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Sacred Heart, Secondary School, Westport

Sacred Heart Secondary School

Sacred Heart School Westport is an all girls secondary school presently under the trusteeship of CEIST: (Catholic Education – an Irish School Trust).

This school was originally inspired by the vision of Catherine McAuley and the Mercy Sisters who were committed to the holistic development and achievement of the full potential of all students, particularly those who were disadvantaged or marginalised.


The Sacred Heart School was established in 1925. It became a boarding school for girls from surrounding areas from 1925 – 1970.

The boarding school closed in 1970 following the introduction of Free Transport.

It has been in operation since then as an all-girls secondary school.

Today the characteristic spirit of the school remains the same but is now under a new trust called CEIST.

Girls are enrolled from the Parish National Schools in the surrounding Parishes.

Sacred Heart School is justifiably proud of its long tradition and heritage and consistently strives to adapt to the educational requirements of a rapidly changing world.

The school has an open admissions policy and newcomers are always welcomed and accorded an equal status in educational opportunities.

Sacred Heart School has an excellent tradition of high academic achievement where the majority of students go on to third level and further education.

Students with special needs and disabilities are supported in the school.


Admission Policy

Admission to the Sacred Heart School is on the understanding that Parent(s)/Guardian(s) and students accept the code of behaviour and the Rules of the School. First year students should have completed sixth standard in Primary School and be 12 years of age by 1st January in the year of entry to the school. A Birth Certificate is required to verify date of   birth of each student for the Department of Education and Science. This certificate is returned as soon as the date is checked.

Transfer from other second level schools will be dealt with on an individual basis, having regard for the student’s best interest.

Admission of students with special needs is welcome – subject to the schools capability of coping with the child’s needs.




Sacred Heart School teaches the Post-Primary School curriculum in accordance with the Department of Education and Science. The school offers, Junior Certificate, Leaving Certificate, Transition year, Leaving Certificate Applied, Leaving Certificate Vocational programme.


Sport and Physical Education

The Sacred Heart School prides itself on the very wide range of sporting opportunities and facilities on offer to the students. It is school policy to encourage maximum participation in sport while bearing in mind not all students are attracted to competitive sport. With such an extensive range on offer there is something for everyone. The school facilities include a football and soccer pitch, dressing rooms and changing facilities, volley ball court, gymnasium and access to local swimming pools and leisure centres.


Career Guidance and Counselling

A comprehensive Career Guidance and Counselling services is available to all students in the Sacred Heart School. Consultations can be arranged at any time on request. In general students are helped through the various transitions they encounter in their school years and practical help and guidance on careers and further studies are offered.


Student Progression

The vast majority of our student’s progress on to third level education. Many achieve places in the best Universities and third level institutions in Ireland and abroad. We aim to help all students to reach their academic potential and to be ready to meet the challenges of whatever course they choose when they leave. We hope that they will be rounded, adaptable citizens of a changing world. All our past pupils have a special place in our hearts and our door will always be open to them. We hope they remain in touch with us and return often in the years ahead.


Contact Details:


Sacred Heart School

Castlebar Road


Co Mayo

Principal: Ms Anne Murphy

Deputy Principal: Mr Kevin Malone

Telephone: 098 25838/26268

Fax: 098 26268

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