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The school itself feels more alive, with walls now adorned with colourful canvases of the girls at work and many inspirational quotes. A parent herself, head is big on boundaries and ‘tough love’, but is also approachable and smiley, and is regularly seen around the school, popping into lessons and talking to the girls at break times. ‘She is very keen to make sure that we like it here,’ said one girl.

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Sacred Heart High School is an outstanding school in all aspects of its delivery in promoting a holistic Catholic education for girls aged 11 -16. 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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2016 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking Speech & Drama at an English Comprehensive School (Graded Drama Music Lit Speech)

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Since 2014, Mrs Marian Doyle MA NPQH (50s). Previously deputy head since 1997. Before that, she taught English and RE at Haggerston School, Hackney, Phoenix High School, Hammersmith and latterly Holland Park School, Notting Hill Gate. A world away from the previous head (a deeply traditional woman who reigned for 23 years with what girls describe as a combination of awe and fear), Doyle is softer around the edges and fresher in her outlook. Not only does she look more modern (she wore fabulous killer heels when we met her), but the school itself feels more alive, with walls now adorned with colourful canvases of the girls at work and many inspirational quotes. School systems (from admin through to bullying policies) have also had an overhaul, thanks to the head’s key vision of the...

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