Welcome to Cardinal Allen Catholic High School and image of Headmaster Philip Mooney

Cardinal Allen is a progressive, exciting and happy school - a school in which everyone is challenged to be all they can be.

The school is named after Cardinal William Allen, a Lancashire man, who was born in 1532 and is known to have lived as a young boy at Rossall near to the site of the school. His determination not to abandon his Catholic faith during the reign of Elizabeth I caused William to flee to the continent in 1565. William Allen founded the English Seminary at Douai and the English College in Rome in order that young Englishmen could be trained as priests and return to England to keep alive the Catholic faith.

We are an "outstanding Catholic school" (Section 48 Report 2012), founded on the teachings of Christ and we promote a distinctive Christian ethos where every pupil is considered as unique and important. Our 822 pupils form a friendly, open school in which discipline is good and where a high value is placed on order, respect for others and endeavour. Students and staff recognise the importance of the School's Catholic and Christian 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. 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 help develop 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.

Following appeals, we admitted a record 175 pupils into Year 7 in September 2015 and we have received in excess of 400 applications for September 2016. Our pupils come from a wide-ranging catchment area and we take students from over twenty primary schools. The majority of our 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. Links between Cardinal Allen and our partner primary schools have always been very strong.

The school is well maintained 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, and, having recently completed phase one, we are about to start phase two of the refurbishment of our Science department.

Cardinal Allen was awarded the prestigious BECTA ICT Mark in 2009 and again in 2012. Awards of the Design Mark (2011) and the Secondary Geography Quality Mark (2013) confirm our desire to validate the quality of our curriculum, teaching & learning. We are a Fairtrade School, one of only twelve Eco Ambassador Schools in the country, in addition to being a Full International School with an annual exchange visit with our partner school in India. Our school is constantly striving to achieve higher standards as demonstrated by not only very good GCSE outcomes but also as reported in our most recent Ofsted (2015) and Section 48 Denominational (2012) reports.

I hope that our website provides you with the information that you are looking for and gives you a sense of what we are about. If you should have any questions about the school, or indeed, would like to visit us on a working day, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Andrew Cafferkey
Acting Headteacher

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