Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School has a growing reputation for the performing arts. Our school building has excellent drama facilities which include two fully equipped performance spaces and a large rehearsal space complete with industry standard lighting rigs.
The theatre facilities in nearby Knotty Ash youth centre are regularly used and the school enjoys a close partnership with Liverpool Everyman and The Playhouse.
We took part in the Shakespeare Schools Festival in 2013 with 25 year 9 and 10 students performing the Tragedy of Julius Caesar at the Epstein Theatre in Liverpool, the Contact Theatre in Manchester and the Charter Theatre in Preston.
Our students have also taken part in professional productions of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and Lord of the Flies.
The performing arts and media industries are both vibrant and strong in the region. Qualifications in drama can lead to careers in theatre, TV, education, stage management and costume design.
Key Stage 3
Students follow the national curriculum.
Key Stage 4
Students taking this GCSE course will develop their creative, communication, critical thinking and team working skills. Assessment is via an exam (40%), practical activities and a portfolio (60%) developed over two years.
Key Stage 5
We offer AS/A2 Drama which looks to explore popular performance techniques and theatre styles. Students will have the opportunity to interpret a text and play the role of director during their studies. Assessment involves a practical performance and a written exam.
LIST OF SUBJECTSART
COMPUTING & ICT
MEDIA & FILM STUDIES
PHILOSOPHY & ETHICS
RELATIONSHIPS / SEX EDUCATION
The headteacher provides strong leadership to the school. Newly appointed senior leaders have strengthened the school's capacity to improve outcomes for all pupils.
The leadership of teaching is good. The quality of teaching is improving quickly; professional development is a strong feature of the school.
Progress in modern foreign languages is outstanding.
Teachers build strong relationships with pupils to aid learning.
Learners in the sixth form achieve well and the provision is very well led and managed.
The school promotes pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development effectively.
Pupils have an excellent understanding of British values and the nature of life in modern Britain.
The school provides good care and support to pupils. It works effectively with other services to keep vulnerable pupils safe.
Pupils receive high-quality careers guidance and advice.