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      24.11.2011 00:41

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      Loved it. Thank you SH

      It was strict but I loved it! The school took a rough-round-the-edges Geordie girl and gave her a future. Don't get me wrong, I had the best parents in the world and it took a great deal of scrimping and saving to get my uniform and all, but they assured me it was worth it.
      I look back on those days with great affection and thank God I passed my 11-plus. I'd go back tomorrow.
      We had so many laughs, mainly at some very eccentric staff. Remember the Geography Game? Miss Fishwick's rounds on a Monday morning, striking fear into anyone who had forgotten their dinner money, Sr Dooley and her infamous stare and wonderful, wonderful Sr Mackin, a tiny nun who glided round school like she was on roller skates. I'm sure she was over a 100 years old when she taught me Latin!
      School discos with the boys of St Cuthbert's and then more trendily, St Mary's Tech....the rivalry with La Sagesse.

      They say that school days are the best days of your life, well mine certainly came close.

      WONDERFUL PLACE!

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      06.03.2006 01:08
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      kinda a reply of what everyone else said and VERY breifly summing up that they are wrong nd outdated

      OK THIS WAS SUPPOSED TO A COMMENT ON "THIS IS LONGISH..." BUT THORT IT WAS SOUNDING MORE LIKE A REVIEW JUS NOT IN DEPTH YET STILL LONG.yeh em wasnt a memba till i read yor review and the person before who rated the school 1 star. Both people before you obviously have no idea of what the school is like now god nos how many years ago they attended sacred heart. This year sacred heart celebrates its 100 years. Although i agree with yor review i do think it is very biased but i can relate to odd things. I think that the school is more like any other comprehension school now than ever. It is really not all that strict anymore, not the way it has been described anyway and as for religion apart from attending mass at christmas and easter as a full school pupils have the choice to attend mass. It just shows how old some of these reviews must be or how old the people who wrote them are as sacred heart is now a single site school and a top technology college and performing arts. I think that looking into what pupils think of school now and what how policys are carried out now (because half of the rules they list and the policies they list are not followd its just to give a good impression like on the website). As for the woman who said she struggled being a gay woman at sacred heart well times have changed and students and teachers actually make jokes about it it is very open and everyone is friendly. Hair styles are more creative than ever and its not hard to spot the gay people neverthe less they are popular with both students and staff. BLAHH.........COULD CARRY ON BUT ITS LATE AND WELL WASNT INTENDING ON COMMENTING BUT FELT I HAD TO AS NO1 SEEMED TO HAVE A CLUE WHAT THEY WERE TALKING ABOUT ALSO I DONT WANT TO GO INTO DEPTH BUT FOR HOW MUCH IVE WROTE I COULD HAVE BY NOW

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        11.03.2003 05:09
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        • "bad morale"

