Sacred Heart Catholic College

Pupils hit right tone on national television

Pupils from Sacred Heart were in the news this week, as the BBC sought views on mobile use within schools.

Three of our pupils, along with Headteacher, Mr O Hagan, appeared on the station’s national news report on Monday (19th February) to explain Sacred Heart's policy and what pupils thought of it.

When asked about Sacred Heart’s mobile phone policy - pupils can have them but not use them during the school day, Year 9 pupil, Phoebe (pictured), said the rule here helps students to focus on their work.

Phoebe, 13, said she has her phone with her but is not allowed to use it during the school day. She said:

If the rule wasn't there, I think kids would use their phones a lot more. It shows kids discipline to not go on their phones and actually focus on lessons.

Speaking after the piece had aired on the BBC’s evening news, Headteacher, Mr O’Hagan, was delighted with how the pupils presented themselves on national television. He said:

I was really proud of the pupils. They spoke so well and showed great maturity. They were a credit to the school.

Mobile phone use was in the news after schools in England were given new Government guidance intended to stop their use during the school day. Education Secretary, Gillian Keegan, said the move was part of a plan to ‘minimise disruption and improve behaviour in classrooms’.