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Educating Girls for Success

A Learning Community

Notre Dame School is noted for its academic excellence. Every year it is amongst the highest achieving schools in Southwark in the percentage of its students gaining A* - C grades in the GCSE exams and is one of the leading schools in Central London.  It is also amongst the highest performing schools in terms of Pupil Progress.

In order to enable students to achieve their full academic potential they are tested after they have been accepted for a place in the School and grouped into three broad bands of ability.  The top band is similar to a Grammar stream and these students are expected to be aiming for the highest GCSE levels.  The second band should be aiming for Level 5 and above at GCSE (C+).  Students in the third band may have special education needs or are not yet proficient in English.  From Year 8, setting is used across different subjects.

Students have 7 lessons of 45 minutes duration each day, some of which may be double lessons.  The morning session begins with registration at 8.55am and ends at 12.20pm for Year 7, 9 and 11 students and at 1.05pm for Year 8 and 10 students.  The afternoon session begins at 12.55pm for Year 7, 9 and 11 students and at 1.40pm for Year 8 and 10 students.  School ends for all at 3.20pm. 

In Years 7, 8 and 9 students follow a broad and balanced curriculum.  The subjects include: 


Physical Education             

Art & Design







Religious Education

German or Spanish


Design & Technology




In Years 10 and 11 all students study the following subjects:

English Language          

Science (double award) or Triple Science       

French, German, Spanish or Portuguese

English Literature          

(Physics, Chemistry, Biology)



Religious Studies


Physical Education



In addition they also have the choice of studying two or three of the following subjects to GCSE level:






Media Studies

Health and Social Care

Food Technology

Sports Studies

Textile Technology

ASDAN Life Skills





Additional Modern Foreign Languages

Extended work-related opportunities are also offered where appropriate.  In recent years students in years 10 and 11 may continue their education with a number of colleges and training providers off site.  Typically their timetable will allow for them to do this for either one or two days a week.  In recent years students have gained NVQ and other qualifications in Hospitality & Catering, Hair & Beauty, Business Studies, Dance, Child Development and Health & Social Care.

Notre Dame is committed to keeping teaching groups as small as possible and in most classes there are approximately 26 students.


As a Language College we offer a greater range of languages after school including Latin, French, German and Spanish.

Clubs and after school activities can play a vital role in the all-round development of your daughter, providing fantastic support and opportunities to continue learning after norma lessons end.  Additionally after school clubs and activities will give your daughter a chance to mix with the wider school community and play a more inclusive role at Notre Dame. 

Here at Notre Dame, we offer a wide frange of free Extended School activities, these include –

  • - home learning clubs
  • - sports clubs
  • - language clubs
  • - science clubs
  • - maths clubs
  • - dance clubs
  • - drama clubs
  • - music clubs
  • - art and craft
  • - debating club

If a parent has a serious concern about the school curriculum or related matters the parent should, in the first instance, contact the School to arrange a discussion about their concern. 

If the parent is dissatisfied with the outcome of the discussion the parent may then submit a formal complaint to the Headteacher.  This must be done in writing, stating that it is a formal complaint, clearly specifying its nature.

A detailed set of procedures to deal with formal complaints is available on request from the School.