The mission of the Sacred Heart Schools was influenced by the insights and vision of Madeleine Sophie and the congregation she created. The combined faith, interaction and reflection shared among our present school communities, management, staff and pupils shape the mission of our schools for the 21st century. Through our Sacred Heart philosophy of education, of educating the whole person as a member of society, confident of personal worth and actively living out Christ’s call to know and share his love, we must ensure that our pupils grow in self-knowledge, compassion, energy, purpose and conviction.
The quality of relationship has always been key to our schools and College and is still central to our educational philosophy today.
The values which motivated the Society have now been distilled into the goals. They were originally drawn up in the USA but are now being adopted across the world as a way of emphasising the challenges and principles which we all share. The congregation was founded just after the French Revolution at a time when society had been shattered. The schools were to be agents of change, with the gospel at their core. The goals express succinctly the key priorities for schools whose name calls them to be the compassionate heart of Christ in the world today.
The Goals of Sacred Heart Education
Schools of the Sacred Heart commit themselves to educate to
Goal I: a personal and active faith in God.
Goal II: a deep respect for intellectual values.
Goal III: a social awareness which impels to action.
Goal IV: the building of community as a Christian value.
Goal V: personal growth in an atmosphere of wise freedom.
There are six schools and one College in our English network. Originally founded by the Society of the Sacred Heart, the institutions have chosen to explore the distinctive ethos that is their heritage, and to collaborate on ways to make it come alive for their students in the 21st century.
The members of the network are:
Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, Fenham, Newcastle
Sacred Heart Catholic High School, Fenham, Newcastle
Sacred Heart High School, Hammersmith, London
Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, Roehampton, London
Woldingham School, Surrey
Beechwood Sacred Heart School, Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Digby Stuart College, Roehampton University, London
You can find their websites here
Every year the network holds conferences for the Leaders of the schools and College, the Goals Coordinators and the Chaplains. Each year we promote one of the Goals within our institutions, in common with many other networks. The Network Coordinator supports the institutions in other ways offering staff and governor development sessions, involvement in network and school projects such as Heartfest, and facilitating links with the international network. We have recently introduced a day for Student Leaders in the Network. The schools played an active part in the Centenary celebrations for Janet Stuart RSCJ and are looking forward to being involved in the events to mark the bicentenary of Philippine Duchesne’s arrival in the USA.