A welcome to
Notre Dame RC Girls' School
In choosing a secondary school for your daughter, we know that you will be looking for one where she will be happy, where she will be learning in a community with high expectations and where she will receive the best education possible. The staff at Notre Dame, an OUTSTANDING school, work extremely hard to ensure that this kind of environment exists. As a Catholic school we exist primarily to assist our pupils in their faith journey and to help each pupil achieve their potential. We consider close co-operation with parents to be vital, and hope that if your daughter does join us you will work in partnership with us and take advantage of any opportunity for contact and discussion with us. If you require any other information or would like to visit the school please do not hesitate to contact us.
As a Catholic School, the Curriculum at Notre Dame is inspired by the teachings of the Gospel, taking into account the requirements of the Department For Education, Local Authority, and the Catholic Diocese of Southwark.
Head of Department: Ms. J. Somers
At Notre Dame we take the subject of Art and Design very seriously, delivering high-quality art education that engages, inspires and challenges students to think for themselves. We have created a comprehensive programme of study so the girls can build on their creative skills and have confidence to respond visually to their immediate environment and the wider world in which we live.
- Design & Technology
Design & TECHNOLOGY
Head of Department: Mrs. V. Clarke
Design and technology is taught to all pupils in year 7 to 9. Pupils work in each material area on a rotation basis.
At the end of key stage 3; pupils are able to opt for various subjects to study at GCSE and other level 2 qualifications; these include Food preparation and Nutrition and Textiles technology. Cambridge National Awards in Health & Social Care and Child development are also taught in the department.
Head of Department: Mrs. J. Okosun
The Notre Dame English department is one of the most successful in the school. Our English teachers are passionate about the subject and deliver it in an interactive and exciting way.
All pupils study a varied curriculum at Key Stage Three. In each year pupils study a minimum of one novel, one play, a selection of poetry, a Shakespeare text, non-fiction and media texts as well as engaging in group and drama focused activities throughout the course.
We follow the AQA Syllabus, Specification A. The curriculum enables pupils to study texts from the English Literary Heritage as well as modern texts and both twentieth century poetry and pre-nineteenth century poetry. All pupils are entered for GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature.
Head of Department: Ms. L. Froomes
The Geography department at Notre Dame is very successful, combining a track record of consistently excellent exam results, with numerous fieldwork opportunities and an emphasis on the student’s wider role as a citizen.
As far as possible an enquiry- based approach to learning is encouraged. Geography lessons throughout the school facilitate the development of a wide variety of transferable skills, including questioning, group work, decision making, listening, debating, empathy and problem solving.
Head of Department: Ms. H. Wallace
The History department aims for students to enjoy learning, to be engaged in finding out about the past and to become independent learners through developing inquiring minds.
The purpose of History is to make sense of the present by learning from the past; to build a picture of the past; to make connections between events; to understand what influences human behaviour and why people are motivated.
- ICT & computing
ICT & Computing
Head of Department: Ms. S. Carson
In KS3 students will cover a range of topics that will help to develop their ICT skills and introduce them to computing concepts.Students are introduced to computing through a clear framework of lessons that reflects the new computing programmes of study.
We currently offer three courses at Key Stage 4, catering to a wide range of student interests and learning preferences:
The ICT course places a strong emphasis on using computer applications to solve problems.
The GCSE Computing course moves that emphasis to understanding and developing new software and goes to the heart of how a computer functions.
The ECDL course tests the students’ knowledge and skill in using the office suite of software application.
Head of Department: Ms. M. Santana
Hi! Welcome to the Languages Department! At Notre Dame, we are proud to be a Language College which means we are lucky enough to have 9 teachers and 3 Language Assistants, who help us in lessons and run after-school clubs.
we aim to develop in our students:
The ability to communicate freely and confidently in a foreign language.
The ability to listen and to understand a language as spoken by a native speaker, both in detailed and gist comprehension
The ability to understand written messages in a foreign languages
The ability to write simple but clear messages in the foreign language using a variety of tenses where applicable
Head of Department: Mr. M. Earnshaw
Mathematics is a creative and inter-connected discipline that has developed over the course of history.
It is essential to everyday life as well most forms of employment.
At Notre Dame we aim to provide high quality mathematics education that provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.
The best four mathematicians in each year group will be entered for the national UKMT maths challenge and be awarded the status in school of Maths Ambassador so pupils in each year group know who to ask if they have a problem in maths.
- Performing Arts
Head of Department: Ms. G. Hine
The Performing Arts Department at Notre Dame is comprised of both music and drama.
The Music Department at Notre Dame is a very busy place! Alongside lessons for Years 7 - 9 and the GCSE (OCR) course, we have individual lessons available after school from visiting teachers for girls who wish to have tuition in Singing, Violin, Guitar, Trumpet, Drum kit and Piano.
Within the Drama Department students explore a variety of drama techniques, including physical theatre skills whilst also exploring characters and themes from classic and contemporary texts.
- Physical Education
Head of Department: Ms. R. Lavin
Our aim in the PE department is to actively engage our pupils to develop their full potential through a range of purposeful, yet enjoyable activities within a challenging and productive environment.
We want pupils to learn and improve where participation and achievement is measured, monitored and celebrated.
- Religious Education
Head of Department: Miss. S. Tragheim
The RE department has a pivotal role in the school, providing not only preparation for examinations, but also spiritual support for staff and students.
Our students are on a journey of faith and it is the privilege of the RE Department to accompany them on this journey.
Head of Department: Mrs. L. Carroll
At KS3 and KS4 Biology, Chemistry and Physics are taught together by specialist teaching staff in purpose built laboratories.
At KS3, pupils have 2 single lessons and 1 double lesson per week providing ample time for experiments, group work etc. Pupils are routinely assessed in a variety of ways including content based tests, role-plays and practical situations.
At GCSE, pupils will either have 6 periods of science per week (combined science) or 9 periods of science per week (triple science). Pupils have the option of choosing which route they want to follow at the end of year 9. For both combined and triple science, we follow the AQA specification. We also offer ELC to some of our pupils.
Students that achieved Grade 4 or above in Biology, Chemistry and Physics
Students that achieved Grade 4 or above in English
Pass rate for AS French, AS Portuguese and AS Spanish