Notre Dame Plymouth
Notre Dame is a comprehensive faith school for girls and welcomes all those who want to learn in a supportive, caring and aspirational environment.
Notre Dame is a school that lives its mission statement:
- an optimistic school promoting Christian attitudes
- a school where every person belongs
- a school which values learning
- a school which rises to challenges and celebrates achievement
Notre Dame works best when students make the most of every opportunity available to them.
Students get involved in all aspects of school life. They compete for their Houses, stand for election as House or Sports Captains, raise money for charity and participate in surveys and interviews. They run clubs, volunteer and represent the school in sports and academic events. Students have leadership opportunities in the school by becoming Young Spiritual Leaders or Peer Mentors.
Notre Dame also has a strong tradition of student involvement in local and regional activities such as Plymouth Youth Parliament, Mock Bar Trials, Carnegie Awards, International Awards and Young Carers Awards, and in ND Sixth students successfully applying for Nuffield Research Placements.
- Ofsted rating: Good See the report for the school
- Plymouth Inclusion Charter
At Notre Dame we pride ourselves on being an inclusive school. We have been awarded the Inclusion Kite Mark.
We try to provide for all students' needs as they arise in a caring, flexible, professional manner.
To be fully inclusive, most of the support we provide is in class enabling students to access the full curriculum. However there are times when some students are extracted to boost literacy skills or to use our specialist material within the department. Work is differentiated where necessary to allow students to achieve their full potential.
The Learning Support Team run a Breakfast and Lunch club daily for all students to complete homework, coursework, research and revision with additional support from Teaching Assistants.
There is a warm, welcoming atmosphere allowing students to interact, developing their social and communication skills.
- Secondary school - 11 to 16 years
Notre Dame is set in acres of land, providing a beautiful backdrop to school life and learning.
An ongoing commitment to providing students with the best of facilities can be seen in the modern 4-court sports hall, fitness suite and library complex. In the new Stang block, named after Notre Dame sister and environment campaigner Dorothy Stang, there are 10 modern and well-equipped classrooms along with 2 break-out spaces.
Notre Dame also benefits from dedicated drama studios as well as specialist technology and art workshops. Technology is always at the forefront of daily life, with school-wide wi-fi providing 'anytime anywhere' access to a wide variety of mobile devices.
The school Chapel, with its Angelus Bell ringing twice a day, reminds everyone of the importance of faith at the heart of all we do.
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