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  • Sacred Heart High School (Hammersmith)
    212 Hammersmith Road
    W6 7DG
  • Head: Mrs S O’Donovan
  • T 020 8748 7600
  • F 020 8748 0382
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • A state school for girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Hammersmith & Fulham
  • Pupils: 1,133 ; sixth formers: 150
  • Religion: Roman Catholic
  • Open days: Open Days: September
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Outstanding 2
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 2
    • 1 Short inspection 15th November 2023
    • 2 Full inspection 26th September 2017

    Short inspection reports only give an overall grade; you have to read the report itself to gauge whether the detailed grading from the earlier full inspection still stands.

  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Expectation for all pupils to do at least two after-school clubs (which they call enrichment), has been accommodated by changes to the school day (which now comprises five 60 minute lessons and finishes at 3.05pm). Girls encouraged to be proactive, rather than spoon fed, with lots of emphasis on them doing things, rather than talking about things. When we visited, a group of girls had gone to Mexico to rebuild houses for those in poverty. Asked what they’d improve, girls told us they could do with more quiet study space, especially…

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What the school says...

Sacred Heart High School is an outstanding school in all aspects of its delivery in promoting a holistic Catholic education for girls aged 11 -18. Together with its Mission Statement the school ethos is underpinned by the goals of Sacred Heart education founded by St Madeleine Sophie Barat - these are Faith, Intellect, Community, Formation of Character and Social Awareness that impels to action. Pupils experience a broad curriculum offer at Key Stage 3 and are offered a selection of options at Key Stage 4 in addition to the core curriculum offered. The school offers a wide enrichment programme for pupils including trips abroad, extra curricular activities in music, drama, sport, debating, science, and maths to name a few. The school has extensive links with the wider community to support the learning experiences of the girls in a wider context. Leadership is encouraged at all levels from year 7 - 11 including an active School Council and Lead Learner programme. ...Read more

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Mrs S O’Donovan.


Parents keep an extremely beady eye on the admissions policy of this heavily oversubscribed school, and many are unswerving in their commitment to find some way for their daughter to become one of the approximately 198 pupils to enter year 7. But you’ll need to start early, as all girls need to have been baptised before they were 6 months old (although we did to talk to one parent who did it slightly later due to illness in the family) and to have attended one of 11 feeder schools, all named on the website. If you meet all the criteria, you won’t need to sweat so much about how close you are to the school. Be warned that siblings don’t automatically gain entry and are sometimes turned away. Separate admissions procedures for...

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Interpreting catchment maps

The maps show in colour where the pupils at a school came from*. Red = most pupils to Blue = fewest.

Where the map is not coloured we have no record in the previous three years of any pupils being admitted from that location based on the options chosen.

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Further reading

If there are more applicants to a school than it has places for, who gets in is determined by which applicants best fulfil the admissions criteria.

Admissions criteria are often complicated, and may change from year to year. The best source of information is usually the relevant local authority website, but once you have set your sights on a school it is a good idea to ask them how they see things panning out for the year that you are interested in.

Many schools admit children based on distance from the school or a fixed catchment area. For such schools, the cut-off distance will vary from year to year, especially if the school give priority to siblings, and the pattern will be of a central core with outliers (who will mostly be siblings). Schools that admit on the basis of academic or religious selection will have a much more scattered pattern.

*The coloured areas outlined in black are Census Output Areas. These are made up of a group of neighbouring postcodes, which accounts for their odd shapes. These provide an indication, but not a precise map, of the school’s catchment: always refer to local authority and school websites for precise information.

The 'hotter' the colour the more children have been admitted.

Children get into the school from here:

most years
quite often
sometimes, but not in this year

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