Convent of the Sacred Heart School Foundation, Malta

The Sacred Heart School in Malta was founded in 1903 when seven religious of the Society, all of different nationalities, arrived from Rome after various Maltese families expressed their wish to give their children a Sacred Heart education as they had received themselves. The nuns were warmly welcomed and cared for by the Sisters of the Little Company of Mary (Blue Sisters).

A close relationship between the two congregations developed and was maintained throughout the years. The school was set up at Villa Portelli, Sliema, but later moved to larger grounds close by where it still stands now. Though scarce at first, the school population gradually flourished, with a section for boys as well, though this was eventually phased out. The nuns wanted to offer the pupils a holistic education and a decision was taken to turn the day school into a boarding school. In 1968 the school became a day school once again.

The Rosary School, also on the School Campus, established solely for the needy according to the wishes of the Foundress St. Madeleine Sophie Barat, was set up in 1904 and consequently was run free of charge. In World War 2 the school also served as a nursing home for wounded soldiers. In 1944 the first and only women’s teacher training college on the island was opened on the school grounds. In 1954 the student teachers moved to a new building, Mater Admirabilis College of Education, which was officially inaugurated by Queen Elizabeth the Second. The school population today numbers 904.

What Makes Our School Unique

The Sacred Heart International Network offers the school the unique opportunity to share, learn and keep itself well-informed regarding innovations both academically and socially world-wide. Ever since its foundation, the school has concentrated primarily on offering its pupils a holistic education, giving importance to character formation along with academic education.

The school takes great pride in stressing the importance of teamwork, altruism and tolerance and this is kept in mind during the pupils’ instruction in as many subjects as is possible. A good number of our past pupils are renowned contributors to Maltese society in philanthropic and artistic circles.

Operational / Administrative

Type of School

Church School


471 in the Junior School

433 in the Senior School

Pupils are admitted when they are five years old into the Junior Section of the School through a ballot system organised by the Church Secretariat of Education. They are then automatically admitted into the Senior School when they are eleven years old. Pupils leave the Senior School when they are sixteen years old.


37 in the Junior School

54 in the Senior School

Convent of the Sacred Heart School Foundation, Malta Junior School

Tel: +356 21 33 62 38
Fax: +356 21 31 75 83
Address: Sacred Heart Avenue, St. Julian’s, STJ 1432, Malta

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Convent of the Sacred Heart School Foundation, Malta Senior School  

Tel: +356 21 31 30 95
Fax: +356 21 32 25 38
Address: Sacred Heart Avenue, St. Julian’s, STJ 1432, Malta

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