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Sacred Heart Grammar School
10 Ashgrove Avenue, BT34 1PR, UK Newry
Tel. 02830 264632, Fax : (028) 30265630

Attending Sacred Heart

A look at the brief history of Sacred Heart provides an overview of how the School has evolved through the years. The School has been responsible for educating some well-known students who have progressed to extremely successful careers.

For prospective students, a Day in the Life captures snapshots from various student perspectives to provide an essence of what it is really like as a member of the school.

A popular misconception is that Sacred Heart is not ‘sporty’. Sport is taken seriously at Sacred Heart and the School has enjoyed considerable sporting success in recent years. However, its seriousness has at all times to be balanced with academic aspirations as well as Art, Drama and Music.

The School

Now approaching its 75th anniversary, Sacred Heart is one of Northern Ireland’s top grammar schools with 875 students and 52 full time teachers. The school is housed on a state-of-the-art complex at Ashgrove, Newry - a 17 acre site on the Northern side of the city and enjoys unrestricted views of the Mourne Mountains to the East.

Structure of the School

The school contains a main building, a purpose-built Design and Technology Block, an Art & Drama Block, a Study Hall and a Dining Area offering a canteen, cafeteria and lunchroom. The facilities within the main building include an attractive reception area, assembly hall, gymnasium, fitness suite, counselling / interview rooms, careers suite, oratory, home economics rooms, library, well-appointed language labs, ICT and science facilities, reprographics and staff resource areas. The art and drama block boasts a drama studio, art and music rooms and a seventh form common room. The design and technology block offers superbly equipped ICT, science and technology facilities. The spacious grounds contain grass and all-weather pitches, athletics facilities, a driving range and tennis and netball courts.

Brief History

Established in 1930 by the Sisters of St. Clare, Sacred Heart occupied its original site adjacent to the Poor Clare Convent in Castle Street, Newry for 55 years. By the time the move to Ashgrove Avenue was finalised the staff were working between the 6 original classrooms and an additional 32 mobile classrooms.

Mr J. Parkes, the then Permanent Secretary to the Department of Education officially opened the new School premises in December 1985 while Mr J. Smith, Assistant Secretary to the Department, opened the Science and Technology Block in June 1997.

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