Former Cardinal Heenan pupil Michael Plygawko, who left us in 2006, has been awarded a First Class Honours degree in English Literature by the University of Durham. Michael, aged 22, is continuing his studies at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he has taken up research council funding and a college scholarship in order to read for an M.Phil in Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Studies.

During his time with Cardinal Heenan, Michael received a Cardinal Heenan Award for Academic Excellence and also founded the school’s debating society.

At Durham, Michael established an international scholarly journal, the Durham English Review, for which he is the inaugural editor. The journal’s first edition included pieces on Charles Dickens, Shakespeare and the language of architecture, with authors from the universities of Princeton, California Berkeley, Cork, Galway and Durham. In an introduction to the journal, Professors Corinne Saunders and Stephen Regan, both of the University of Durham, wrote: ‘We are very proud that Michael Plygawko has launched the Review with such ambition and determination. We wish him well in his endeavours as editor, and we encourage readers everywhere to support the Review and contribute to its lasting success’.

The journal can be read online at www.dur.ac.uk/durham.englishreview, on Google Scholar and in university libraries, including the British Library.


One of our former pupils Tony Doyle, now Professor of Physics at the University of Glasgow, has been in the news. Prof Doyle is one of the scientists at CERN, the European nuclear research institute in Switzerland, who have announced that they have found the Higgs Boson, the particle that gives the Universe its mass. The discovery explains why the galaxies, the stars and planets and indeed we ourselves are as we are. The Higgs Boson is of such significance that has been referred to as the God particle. Professor Doyle was quoted by the BBC explaining: “Multiple independent measurements are pointing consistently to a new particle and, when they are all put together, we get the significant result presented today. The Eagle has landed.”


  Tunnel of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) by Julian H.

Many Cardinal Heenan pupils in Years 8 and 9 have enjoyed sampling the latest novels written by some of the country’s best known authors of children's fiction. The school is a member of The Children's Federation of Reading Groups. Our pupils were asked to read several recently published books and to write critical reviews of them.  Publishers tell us that our pupils' views are taken very seriously by the authors themselves and by the companies which invest heavily in publishing new works. Several portfolios written by Cardinal Heenan pupils will be presented to the winning children's authors at the prestigious literary festival at Hay-on-Wye this year.

Congratulations to Steven Lewis, Harry Cooke, Emily Dee, Murray Wood, Lucy McDermott, Jane Walters, Kaya Mitchell, Hannah Playford, Amy Grieve, Ella Dooley, Emelia Bradbury and Jasmine Webster. This highly valuable education experience was organised and coordinated by Mrs Doyle of our English Department.  I know that parents and students will join me in offering Mrs Doyle our sincere thanks for enabling Cardinal Heenan pupils to participate in one of the world's leading literary festivals.

Mr V Gibbons



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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