Sacred Heart Language College
|Type||Voluntary aided comprehensive|
|DfE URN||102243 Tables|
Sacred Heart High School was founded in 1907 by the Sisters of St Chretienne who had fled religious persecution in their native France. The school taken over by the Sisters of Notre Dame des Missions in 1920 after the founding order returned to France. It was originally a boarding school for girls, although a small number of boys were admitted into the kindergarten. After World War I, the school, as with many Catholic schools in the country, faced financial struggles but remained open after much effort from pupils and staff to raise the necessary funds. In 1957 it became a voluntary aided grammar school. In 1991 the first lay headteacher was appointed after long-serving headteacher Sister Anne Collette retired. During the 1990s, the school went through a tumultuous period during which pupil numbers and GCSE scores plummeted, coupled by a poor Ofsted inspection report in 1994. The appointment of Mary Waplington as headteacher in 1997 turned the school's fortunes around. It gained Language College specialist status in 2003 and the name was changed to reflect this.