Sacred Heart Catholic High School, Newcastle upon Tyne
|Type||Voluntary aided Academy|
|Founder||Society of the Sacred Heart|
|Location||Fenham Hall Drive
Newcastle upon Tyne
Tyne and Wear
|Local authority||Newcastle upon Tyne|
|DfE URN||137708 Tables|
|Diocese||Hexham and Newcastle|
The uniform is a navy blue blazer and jumper, and a Douglas Tartan kilt (dark blue, light blue, green and white). All students must wear their blazer around the school site. The uniform for the girls in the sixth form is a generally smart set of clothing primarily in the colours black and white, although grey is allowed in some parts of it is not the dominate colour.
Located in the centre of Fenham Hall Drive, the school is accessed by many students by public transport.
Next door is the St Mary's College of Newcastle University, now a hall of residence. This used to called St Mary's College of the Sacred Heart and was a Catholic College of Education (teacher training college), becoming part of Newcastle University's Institute of Education. Very near to the east is the private Dame Allan's School, Newcastle.
The school educates around 1,800 girls between the ages of eleven and eighteen on the site which recently benefited from a near £10 million makeover.
This school has a generally good record with GCSE and A LEVEL results. Over 60% of students received A*-C grades at GCSE.
The school is, and has always been, single sex but the very latest of development plans involve the further merger of the sixth form with St Cuthbert's. This has already resulted in boys taking A Level classes in Drama and Music at the school and one male in permanent attendance.
Many Catholic schools across the diocese are 'feeder school', including Sacred Heart Primary, also situated on Fenham Hall Drive. From mid-September the school begins a vigorous campaign or promotion advertising the plethora of facilities Sacred Heart has to offer to prospective students.
As a private college, it began in a small way at Fenham Hall in 1903 and became a Government recognised boarding and day school in 1905, taking both ex pupil-teachers, and scholarship pupils, as well as fee-payers able to pay for the privilege. The college had initially opened with 60 pupils. It went through a number of changes until 1926 when it obtained Direct Grant status and became a grammar school.
This 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.
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".
The school has recently (Roughly 2008) had many building works and has a new vocational building, including hair and beauty facilities (2008). The school consists of several different buildings, the main building, the P.E. block which also joins onto a maths and MFL (modern foreign languages) building, a new vocational building and the sixth form centre. There is also the technology building (lovingly known as the technology block by the students and staff) and the small Pottery building. The pottery building was recently created (Roughly 09-10) and the technology has been around nearly as long as the main building has. In 2013 a Dance Studio was built.
Traditions and recent developments
The school's prayer reads;
"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 School
- Frances Lannon, Principal since 2002 of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford
- Dr Mo O'Toole, Professor of Creativity and Innovation since 2008 at Newcastle University Business School and Labour MEP from 1999-2004 for North East England, and former wife of Alan Milburn
- Donna Air, actress and television presenter
Sacred Heart Comprehensive
- Catherine McKinnell, MP for Newcastle North
- "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."