Sacred Heart Catholic High School, Newcastle upon Tyne

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Sacred Heart High School
Established 1905
Type Voluntary aided Academy
Religion Catholic
Headteacher Anita Bath[1]
Founder Society of the Sacred Heart
Location Fenham Hall Drive
Newcastle upon Tyne
Tyne and Wear
England Coordinates: 54°58′59″N 1°39′25″W / 54.983°N 1.657°W / 54.983; -1.657
Local authority Newcastle upon Tyne
DfE URN 137708 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Staff 350
Students 1800
Gender Girls
Ages 11–18
Diocese Hexham and Newcastle
Website SHHS

Sacred Heart High School is a secondary school with academy status for girls. It is located on Fenham Hall Drive in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

General Information[edit]

The school educates around 1,800 girls between the ages of eleven and eighteen on the site which recently[when?] benefited from a near £10 million makeover.[citation needed]

The school consists of the main building, a P.E. block, a maths and modern foreign languages building, a geography building, the sixth form centre, a small pottery and a dance studio.

This school has a generally good[vague] record with GCSE and A Level results. Over 60% of students received A*-C grades at GCSE.[when?]

The school is single sex but the very latest[when?] of development plans involve the further merger of the sixth form with St Cuthbert's.[citation needed]


The uniform is a navy blue blazer and jumper, and a Douglas Tartan kilt (dark blue, light blue, green and white). Sixth form students wear black and white, with grey in parts if not dominant.[citation needed]


A private college was founded in Fenham Hall in 1903[citation needed] becoming a Government-recognised boarding and day school in 1905, taking ex-pupil-teachers,[vague], scholarship and fee-paying pupils.[citation needed] The college initially opened with 60 pupils.[citation needed] It went through a number of changes[vague] until 1926 when it obtained Direct Grant status and became a grammar school.[citation needed]

The convent school was established in 1905 at Fenham Hall Drive, Newcastle upon Tyne, by the Society of the Sacred Heart nuns.

The grammar school lasted until 1977 when it became the Sacred Heart Comprehensive School,[citation needed] taking girls from 11 – 18 years. In 1998 it was renamed the Sacred Heart Roman Catholic High School.[2]

In 2007 the school signed up to the Building Schools for the Future initiative which resulted in, amongst other benefits, the outsourcing of all IT services to a division of Newcastle City Council named "City Service".[citation needed]

The school has recently[when?] built a new vocational building, including hair and beauty facilities.[citation needed]

School Prayer[edit]

This is our school,
Let peace dwell here,
Let the rooms be full of joy,
Let love abide here,
Love of learning,
Love of one another,
Love of all people,
Love of life itself,
And love of God,
Let us remember that as many hands build a house,
So many hearts make a school.


Sacred Heart Grammar (High) School[edit]


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  2. ^ "Sacred Heart Education in Fenham, Newcastle". Society of the Sacred Heart - England and Wales. Retrieved 25 October 2013. (The private college) began in a small way in 1903, became a Government recognised boarding and day school in 1905, taking both ex pupil-teachers, and scholarship pupils, as well as fee-payers until 1913. It went through other changes until 1926 when it obtained Direct Grant status, which lasted until 1977 when it became the Sacred Heart Comprehensive School, taking girls from 11 – 18 years. In 1998 it was re-named the Sacred Heart Roman Catholic High School. 
  3. ^ "Professor Mo O'Toole". 

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