        As a pupil that left Sacred Heart last year I feel I have more up to date information on the school than some of the other writers (although their comments are true of when I started and most are of now except the discipline is no longer strict nor the environment religious). The school is split into two sites, which is going to change in the next few years. Lower school has really good facilities and discipline although some may consider it to be over-the-top it always seemed to be effective. However, like the rest of the school, it contains some very petty members of staff and is rather inward looking. Most students will probably be happy here and it seems like the school are trying to improve things here for the pupils. In contrast upper school is quite different. The discipline seems to have gone 'down-the-pan' in the last few years with the 'charves' tending to get away with murder and being allowed to turn up in their big gold chains and rockport boots and the other pupils (who are less likely to skip school) being unfairly treated. The teachers can be quite petty and as a victim of student-teacher bullying twice I speak from experience that it is not an issue that the school seems to actually bother with. After having complaints from my parents the problems did not stop despite some teachers having been complained about by many other parents. However, these bullying staff are very few in number (although they shouldn't exist at all). The extra-curricular activities are almost non-existent and the school does not actively encourage sport in general although the P.E. staff will bother with the already fit ones among you. If you are bothered about the school being 'over-Catholic' I really wouldn't worry. Apart from the odd prayer and crucifix the school does not enforce Catholic beliefs nor does it encourage people to play an active part in their faith. Although all will not want to become religious, it is a Cath
        olic school and I found it seriously lacking much religion in comparison to my primary school, which was not even that Catholic. The RS department is excellent and does a good job but it shouldn't just be left to the department. The fact that the school is single sex is actually a positive thing as long as you are capable of socialising with males outside of school. The all-female atmosphere builds up a good community with no-one fighting over blokes and it doesn't matter if you look a bit rough coming to school. The teaching up to GCSE is of a good standard in general although I found at GCSE that some teachers seemed to get annoyed when brighter students tried to participate in lessons which was pretty demoralising. In addition, many students invest in private tutors, as some teachers are frankly useless. The main problems in the school seem to become most apparent when in sixth form. The 'dress code' is not a problem as it means that you don't have to worry too much about clothes and it does look smart. However, once in sixth form, it suddenly feels like you are being treated with less respect by the teachers than before. Students are picked up on stupid issues when more important things matter. In addition, teachers seem to feel that they can be even more unpleasant and patronising, despite the fact that half of us were adults. There are of course loads of really nice teachers (teaching standard debatable), but the bad ones just make you want to leave the place even sooner. In my year a lot of pupils left for better schools after their GCSE's and by the second term of lower sixth a huge number seem to have dropped out. The only positive thing of sixth form was the acting year head who was excellent and really stood up for the pupils. However, in typical Sacred Heart style, the school decided not to employ her as head of sixth form but employed someone over her which really annoyed a lot of students whose opinion was neg
        ligible. At sacred Heart your opinions won't matter. A student council was started and I was on it yet nothing happened due to the disorganisation of the school. It really did leave me feeling let down and severely disappointed in a school I had once really liked (for most of the time). Another negative aspect of the school is that there is a lot of bitching. This is in probably average amount from the pupils but the teachers can be terrible. It is clear to all that the majority of the teachers do not like the head teacher, nor do the pupils and to me a good relationship between all should to be a key part of a school. The fact that the teachers do not hide their dislike seems to say it all - there is a lot of bad morale between teachers. A lot of them also seem complacent and do not seem to thrive on teaching bright and opinionated students. I left the sixth form really disliking the school. If you want to enjoy the sixth form go somewhere where you will be treated like an adult and feel like the staff are on your side. And if you want to leave this school full of confidence in your abilities, you really should go elsewhere because I never felt encouraged and had no belief in my abilities until I had tutors that gave me that confidence. Sacred Heart is better than a lot of state schools, but that's no excuse for many of its errors. As a pupil that left Sacred Heart last year I feel I have more up to date information on the school than some of the other writers (although their comments are true of when I started and most are of now except the discipline is no longer strict nor the environment religious). The school is split into two sites, which is going to change in the next few years. Lower school has really good facilities and discipline although some may consider it to be over-the-top it always seemed to be effective. However, like the rest of the school, it contains some very petty members of staff and is rather inwar
        d looking. Most students will probably be happy here and it seems like the school are trying to improve things here for the pupils. In contrast upper school is quite different. The discipline seems to have gone 'down-the-pan' in the last few years with the 'charves' tending to get away with murder and being allowed to turn up in their big gold chains and rockport boots and the other pupils (who are less likely to skip school) being unfairly treated. The teachers can be quite petty and as a victim of student-teacher bullying twice I speak from experience that it is not an issue that the school seems to actually bother with. After having complaints from my parents the problems did not stop despite some teachers having been complained about by many other parents. However, these bullying staff are very few in number (although they shouldn't exist at all). The extra-curricular activities are almost non-existent and the school does not actively encourage sport in general although the P.E. staff will bother with the already fit ones among you. If you are bothered about the school being 'over-Catholic' I really wouldn't worry. Apart from the odd prayer and crucifix the school does not enforce Catholic beliefs nor does it encourage people to play an active part in their faith. Although all will not want to become religious, it is a Catholic school and I found it seriously lacking much religion in comparison to my primary school, which was not even that Catholic. The RS department is excellent and does a good job but it shouldn't just be left to the department. The teaching up to GCSE is of a good standard in general although I found at GCSE that some teachers seemed to get annoyed when brighter students tried to participate in lessons which was pretty demoralising. In addition, many students invest in private tutors, as some teachers are frankly useless. The main problems in the school seem to become m
        ost apparent when in sixth form. The 'dress code' is not a problem as it means that you don't have to worry too much about clothes and it does look smart. However, once in sixth form, it suddenly feels like you are being treated with less respect by the teachers than before. Students are picked up on stupid issues when more important things matter. In addition, teachers seem to feel that they can be even more unpleasant and patronising, despite the fact that half of us were adults. There are of course loads of really nice teachers (teaching standard debatable), but the bad ones just make you want to leave the place even sooner. In my year a lot of pupils left for better schools after their GCSE's and by the second term of lower sixth a huge number seem to have dropped out. The only positive thing of sixth form was the acting year head who was excellent and really stood up for the pupils. However, in typical Sacred Heart style, the school decided not to employ her as head of sixth form but employed someone over her which really annoyed a lot of students whose opinion was negligible. At sacred Heart your opinions won't matter. A student council was started and I was on it yet nothing happened due to the disorganisation of the school. It really did leave me feeling let down and severely disappointed in a school I had once really liked (for most of the time). Another negative aspect of the school is that there is a lot of bitching. This is in probably average amount from the pupils but the teachers can be terrible. It is clear to all that the majority of the teachers do not like the head teacher, nor do the pupils and to me a good relationship between all should to be a key part of a school. The fact that the teachers do not hide their dislike seems to say it all - there is a lot of bad morale between teachers. A lot of them also seem complacent and do not seem to thrive on teaching bright and opinionated students. I left t
        he sixth form really disliking the school. If you want to enjoy the sixth form go somewhere where you will be treated like an adult and feel like the staff are on your side. And if you want to leave this school full of confidence in your abilities, you really should go elsewhere because I never felt encouraged and had no belief in my abilities until I had tutors that gave me that confidence. Sacred Heart is better than a lot of state schools, but that's no excuse for many of its errors.

