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Campaign to save Swaffham school which appeared on Channel 5 series


By Lynn News Reporter


A Swaffham school is running a campaign to save the school's future from closure.

Parents and staff at the school have collaborated to form a strategic plan, but the school is in need of financial help to survive.

Headteacher Sister Francis Ridler said work is being undertaken with the diocese to provide a voluntary aided primary school.

After the Catholic school was set up more than 100 years ago, the school has developed pupils with morals very much at the forefront of what they do.

The school's motto is 'Service before self' and pupils have been actively involved in the local community during its existence.

Sacred Heart school
Sacred Heart school

Pupils from the age of three to 16 attend the school, which appeared on a Channel 5 series Bad Habits, Holy Orders.

Sister Francis believes this publicity will help them with their campaign to save the school.

She said: "I think everyone knows who we are. The pupils' lives are being changed by the school, the members of staff and the sisters.

"This is just the beginning of our campaign but we are hopeful that people will support us."

The school has set up a Just Giving fundraising page for its campaign.

Angela Hastings, a member of staff at the school, said: "Some of our children are not necessarily high academic achievers but they are good at something, whether it be PE, Art, Drama or Music and we have the most enthusiastic and dedicated teachers for those subjects as with the core ones.

"I personally have witnessed many children who join the Sacred Heart from other schools of all ages who have had issues of different kinds but all lack confidence. I have watched these children flourish here and become happy, make friendships and embrace the ethos of the school.

The school said if everyone who watched the Bad Habits series donated £1, then a million pounds would be generated to enable the sisters to continue running the school.

A Year 7 pupil, Alice, said: "Everyone is kind. I like all the teachers and sisters."

Lucy, a Year 11 pupil, said: "Sacred Heart is such an amazing place. The atmosphere is so warming and you could never feel alone."

Another Year 11, Lea, said: "Coming from another country, I thought that it was going to be scary, but Sacred Heart is different. Everyone knows each other and it feels part of a family."

Donations, however small, can be sent to the school's address: Sacred Heart School, 17 Mangate Street, Swaffham, PE37 7QW or they can go the school's Just Giving page.



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