Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School shortlisted in national ‘win a classroom’ competition

Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School in Kensington has been named as a finalist in a national competition to win an £80,000 classroom. This morning, I met with Mr Daniels, the Head, and pupils at Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School in Hall Lane about their great achievement in making the final stage of the competition.

The school was selected from nearly 400 schools that entered the competition in the Times Educational Supplement. It will now battle it out against four other shortlisted schools in a public vote to win a bespoke classroom.

Pupils and parents at Sacred Heart Primary produced a short film for the competition, which can be viewed here:

The competition was open to all primary and secondary schools in the UK. To enter, schools simply had to explain, in no more than 300 words, why they deserved to win a new learning space.

A panel of four judges selected the six shortlisted schools. The panel included Olympian Rob Hayles; Lord Jim Knight, Shadow Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Minister in the Lords and consultant on education, technology and welfare; Gail Larkin, National Association of Head Teachers Vice-President; TES Editor and Digital Publishing Director Ann Mroz; and Managing Director of Clearspace Construction Scott Horner.

The judges were impressed with Sacred Heart’s plan to turn the permanent modular building into a ‘love to talk’ classroom to encourage speaking and listening throughout the school, particularly in aid of the many students that speak little or no English. As well as providing much-needed classroom space, it will also benefit the local community by providing a drop-in centre for parents at the school and enable the school to lead ‘baby and toddler’ sessions.

The eventual winner of the £80,000 building will now be decided by a public vote. Voting is now open at and closes on 27 April 2014.

The winner will be announced on Thursday 8 May 2014.More information about the competition can be found at: or

I hope you can give your support to the school!