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          06.07.2002 03:40
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          This is a hard one. I started Sacred Heart in year 7 after Primary school. It's reputation was fantastic and I really looked forward to going. I ended up staying until the very end, before going on to university. As a strict and disciplined establishment, the school gets ten out of ten. That's why they have such a high exam success. Dont be fooled though. Pupils are frightened of most teachers. They are hard and concerned by their own importance. If you are a strict catholic they will love you - because the whole school is based on the RC Church. If you're highly intelligent you will be loved because you are the ones that get the good grades. For the other 95%, there WILL be a constant up hill struggle to be recognised as an individual. The phrase 'teachers pet' is one often used amongst students beacuse 95% of the staff only care for their own little class star. In my eight years there, I was often told I was a disgraceful reader and speller and was often ridiculed in front of the class. It wasn't till I went to university that they picked up on the fact that I had dyslexia. One of the schools goals is to create young independent women. But you are spoken down to all of the time, especially be senior members of staff. It becomes demoralising and knocks your confidense. When I left at eighteen I didn't know how to relate to adults at all and had a phobia of them. I had a breakdown upon leaving. If you are not at all into religion, then this is not the place for you. It is almost like going to an old sunday school every day. In year 7 you are given a small bible to study. It tells of all the sins in the world, most every day occurances in todays life, and how you will go to hell (if you have homosexual or 'pereverted thoughts'). As a gay woman I struggled at Sacred Heart. I wasn't given a choice to leave. I had to stay on (my mothers wish). I would have rather gone to a sixth form co
          llege than study all of the traditional A-level subjects offered by Sacred Heart. At least sixth form colleges allow you some freedom to be an equal member of society. Equipment is poor too. I shared books for my A-levels with two other girls, whilst they spent over £50,000 on a new tennis court and door locks. Sacred Heart has a good reputation and yes they get the grades. But in the twenty-first century it is too old fashioned and centered round which staff member has the most power. I had such a bad experience that I have sworn that if I ever have kids of my own, they will be home tutored. That way I will raise them to feel like valued individuals, rather than a statistic to boast about in the league tables.

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            08.01.2001 05:37
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            Since there appear to be no opinions here I will oblige. I left Sacred Heart many years ago having stayed on to do my A-levels but an old opinion is no doubt better than none at all. Some people worry about going to a single sex school but I think it was helpful to have a boy-free environment in the classroom and the school's results certainly reflect that. As I said I stayed on in Sixth form which was not such a good idea, although I did well and easily got into university I hated it by the end, mainly because we were still treated as kids, had to wear a hideous uniform and were squashed into a tatty mobile classroom as our common room. I would advise a sixth form college personally.

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