Past Reports

An Ofsted inspector visited our school in February 2014 to check our progress in addressing the issues raised during the full inspection.  Her findings were very encouraging and a copy of that monitoring report can be found here:

Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School was inspected by Ofsted in November 2013, overall the school was found to be require improvement (this was until recently known as 'satisfactory').

Headteacher Ms Smyth said: "While the school is obviously disappointed we are in no way dwelling upon that. We know what we have to do and staff have already responded very positively to the challenge."

At the same time, it is worth pointing out a few features of the report in order to place it in the wider context of the school:

  • Attainment is rising across a range of subjects, including English and science
  • Most students make the progress expected of them
  • The quality of teaching is improving securely
  • Students behave well and feel very safe
  • The quality of care, guidance and support for students is of high quality
  • The sixth form is good. Students achieve well and enjoy the sixth form
  • The acting Headteacher provides the school with strong and purposeful leadership. Leaders know what they need to do to improve.

Ms Smyth went on to say: "The leadership team and the governors of the school have already begun the work that needs to take place quickly to demonstrate our determination to drive any changes and improvements which are required. We have made changes to our leadership in Maths and have employed new staff in this subject, and these changes have already had a very positive impact in terms of teaching and learning, schemes of work and the ways in which targets are set for pupils.”

FAQs

We have put together some FAQs for parents and guardians of new starters joining Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School:

Which buses can my son get to and from school?

Although we do not have our own bus services, a number of public bus routes run very close to the school: 15, 61, 361, 102 and 10, check the timings of these services using the Merseytravel widget.

Can I park at the school when dropping my son off at school?

Some parents/guardians may wish to bring their son(s) to school by car, but we would advise against it as we are located in a residential area close to Alder Hey Hospital and Broughton Hall High School so the area is very busy, particular just before and after school.  Cardinal Heenan also has only one access road for vehicles and this often gets blocked by cars on the school run.

What will my son's daily routine look like?

Some parents/guardians may wish to bring their son(s) to school by car, but we would advise against it as we are located in a residential area close to Alder Hey Hospital and Broughton Hall High School so the area is very busy, particular just before and after school.  Cardinal Heenan also has only one access road for vehicles and this often gets blocked by cars on the school run.

The school day begins at 8.45am and ends at 2.45pm.  Your son will have five lessons each day.

What happens at lunchtime?

Lunches are staggered over an hour and a half at our school, year 7 students eat on their own.  We have a canteen and deli counter serving a range of meals and operate a cashless payment system.  Students in years 7 to 11 are not allowed to leave school premises during break and lunch times.

Will my son get homework?  How much will he get?

Homework is regularly given in all subject areas in order to meet the demands of the national curriculum.  Tasks such as writing, reading and research set by teachers to be completed at home are recorded in your son’s student planner, we encourage parents to check it regularly.  If you have any concerns about the amount or level of homework being set please use the planner to communicate this in the first instance.  Visit our homework page to find out more, thank you.

How can I make the school aware of an issue?

Form tutors act as the main link between the school and parents/guardians, they are an important part of our pastoral support system which is explained in greater detail using the following link.

What is the school's attitude to attendance and punctuality?

Good attendance and punctuality is very important as absences disrupt the learning process.  In 2014/15 holidays taken during term time collectively cost our students 862 days of learning.  Pupils are rewarded for regular attendance and good punctuality with certificates and prizes at the end of the academic year.

Liverpool City Council Childrens’ Services have also issued information regarding the government’s rulings on school attendance.

How do I report sicknesses or absences?

If your son cannot attend school for any reason you should phone the school on 0151 235 1430 as soon as possible to notify us of the reason and expected duration of the absence. If your son is absent without the school being notified then we will contact you.  When your son returns to school please send a note.  Unexplained absences will be referred by form tutors to our attendance manager who may in turn involve an education and attendance welfare officer.

What about taking holidays?

The school, our governing body and the local authority expect pupils and their families to take holidays during the school vacations. Whilst we appreciate that there might be rare instances when you have no option but to take your annual holidays during the school term, please be aware that from September 2013 the government has introduced new guidance on this matter.

If you are planning an absence during the school term, you must complete the appropriate request form before the holiday (this is a legal requirement by the LEA). Retrospective applications will not be considered. The Headteacher will them inform you by letter if the request has been granted. These forms are available from the school office. 

Applications for leave of absence for any other reasons should be made using the same procedure as outlined above.

Medical appointments should be made, where possible, out of school hours.

When are your training days?

In addition to the normal school holidays we hold five staff training or inset days during the year. On these occasions your son will not attend school. Dates of these training days will be sent to you at the earliest opportunity and can also be found in the school calendar.

Please note they might very well not take place on the same days as those of other schools in the area and they will not necessarily be on the first day of each term.