Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School, Leeds

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Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School
Motto Veritas (Truth)
Established September 1961
Type Voluntary aided school
Religion Roman Catholic
Headteacher Elizabeth Cox
Location Tongue Lane
West Yorkshire
Coordinates: 53°50′19″N 1°33′38″W / 53.8387°N 1.5605°W / 53.8387; -1.5605
Local authority City of Leeds
DfE number 383/4751
DfE URN 108095 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 908
Ages 11–16
Diocese Leeds
Website CHHS

Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School is a comprehensive school located in Meanwood, Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. The school is a well performing comprehensive school with, in 2010, over 55% of pupils achieving 5 A*-C grades at GCSE level. The school has had no sixth form since September 1989, following the re-organisation of Catholic education in Leeds. It underwent an Ofsted inspection in October 2011.


Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School is part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Leeds. It is named in honour of Cardinal John Carmel Heenan, a former Bishop of Leeds, Archbishop of Liverpool and Cardinal of Westminster. It is situated about four miles north of Leeds City centre, just south of the A6120 Leeds Outer Ring Road.[citation needed]


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 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.

New buildings[edit]

In September 2000 the school moved into new PFI premises; the old buildings were demolished, although the structural 'skeleton' of the former Science block was incorporated in the new premises of St Urban's Primary School.

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.


St Thomas Aquinas Grammar School[edit]

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