Pursuit of excellence

The pursuit of excellence has been the core objective of the Sacred Heart School since it was established in Tullamore over 180 years ago.

 We have an unrivalled record in student success and the Sacred Heart, Tullamore is widely acknowledged as one of the key feeder schools to national universities and third level institutions.

The Sacred Heart School tradition has been achieved through the generations in a respectful and positive environment as we provide our students with an education which becomes the foundation stones for their future.

 We have a reputation for academic excellence and strive to maximise the development and potential of each of our pupil’s capabilities in academic and co-curricular areas.


State examinations first began in the Sacred Heart School in 1879 and since then our students have repeatedly excelled to the highest standards; producing countless scholarship students, internationally recognised athletes, poets, playwrights, authors and musicians.

 The Sacred Heart School ensures that all graduates are well-prepared to take their place in society as mature, responsible and strong young woman.  

The statistics

In the most recent Sunday Times top 400 Schools in Ireland list, the Sacred Heart School , Tullamore was ranked number two secondary school in the midlands and has been ranked in the top 25% of secondary schools in the last five years.

Third Level

The Sacred Heart School has over 83% of students attending third level after their Leaving Certificate

400 points

50% of our Class of 2017 achieved over 400 points in their Leaving Certificate.


60% of students who took Higher Level Maths paper in the Leaving Certificate achieved over 55% 


100% of students who sat higher level History in Leaving Certificate achieved over 55%

Leaving Certificate Class of 2017:


73% of students who studied music at higher level achieved over 80% in Leaving Certificate. 


 33% of students who studied Chemistry at Higher level achieved over 70%.


 25% of students who studied Higher Level English achieved over 80%