Former Year 11 pupils and their parents, members of staff and governors will be attending our annual Presentation Evening on Thursday 2 November in the School Hall.  Our former pupils are asked to register from 7.00pm onwards to enable a prompt start at 7.30pm.  This year’s guest speaker is also one of our former pupils: Richard Burgon, now MP for Leeds East, Shadow Secretary of State for Justice and Shadow Lord Chancellor.  Richard  was a pupil here from 1992 to 1997.  He read English at St John’s College, Cambridge.

I would like to thank everyone in the Cardinal Heenan community, pupils, staff, parents and governors, for the warm welcome I have received over this half term.  It is a great privilege to be part of a school which is built upon an ethos of achievement, support and care for all.

The school closes for the autumn half term break this afternoon and re-opens to pupils at 8.55am on Monday 30 October.  Enjoy the holiday!

I felt privileged to be part of the Cardinal Heenan Open Day last Saturday.  I have worked in many schools over a long careeer, yet I have never been part of such a vibrant, joyous, active school occasion. Over 1,000 visitors came through our doors and were welcomed by 250 pupil guides and helpers.  It was a thrilling occasion which will stay long in my memory.

Feedback was very pleasing, with parents commenting positively on our articulate, enthusiastic pupils, helpful staff and the strong community spirit here.  Many parents also came to the tours of the school last Wednesday. Thank you for your support.

The government’s new interim school performance tables were published yesterday.  Cardinal Heenan is placed in the top 18% of schools nationally by the key Progress 8 measure.  This splendid outcome is a consequence of the strong partnership of pupils, parents and staff.  It results from a great deal of hard work by all involved.

For a simple guide to this new performance measure click here to see Progress 8 (explained in 3 minutes)

Parents of children now in Year 6 at primary school who wish to apply for a place for their child at Cardinal Heenan next September should apply online now at

A completed Supplementary Information Form (SIF) is also required. Click here to download SIF. SIFs should be returned here to Cardinal Heenan or to your child’s primary school, no later than 31 October 2017.  Applications received after this date will be classified as late.  Apply now.

Full details of the applications process are available on our school website Admissions 2018 page

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