a strong Catholic ethos, commitment to high academic standards and respect for all. My aims as Headteacher will be to ensure that this is a happy, secure, caring Catholic school where pupils are cherished and challenged to achieve. A love of learning will be inspired by high quality teaching which develops individual strengths and talents. Staff will encourage and celebrate creativity, original thinking, imagination, effort and achievement. We will teach the importance of moral values and showing consideration for others.
In the short time I have been here I have been hugely impressed by our students. They have been courteous, polite, well-mannered and focused on their studies. The commitment of all the staff, (teaching, associate staff, the site team and catering team) towards achieving excellence has been equally impressive. It is my role to harness the talents of all those who work in this community, so that our students can be the best that they can be. The way that we can achieve this is to ensure that everyone has high expectations of themselves and others.
My priorities are to ensure that your children experience: intellectually challenging teaching; a work-centred environment; high standards consistently applied in the classroom; clear rules governing behaviour; homework for all pupils set regularly; marking of pupils' work promptly and constructively by teachers; regular formal examination practice; frequent monitoring of progress; defined academic goals; strong partnership with parents; extra-curricular activities and enrichment.
The school builds upon the standards set by parents. In maintaining and further raising standards, we look for your continued support. Your vital role in the education of your children is very much appreciated.
Governors have been active in recruiting highly gifted teams of well-qualified subject teachers and specialist staff. I am delighted to welcome the following new staff to Cardinal Heenan: Mr A Wickremaratne, Curriculum Leader for Religious Education; Miss Bell, Mrs Brunton and Miss Deedigan Teachers of English; Miss Griffiths, Assistant Curriculum Leader for Mathematics; Mr Brayshaw, Miss Mawer and Miss H Schiedermeier, Teachers of Mathematics; Dr Casttelino, Dr Chugg and Mr Henderson, Teachers of Science; Mr Molloy, Teacher of History; Mr Dobson, Teacher of Languages; Mr Milligan, Music Instructor; and Year Managers Mr Birtles and Mrs Price. Following their recent weddings, Miss Barnes, Chaplaincy Co-ordinator, has become Mrs Holder and Miss Scott is now Mrs Millington. Several staff were privileged to attend the ordination of Fr Joshua Hilton, our new Priest Chaplain, during the summer. It was my pleasure to welcome him to the school on Wednesday when he met staff and pupils. He will be actively involved in shaping Chaplaincy and the Catholic Life of the school in the coming weeks. I congratulate staff on significant promotions to important roles: Mrs. Welbourne and Mrs. Powell Wiffen have joined School Leadership as Assistant Headteachers. Mr R O’Flanagan, Director of Science, and Mr Mangan, Director of Mathematics, have become Associate Assistant Headteachers. Mr Easter becomes a Literacy Co-ordinator. All took up their new duties at the start of term.
Congratulations to the 2016-17 cohort of Year 11 students who have just achieved the best ever results at this school. The percentage of pupils gaining good passes (A*-C) in five subjects including English and Maths (at the new grades 9-4) is 76%, a rise of 13% on last year. 79% achieved a good pass in both English and Maths, a 15% rise since 2016. The school is anticipating a very positive Progress 8 score, the new value added headline measure that takes over from 5A*–C including English and Maths this year, though the final score will not be known for several weeks yet.
For the first time this year new top grades in English and Maths (9, 8 and 7) replace the previous top two (A* and A). Only the top 3% of pupils nationally have been awarded a new ‘super’ grade 9.
Joseph Laverty, Alexandra Cserna and Madeline Rose are amongst the school’s top performers. Joseph passed all his GCSE subjects at the top grades including the new super grade 9s in English Language, English Literature and Maths and six subjects at Grade A* (including Biology, Chemistry and Physics).
Alexandra Cserna gained the super 9 in Mathematics and English plus a further seven A* grades. Madeline Rose achieved super 9s in Mathematics and English and six A*s. Both girls achieved the top A* grade in all three sciences.
Four pupils, Eamon Boyle-Smith, Alexandra Cserna, Joseph Laverty and Madeline Rose, passed 10 subjects at the top grades (A* and A), as well as passing English and Maths at the super grade 9.
14 pupils have passed 10 subjects at top grades A* or A, or equivalent. They are Eamon Boyle-Smith, Freyja Bradshaw, Happiness Chinembiri, Wiktoria Cieslak, Louis Connell, Katie Rose Crowe, Alexandra Cserna, Siobhan Doherty, Joseph Hemsworth, Darragh Kennedy, Matthew Kerrigan, Joseph Laverty, Madeline Rose and Scarlet Rowe.
Cardinal Heenan has improved on last year’s GCSE results and has further increased its positive gap with national results. 29% of all grades achieved at Cardinal Heenan were awarded A*-A (9% above national). Our strong position compares very well to a national picture of fewer high grades, including top grades dropping for the fifth consecutive year.
