Tuesday 23rd May 2017

Headteacher Retires after 30 Years

Mr Dave Forshaw is retiring on Friday 24 May having led the school for the last nine years. He was deputy head for thirteen years before that and originally joined the school in 1983 as an English teacher.

Mr Forshaw said: "The decision to retire was not an easy one however the timing now feels right having overseen a successful move to a brand new building and our best exam results to date. Cardinal Heenan's sporting record speaks for itself and I am incredibly proud of the progress we have made in this arena since becoming a specialist sports college in 2001.

"I would like to thank all students past and present for their huge contribution to my career and the success of the school; the dedicated team of staff here for all their hard work and the parents for their generous support. I will miss you all however I will hopefully be popping back from time to time for prize giving nights and sports award evenings.

He concluded: "Cardinal Heenan will always hold a very special place in my heart and I wish Ms Smyth and the whole school community every success for the future."

Ms Karen Smyth is currently deputy head of Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School and will become interim head for the remainder of the academic year.

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."

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