Golden Jubilee

Were you a pupil or member of staff at any of the schools here at Tongue Lane?


If so, we have great pleasure in informing you of our plans to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of 50 years of dedicated Catholic Education on this site.


St Thomas Aquinas and St John Bosco schools opened their doors for the first time in September 1961 and were officially opened by the Bishop of Leeds in June 1962.  The two schools merged to form a 13-18 high school, Cardinal Heenan in September of 1978.  This became an 11-16 school in 1990.


We will be organizing a series of events over the coming months. This will culminate in an evening mass followed by a buffet and musical entertainment. We will keep you informed as events are confirmed.

If you have any amusing memories or anecdotes, scanned photos, artifacts (including old uniforms) which could be used in a celebration booklet or Jubilee Celebration displays, we would be pleased to hear from you or receive your memorabilia!

Mrs Eunice King is coordinating the event in school and can be contacted via email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at the school address.

We would also be very grateful if you could support or sponsor us in any way.

Golden Jubilee

Former Cardinal Heenan pupil Gabby Logan is the first Chancellor Leeds Trinity University (pictured here with Joseph Stephenson, Year 9.)

Gabby was the first female presenter of a live football match and the first woman to host BBC’s Match of the Day. She covered the London 2012 Olympic Games for the BBC and also presents a new BBC Saturday Night show later this year.

Gabby Logan

As a Cardinal Heenan pupil in the 1980s, Gabby Yorath was amongst the first group of our pupils to move on to Notre Dame Catholic Sixth Form College, following the 1989 reorganisation of Catholic education in Leeds.  She then went on to take a law degree at the University of Durham before beginning a glittering media career.

Leeds Trinity University was granted university status last December.  It was founded in 1966, as Trinity & All Saints College

All the Yorath children, Gabby, Louise, Daniel and Jordan, were pupils here at Cardinal Heenan. Many will remember Danny, an exceptionally gifted footballer who was signed on as a member of the Leeds United junior squad, whilst still at school. He died of a rare heart condition whilst a pupil on roll here.  Danny is remembered each year in the Daniel Yorath Football Tournament, played with our sister school, Cardinal Heenan Sports College, Liverpool.

Joseph Ruane with Gabby Logan Gabby is pictured here with Cardinal Heenan pupils and Leeds Cathedral choristers, Joseph Ruane, left, and Joshua Payapulli at the installation.


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Cardinal Heenan Pupils meet Dalai Lama


 Pupils at Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School, met the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner on Friday 15 June.   The internationally renowned leader held a meeting with Cardinal Heenan students after he addressed delegates on business and ethics at the Yorkshire International Business Convention.  The pupils were guests at the Leeds conference after winning a competition.

Curriculum Leader for Geography, Mrs Victoria Wragg, said: “It was a once in a lifetime opportunity for our pupils.  They were greatly moved when the Dalai Lama urged everyone to take action on child poverty.”

In discussion with Cardinal Heenan students the Dalai Lama said that the issue of child hunger was the personal responsibility of every human being.  He said “There is no ‘them’. There is no ‘us’. It is just ‘we’.

In an address to hundreds of delegates at the convention, the Dalai Lama criticised the Chinese government's "immoral" censorship

He said: "All 1.3 billion Chinese people have every right to know the reality.  Then they will have the ability to judge what is right and what is wrong and what is good and what is bad.”

The Dalai Lama left the stage to a standing ovation after placing white sashes around the shoulders of TV presenter Clare Balding, who compeered the event, and Leeds North East MP Fabian Hamilton, chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Tibet.


Cardinal Heenan pupils Joseph Stephenson, aged 13, front left, and Matthew Forbes, 15, front right, are pictured with the Dalai Lama.

Photograph by Victoria Wragg 


Auschwitz Survivor Visits Cardinal Heenan

Monday 31 October 2011

A survivor of the Auschwitz concentration camp, Eva Schloss, visited pupils at Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School, Leeds, on Monday 31 October. She answered pupils’ questions after they watched an award winning play about her life.  

Eva Schloss, now 82, was freed from Auschwitz in 1945 at the end of the Second World War. 