Results List 2017
J Agyei 10 (5) ; Z Ahmed 10 (5) ; I Angstmann 10 (10) ; K Armstrong 10 (3) ; T Arrowsmith 10 (10) ; A Arthur 10 (9) ; A Asimah 11 (10) ; E Attebrah 10 (8) ; C Avila Gonzalez 10 (10) ; E Avila Gonzalez 10 (10) ; J Avila Gonzalez 10 (6) ; D Bolton 10 (5) ; H Booth 10 (3) ; K Boyd 10 (9) ; E Boyle-Smith 10 (10) ; F Bradshaw 10 (10) ; N Brady 10 (10) ; T Brennan 10 (10) ; L Carney 10 (10) ; G Castellanos 10 (10) ; H Chinembiri 10 (10) ; W Cieslak 11 (11) ; D Clement 10 (10) ; T Collier 10 (5) ; K Collins 10 (5) ; L Connell 10 (10) ; D Coverley 10 (10) ; E Craggs 10 (10) ; K Crowe 10 (10) ; A Cserna 10 (10) ; S Cunha E Costa 11 (10) ; T Dagnall 10 (9) ; J Dee 10 (9) ;J Denison 10 (4) ; A Dickinson 10 (10) ; S Doherty 10 (10) ; B Donohoe 10 (8) ; P Dooley 10 (7) ; N Duffy 10 (9) ; H Facun 10 (10) ; E Fahy 10 (10) ; S Ferguson 10 (10) ; J Fitzpatrick 10 (10) ; W Gerona 10 (10) ; S Gibson 10 (9) ; L Greaney 10 (10) ; M Gwara 10 (9) ; H Halmshaw 10 (9) ; J Harland 10 (10) ; E Harris 10 (10) ; A Harrison 10 (10) ; J Hemsworth 10 (10) ; K Herbert 10 (8) ; E Hornshaw 10 (10) ; A Hu 10 (10) ; M Kalinda 9 (8) ; R Kaur Landa 10 (10) ; D Kennedy 10 (10) ; M Kerrigan 10 (10) ; A Khan 10 (10) ; C Kimambo 10 (9) ; S King 10 (10) ; K Kruk 11 (11) ; J Laverty 10 (10) ; M Lawlan 10 (9) ; C Leeds 10 (9) ; N Lesiak 10 (10) ; O Lyons 9 (5) ; R Magill 10 (10) ; N Maloney 10 (9) ; C Masvaure 10 (4) ; J McClean 10 (5) ; M Mcleish 10 (9) ; B McManus 10 (6) ; R Mellor 10 (10) ; J Mercer 10 (10) ; A Midgley 10 (10) ; M Molloy 10 (7) ; D Murphy 10 (10) ; C Murray 10 (9) ; E Murray 10 (10) ; M Nadeem 10 (10) ; K Naughton 10 (10) ; L Ndlovu 10 (7) ; L Nowosielska 10 (10) ; S Ntiamoah 10 (7) ; R O'Brien 10 (10) ; H O'Brien 10 (7) ; S O'Hara 10 (10) ; J Opuni 10 (6) ; P O'Reilly 10 (8) ; M O'Reilly 10 (8) ; L Partridge 10 (10) ; E Paul 10 (10) ; O Phiri 10 (5) ; J Porter Reynolds 10 (2) ; S Prior 10 (9) ; M Rahman 10 (10) ; P Ranninger 10 (10) ; F Rea 10 (9) ; M Robinson 10 (9) ; M Rose 10 (10) ; D Rose 10 (5) ; S Rowe 10 (10) ; M Ruane 10 (10) ; A Ruseckaja 9 (3) ; F Ryan-Casey 10 (10) ; R Sajjad 10 (10) ; M Smith 10 (9) ; H Swailes 10 (7) ; A Tarpey 10 (10) ; B Tatler 10 (10) ; J Timms 10 (10) ; D Toher 10 (10) ; J Tosney 10 (4) ; D Townend 10 (10) ; H Walton 10 (10) ; G Wearmouth 10 (10) ; L Wilcock 10 (10) ; O Wilson 10 (10) ; O Young 10 (10)
The number following each name represents the total number of GCSE passes. The number in brackets shows the passes at grades A*-C or, in maths, English and English Literature, the number of passes at grades 9-4.
At the start of term we moved to a computerised system of recording pupils' achievements and sanctions for behaviour. This allows tutors to see what achievement points they are receiving in their lessons and also any behaviour comments they might get, so that tutors, Achievement Leaders and the behaviour team can support pupils more effectively in their pastoral mentoring role. For details see the updated Behaviour Policy on our school website www.cardinalheenan.com/downloads/Key%20Documents/Policies/Behaviour%20Policy.pdf
Every member of staff has a key role to play in promoting and sustaining the highest standards of behaviour for learning so that each person is encouraged and supported to the highest levels of educational achievement. In the future we plan to make this information available to parents online. More information to follow.