Cardinal Allen is known to be a progressive, exciting and happy school in which our students achieve outstanding levels of personal development. Parents tell us that they like the fact that our size (around 800 students) ensures the personal touch. We know our young people and their families and this is a strong factor in the excellent progress they make. External verifications of the excellent quality of education at Cardinal Allen have come from OFSTED and Diocesan Inspections.
Students and staff recognise the importance of the School’s Catholic and Christian education mission and are committed to it in every way regardless of their faith heritage. We are all proud to belong to a school offering rich challenge and extended opportunities to learn within a caring atmosphere of support for our students. We are in partnership with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lancaster and Lancashire Local Education Authority (LEA). The Christian ethos of the school is reflected in its mission to support the needy and underprivileged. The school is widely acknowledged as providing outstanding levels of pastoral care which are based on a secure knowledge of the unique talents of individual students. We rely on and receive excellent levels of support from our parents in our drive to help our students develop into rounded, caring and active citizens. Our core values are Christ-centered and reflect the traditional standards respected within our communities. In particular we endeavour to produce young people who show respect for themselves and each other; tolerance, courtesy and a high regard for those less fortunate than themselves. Because of this, our students are bright, cheerful, highly motivated and show outstanding attitudes to learning.
We take students from over twenty Primary Schools, many of them non-Catholic. The majority of young people come from our eight Catholic feeder Primary Schools situated in the boroughs of Wyre, Fylde and Blackpool Unitary Authority. These are St. Mary’s Fleetwood, St Wulstan’s and St Edmund’s Fleetwood, Sacred Heart Thornton, St Teresa’s Cleveleys, St John’s Poulton and St Bernadette’s Bispham. Some children travel from the parishes of St Mary’s, Great Eccleston and St William’s, Pilling, both “Over-Wyre” schools. A significant number of children in each year group attended local County Primary Schools. We have raised our admissions number (now 165) several times to accommodate the high demand for places. Our neighbouring High Schools are Fleetwood Sports College and Millfield Science and Performing Arts College.
We are a designated Specialist School for Mathematics and Computing. Mathematics, and IT and Computing are very strong subjects in School, befitting of this status. Our Mathematics performance has been the strongest of all Fylde and Wyre Schools for the last two years. Awards for ICT (2009 & 2012), Design Technology (2012), Full International School Status (2013)and Lancashire Schools Green Awards (2012) are further evidence of the quality available at Cardinal Allen. The School’s Virtual Learning Environment via the Moodle platform is generally acknowledged as one of the best in the Local Authority. In 2004, Cardinal Allen was awarded “Green Flag” status, the highest award possible as an “ECO School”. In 2006, 2008, 2010, and again in 2012, the School achieved a redesignation with the Green Flag following more stringent inspections.
The School looks and feels good. Maintenance programmes and a planned refurbishment programme ensure that the pupils and staff enjoy good facilities which are well cared for. Building development in recent years includes extensions to entrances and administrative areas, a state of the art Music Studio Complex, as well as major refurbishments to classrooms. Pupils respect the fact that the school is exceptionally clean and they are proud of its appearance. Planned buildings projects include the redevelopment of our Science block with expenditure estimated at over five hundred thousand pounds at the planning stage.