Our Duke of Edinburgh Award expedition has been rescheduled for Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 September, assuming that the heatwave does not last until then! Originally planned for this coming weekend, the postponement is due to the very high temperatures forecast, taking account of advice from Public Health England in such circumstances. Experience gained on the recent practice expedition (pictured) will not be wasted.

The Diocese of Leeds has just released a report following its inspection of the school earlier this month. Under the new, more rigorous inspection framework, the school’s effectiveness in providing Catholic education is judged to be good with outstanding features.  The Catholic life of the school is considered to be outstanding and both collective worship and Religious Education have been rated as good.  The report states that our pupils’ behaviour is very good and often outstanding and that they are very proud and passionate about being part of their multi-cultural community. Pupils are described as ‘kind and considerate, recognising the importance of supporting those in need of their help’.  Our pupils ‘appreciate the positive attitudes of the teachers: they know who to go to if they need anything’.  Systems for the pastoral care of all pupils, including the most vulnerable are described as ‘highly developed with the school clearly demonstrating outstanding commitment to all pupils’.  The quality of teaching and learning within the RE team is judged to be good. Teachers have high expectations of their pupils. 


Work has already begun on addressing areas for development identified in the report including: an increase in the curriculum time dedicated to Religious Education in Years 7 and 8; improving self-evaluation, differentiation and assessment in RE; and developing further opportunities for more pupils to be involved in the planning and leadership of Collective Worship on a more regular basis.


Steve Carey, Chair of Governors, writes “At Cardinal Heenan we are proud of the Catholic ethos that underpins the teaching and development of our pupils. I am delighted that the efforts made by teachers, support staff and governors to provide high quality Catholic education have been recognised by the inspection team.   On behalf of the Governing Body, I would like to thank staff in all they do to support these positive outcomes.  I would also like to assure parents and guardians that the school will continue to strive to deliver an outstanding Catholic education going forward.”

The full report may be downloaded here.

Following the recent consultation new timings of the school day will take effect from the start of the next term on Tuesday 4 September 2018. The changes mean that all lessons will be of one hour’s duration.  There will be no changes to the start of the school day.  School will continue to begin with morning registration or assembly at 8.55am each day for all pupils.  The last lesson of the day will end at 3.20pm.  School bus services will leave the school grounds at 3.30pm, five minutes later than currently.  Currently some lessons which take place in the mornings are of 58 minutes length.  Others last for only 45 minutes.  The new arrangements enable more effective curriculum planning and aid our drive to ensure high standards of achievement for all.

Time Activity Duration
08:55 – 09:10 Registration 15 minutes
09:10 – 10:10 Period 1 60 minutes
10:10 – 11:10 Period 2 60 minutes
11:10 – 11:30 Break 20 minutes
11:30 – 12:30 Period 3 60 minutes
12:30 – 13:30 Period 4 60 minutes
13:30 – 14:20 Lunch 50 minutes
14:20 – 15:20 Period 5 60 minutes

Thank you to the parents who responded to the consultation.  Your views have been considered carefully.

Year 8 pupils took part in residential religious retreats at Sneaton Castle, near Whitby, this week. The programme included many opportunities for reflection and guided meditation. Pupils were involved in discussions, devising and performing a play and a seaside walk. In the evenings they were led in prayer and on the last morning they prepared a marvellous liturgy. The retreat was an opportunity for our students to reflect, pray, make friends and to think about their futures. Many thanks to Mrs Holder, Visit Leader, Mr Dobson and Miss Burns for spending nights away from their families to share such a special time with the pupils. The staff at Sneaton Castle praised our pupils for their high levels of commitment and excellent behaviour throughout the visits.

Staff from Notre Dame came into school to give sample GCE A-level lessons in Religious Studies to Year 10 pupils this week.  It was a fun and informative way of learning more about philosophy and theology at sixth form.  Mrs Herring and Mrs Coyle from the Religious Studies department at Notre Dame gave a very engaging presentation which helped pupils to think at a deeper level about some of the 'bigger questions' in life.  RE departments here and at Notre Dame look forward to working closely together to enhance progression of learning in the subject.

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