Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School, Leeds

Coordinates: 53°50′19″N 1°33′38″W / 53.8387°N 1.5605°W / 53.8387; -1.5605
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Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School
Tongue Lane

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Coordinates53°50′19″N 1°33′38″W / 53.8387°N 1.5605°W / 53.8387; -1.5605
TypeVoluntary aided school
MottoVeritas (Truth)
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
EstablishedSeptember 1961
Local authorityCity of Leeds
Department for Education URN108095 Tables
Head teacherDominic Kelly
Age11 to 16

Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School is a comprehensive school located in Meanwood, Leeds, West Yorkshire, England.


Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School is part of the Diocese of Leeds. It is named in honour of Cardinal John Carmel Heenan, a former Bishop of Leeds, Archbishop of Liverpool and Archbishop of Westminster.

It is situated around four miles north of Leeds city centre, just south of the Leeds Outer Ring Road.

The school is a well performing comprehensive school with, in 2017, over 76% of pupils achieving 5 A*-C grades at GCSE level - the school's best ever results.[1]

At its last Ofsted inspection in February 2018, it was rated as a good school.[2]


Grammar school[edit]

The school was formerly the St Thomas Aquinas Grammar School on Tongue Lane. It was built in 1961 as a three-form entry boys' school by the City of Leeds Education Committee. The Saint John Bosco school was next door and had 600 boys and girls, and was also built in 1961.


A coeducational comprehensive 13–18 school was established in September 1978, when the two adjoining schools, Saint John Bosco RC Secondary Modern School and the grammar school were merged to create Cardinal Heenan High School, as it was then known (the word 'Catholic' was added at a later date.). It had 1,200 boys and girls and around 150 in the sixth form.[citation needed] The school has had no sixth form since September 1989, following the re-organisation of Catholic education in Leeds.[citation needed]

New buildings[edit]

In September 2000 the school moved into new premises on the same site: the old buildings were demolished, although the structural 'skeleton' of the former Science block was retained, having already been incorporated into the new premises of St Urban's Primary School. It was the first Voluntary Aided School to be built on the PFI, and was identified as a 'benchmark' project by the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment.[3] The building has a horseshoe plan with two entrances on the North, one for the school and one for community use outside school times. These are joined by glass-roofed 'street', with department wings extending outwards, and central services and social areas on the inner portion. There are sheltered courtyards between the departments for social and recreational use.[3] The building makes extensive use of wood, aluminium and glass. Inset on the school entrance is the school chapel with dry stone wall, and beyond this the street widens to the main foyer.[3]

Specialist school[edit]

In 2004 the school achieved the status of Language College; it had previously been granted the status of Beacon School, a government funded programme which was phased out in August 2005. The school lost this status in 2014.[citation needed]



  1. ^ "Best Ever GCSE Results At Cardinal Heenan". Archived from the original on 9 February 2018. Retrieved 8 February 2018.
  2. ^ Ofsted, Inspection. "Ofsted Inspection". Ofsted. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  3. ^ a b c Wainwright, Martin (2009). Leeds: Shaping the City. London: RIBA. pp. 134–137. ISBN 9781-85946-2447.
  4. ^ "Politics Q and A: With Richard Burgon, Leeds East MP". Yorkshire Evening Post. 11 March 2018. Retrieved 3 August 2022.
  5. ^ "Oliver Casey Joins Blackpool". Blackpool F.C. 2021. Archived from the original on 22 June 2021. Retrieved 3 August 2022.
  6. ^ "Paul Hunter". The Telegraph. 11 October 2006. Retrieved 3 August 2022.
  7. ^ Marano, Rebecca (26 April 2021). "21 famous people who were born in Leeds - from royal relatives to Hollywood stars and Premier League players". Yorkshire Evening Post. Retrieved 3 August 2022.
  8. ^ "Leeds Trinity University" (PDF). Diocese of Leeds. 2019. Retrieved 3 August 2022.

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