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Notre Dame School is noted for its academic excellence.

Every year Notre Dame  is amongst the highest achieving schools in Southwark in the percentage of its students gaining 5+ A* - C grades in the GCSE exams and for Attainment and Progress 8. It is one of the leading schools in Central London. 

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 two broad bands of ability.  In Year 7 they are taught in mixed ability groups within these bands and from Year 8 onwards they are placed within the bands into ability sets for each different subject.


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.

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.


We also, as part of our enrichment programme, offer a wide range of activities, both before and after school.  These activities include:    

  • Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • a debating club
  • a Shakespeare club
  • musical groups
  • drama group
  • PE clubs
  • art clubs
  • logic club
  • choir 


 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.This should be addressed to Mr. A. Smith, Deputy Head Teacher:

 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.