A UNIQUE ETHOS
Sacred Heart is founded upon the Gospel of Jesus Christ, His teachings and values as seen in the light of the tradition of the Society of the Sacred Heart. The Society has always devoted itself to promoting the education of women and the pursuit of academic excellence.
Each student is entitled to a curriculum which is broad, balanced, relevant and differentiated to suit her individual needs. The school aims to encourage and challenge each student to achieve her full potential. Within this broad framework our aim is that she will:
Be respected for her personal worth and dignity as a woman and be supported and cared for appropriately
Be guided and helped towards spiritual development with opportunities for prayer and worship
Be helped to develop a broad vision of the world, an awareness of environmental issues and a willingness to express concern in action
Be encouraged to develop a caring attitude to those around her
Develop knowledge of, respect for, and tolerance of other races, religions and cultures
Develop competence in communication and numeracy
Understand and experience technological processes and attain an awareness of technology’s impact on society
Enjoy a range of cultural, aesthetic and leisure pursuits
Be guided and helped towards mental and physical well-being
Be encouraged to develop self-discipline and to take responsibility for her decisions and actions
Enjoy her years at Sacred Heart.
Talk to any of our Sixth Form students and it will quickly become clear how this ethos enriches their lives.
The Best Teaching and Learning
The success of our Sixth Form has resulted in a diverse range of subjects available to study. Students are taught in smaller groups by dedicated and focused teachers comfortable with the rigours of A-Level. Sacred Heart is also a Teaching School that is recognised nationally as able to train and develop the most effective teachers in the country and our most recent Ofsted inspection graded our post-16 leadership, teaching and learning and achievement as ‘Outstanding’.
The purposeful atmosphere and amazing facilities at Sacred Heart has helped to attract the very best teachers and learners. Most students will have two teachers per subject and all of our teachers are responsive to curriculum change and well versed in the latest teaching and learning methodology. A walk through our Sixth Form lessons would reveal a wide range of learning experiences: group work, traditional lectures, creative presentations and discussions, interleaved learning and independent work, not to mention the wealth of opportunities to learn through extra and super-curricular experiences.
At Sacred Heart, it is not just about covering the curriculum in detail. Our subject teachers are well versed in preparing their students for the transition to university or on to an apprenticeship or career. Our teachers have maintained excellent links with prestigious universities, both near and far. Last year many of our student visited universities to take part in taster sessions or extension and enrichment days. Widening horizons and setting challenging goals is part of our work to assist the individual in reaching their potential.
World Class Facilities
Sacred Heart is blessed with wonderful facilities; the Sixth Form has its own dedicated building where study areas, ICT facilities and a common room, along with eight specialist classrooms are located. Subjects that are new to the students such as: Sociology, Psychology, Law, Economics, Government and Politics are taught here giving a wider range of study opportunities. In a convent garden setting, state-of-the-art buildings house specialist facilities required for a curriculum that demands academic excellence.
The school also prides itself on its Performing arts provision and exudes creativity, with three dance and drama studios, three fully equipped music rooms, a recording studio, four practice rooms, a dedicated sixth form art studio, two textiles work spaces, hard technology areas and a ceramics building with its own kiln.
During breakfast, lunch and break time our Sixth Formers also have access to their very own café in the form of Madeleine’s: a fantastic facility where the students can take a well-earned break and socialise as young adults while sampling the delicious coffee and food on offer.