Eva Schloss is the step-sister of Anne Frank, one of the most well known victims of the Holocaust.  Anne Frank’s Diary has become one of the world's most widely read books. 

Professional actors performed ‘And Then They Came for Me’ at Cardinal Heenan.  The play was set in Germany during World War II, when six million European Jews were killed by the Nazis.  The performance weaved video interviews of Holocaust survivors, including Eva Schloss, with live actors recreating scenes from the war.  Over one million people were put to death in the Auschwitz camp. 

The Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Reverend Alan Taylor, was a guest at the performance.

Eva said: “I am pleased that the play was performed at Cardinal Heenan.  Unfortunately, many young people do not know very much about what happened in the last century, how hatred and prejudice prevented people from resisting evil.  We are trying to prevent a repetition of such horrors by knowledge of what happened then.”

Cathie Brown, Assistant Headteacher at Cardinal Heenan said, “It was a great honour for Cardinal Heenan pupils to meet Eva and a real coup for the school to host such an acclaimed play with a cast of actors from across the world.  Its impact resonated strongly with our pupils.”

The play was recently performed in Beijing, China, and travelled to parliaments around the world during November.  The Northern Ireland Assembly will be hosting the show later this year with a Catholic and Protestant cast

A direct descendent of the Chinese philosopher Confucius took the lead role in the play.  James Kong, a London based actor, is the 79th direct descendent of the famous Chinese philosopher.   Kong joined British, Dutch, Israeli and Australian cast members. ‘And Then They Came for Me’ was written by American playwright James Still.


Eva Schloss and The Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Reverend Alan Taylor, pictured with pupils Joe Myland and Beth Kay.  Photo by Ben Taylor.



Pupils at Cardinal Heenan are being challenged to take part in a world record bid to create the longest string of bunting.

They are taking part in Fairtrade Fortnight, which runs from February 28 to March 13. 

The Fairtrade Foundation is attempting to break a world record for the longest continual piece of bunting.  The bid is part of a campaign to highlight how Fairtrade cotton protects the livelihoods of farmers in West Africa and India.  The theme of this year’s event is ‘Show off Your Label’, with a focus on cotton.

The Cardinal Heenan Fairtrade Group is backing the challenge by designing their own bunting using bunting kits.

All the bunting that is created from schools across the country will then be gathered together and sent off to the Fairtrade Foundation in April for their world record-breaking attempt.

Rebecca Whitford, a teacher at Cardinal Heenan, said: “The support for Fairtrade amongst pupils here at Cardinal Heenan is constantly growing.  As a result, this year’s Fairtrade Fortnight looks set to be our best yet, with a huge range of events offering something for everyone.  In particular we really want to back the world record attempt to create the world’s longest string of bunting.

“There are lots of fun things to do with friends in school whilst learning about fair trade issues.  The aim is to raise the profile of Fairtrade which ensures that farmers and producers get a fairly paid for their work.”

A series of Fairtrade Fortnight events are encouraging people of all ages to get involved.  Events at the school include a football tournament using a Fairtrade football, a poetry completion featuring poetry about world poverty, a Fairtrade coffee morning and the raffle of a Fairtrade hamper.  On ‘Pancake Day’, Tuesday 8 March, pupils will be enjoying pancakes and hot chocolate made with Fairtrade ingredients.  

Miss Whitford said: “Fair trade empowers producers. Fair trade is about achieving better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world.  Fairtrade Fortnight is a great way to do something fun while also helping those in poorer countries.”

The Fairtrade Foundation recently announced that sales of Fairtrade products soared by 40% in 2010 to an estimated retail value of £1.17bn compared with £836m in 2009. The foundation says that UK shoppers are continuing to embrace Fairtrade, showing no downturn on ethical values despite the tough economic times.

For a full list of events running over Fairtrade Fortnight online visit:

If you are interested in taking part in the record attempt, packs of blank Fairtrade bunting are available from the Fairtrade website.

Pupils making Fairtrade buntingMembers of Cardinal Heenan Fairtrade GroupPupils making Fairtrade bunting

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