Catholic Ethos

"Schools should produce young people with ideas and dreams, with a vision of what they want to achieve in life, who have a strong sense of service, of care and compassion for those in need, and who have above all a love of life, a zest for living life to the full."
Cardinal Basil Hume, 1999.

Our school motto, 'Respect, Believe and Achieve,' echoes the words of Cardinal Hume.  We take pride in challenging our students to reach their full potential in every area of their lives, and at the root of all of this lies the firm foundation of the Catholic faith.  To be a follower of Christ means to live out our faith through all that we do and say, to show our 'faith in action', whether this be through charity and voluntary work, during a sporting event, day-to-day in our classrooms and on our corridors, or representing our school within the wider community.

There are many ways in which we encourage our students to explore their faith and beliefs, not only through the curriculum, retreat days and daily collective worship, but through varying activities and events.  We have held two Mission weeks, which allows us to bring together students, staff, parents, governors, the local pastoral area and residents to consider where we are on our journey of faith, as individuals and as a community. As our mission statement attests,  we strive every day, “…to be good citizens by taking on responsibility for others, locally, nationally and internationally in order to serve the Common Good.”

Our specialism, as a specialist sports college, holds at the centre of it these shared Gospel values, and through the work both within the school and beyond its gates, continues to enrich the lives of many by learning experiences enhanced by the true traditions of our faith. We have a moral duty to support each student in the pursuit of their vocation in life, and to develop their self-confidence and self-esteem so that they will have the ambition and drive to make their mark in the world and in return have a positive effect on the lives of others.  Our faith and our specialism walk together hand in hand to do this.

Catholic schools are instruments of the church, reaching out to young people of our communities with Christ's teachings about life, death and resurrection.  Next to the family, schools are the most important institutions in the development of the child. Catholic schools are designed not only to develop the intellectual abilities of children but also to teach them to love others to make informed judgements, and to develop good work habits and skills for getting along with other people.

Our Catholic ethos, which includes explicit reference to Christian and British values, makes a tangible difference to the way we work together and with our wider communities. You can read more about our promotion of British Values here:

The Catholic ethos is a lived experience and it permeates every aspect of school life at Cardinal Heenan.


We fall under the Catholic Diocese of Liverpool and the school is located in Saint Joseph’s Pastoral area.