News from the Headteacher

Dear Parents and Carers

We have had a very eventful and exciting 2017 so far with our pupils participating in a range of stimulating and educational experiences.

A number of our Key Stage 3 pupils visited Jodrell Bank last term, an experience which, I am told, has led to many finding a new passion for their science and mathematics lessons. I am also told that new and strong friendships were forged on this day out through group work in some very interesting workshops.

In school we have held a number of days to promote achievement in Mathematics and English. World Book Day on 1st March was an opportunity for all subject areas to provide a variety of reading activities designed to encourage our boys to read widely. Our work in boosting numeracy continues to move onwards and upwards with a new Numeracy committee, comprising of groups of pupils from all age and ability groups: these determined boys are of real assistance to our staff in helping them to find new ways to improve teaching and learning. Meanwhile, Cardinal Heenan and Broughton Hall Sixth Formers have taken part in an AS level Maths event, with the assistance of outside providers, which involved our sixth formers in a range of engaging and challenging mathematical activities.

We have not been neglecting the Arts either. On 29th March we had a music recital. Many thanks to the Music Department for involving so many of our pupils in this. I also hope parents managed to attend our recent performance of ‘Peter Pan’, which received stunning reviews from teachers, pupils and parents alike. My thanks to the Drama department and all the other members of our staff who gave their time so generously to support this event. It never ceases to amaze me how very many talented students we have at Cardinal Heenan: well done to you all.

Standards continue to rise at Cardinal Heenan, both at GCSE and A level. In January we learned the good news that two of our Year 13 boys, Jack Devin and Jake Rose, have been offered places at Cambridge University for 2017. Jack will be taking Medicine and Jake will study Natural Sciences. Our congratulations go to those students and their dedicated teachers who helped them to achieve such standards of academic excellence.

Finally, I just need to inform or remind you of some upcoming dates for your calendar:

  • May/June: GCSE and AS/A level examinations take place. Pupils should receive examination timetables very soon and should attend their examinations in full school uniform
  • 18th May: West Derby Learning Network Mass at St Vincent’s
  • 26th May: Year 7 PGL trip
  • 23rd June: Year 7 Mass at the Cathedral
  • 26th – 30th June (inclusive): Year 8 retreats
  • 5th July: Year 6 Transition Day
  • 6th/7th July: Year 9 Mission Days
  • 12th July: Key Stage 3 Prize Giving
  • 13th July: Key Stage 4 Prize Giving
  • 14th July: Year 11 Graduation Mass
  • 10th – 19th July (inclusive): Year 10 Work Experience

Thank you for visiting our website. If there is anything you would like to know about our school, and you can’t see it on this website, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Karen Smyth

Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School


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Proficient (adjective)

Subject which uses this term: Drama, Music, PE

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