About Our School

Cardinal Heenan Catholic High is a larger than average school for boys in West Derby, Liverpool. We are a popular and oversubscribed school with an excellent reputation in the sports arena and increasingly in the performing arts.

Our school upholds a traditional Catholic ethos and this is reflected in our school motto – 'Respect, Believe, Achieve.' These words are prominently displayed throughout the school building and serve as a reminder to students and staff alike of the gospel values that underpin our work.

Teaching and pastoral staff care about our learners and expect high standards of behaviour; the result is a close-knit community which visitors to Cardinal Heenan often remark positively upon.

We are proud to have an active role in the local community, our staff and students raise money for a variety of charities and good causes throughout the year and local schools, sporting groups and other organisations use our facilities on a regular basis.

We were awarded specialist sports college status in 2001 and over the years this accreditation has strengthened our reputation for sporting excellence in the region and beyond.  We even use sport in the classroom to inspire teamwork and academic progression in our pupils.

Several years ago our school was selected for the government's BSF rebuilding programme and in September 2012 we moved into our brand new home which has given our boys access to innovative science, art, ICT, media, music, catering, technology and PE facilities plus a new sixth form centre.

Bible Quote

“Praise the Lord because he is good.  His faithful love will last forever.”
Psalm 136:1

Word of the Week

Machiavellian (adjective)

Subject which uses this term: English Literature; Drama; History; Politics

Meaning: cunning, scheming, and unscrupulous.

For example: ‘Mrs Lyons is Machiavellian. She manipulates Mrs Johnstone into giving up her baby. She uses Mrs Johnstone’s superstitious nature to ensure she gets what she wants.’

MRS. LYONS: You do know what they say about twins, secretly parted, don’t you?


MRS. LYONS: They say…they say that if either twin learns that he once was a pair, that they shall both immediately die. It means, Mrs. Johnstone, that these brothers shall grow up, unaware of the other’s existence. They shall be raised apart and never, ever told what was once the truth. You won’t tell anyone about this, Mrs. Johnstone, because if you do, you will kill them."

Thought for the Week


"Don't be afraid! I am here with good news for you, which will bring great joy to all the people."

2017-18 Options Booklet

Year 7 Prospectus

Year 7 Parents' Handbook

Sixth Form Prospectus

Sixth Form Outlines