A Successful Community
HMI Ofsted inspected the school in November 2012 and graded it ‘An outstanding school’.
The following excerpts come from the Ofsted report.
Students make exceptional progress regardless of their academic ability or background when they join the school
Teaching is outstanding
Students’ attitudes to learning and behaviour are exemplary
Students take part in an outstanding range of activities after school,
at weekends and during holidays
The headteacher brings inspiration and a powerful sense of direction
to leaders, managers, staff and students
The achievement of pupils is outstanding
All students have an equal chance to learn
The quality of teaching is outstanding
Teaching promotes outstanding learning in lessons
Students are eager to learn and are set challenging targets to aim for in their work
Excellent behaviour is the norm in this school because anything less would not be tolerated. Students are unfailingly polite and well mannered
Warm and supportive relationships between staff and students and between the students themselves make it easy for them to learn
Pastoral care is outstanding
The school is ‘a happy place’ in line with the Notre Dame tradition
All students go on to further education, training or employment
Students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is outstanding
At Notre Dame, we educate girls for Success.
We expect students to achieve the highest grades possible and support students who have the potential to achieve A* and A grades at GCSE.
70% of students achieved at least one A* / A grade
29% of students achieved 3 or more A* / A grades
18% of students achieved 5 or more A* / A grades
As the Gifted and Talented Lead for Southwark, we have a strong development programme for our Gifted students. As well as providing differentiated learning opportunities, we offer a wide range of enrichment activities including membership of the Young Gifted and Talented and Internship programmes.
Students with a talent in languages are supported and encouraged to take the GCSE examination at the end of Year 10 so they can progress to AS Level in Year 11.
For Example in 2016
14 students were entered for GCSE Spanish in Year 10
12 achieved A* grade
2 achieved A grade
29 students in Year 11 sat AS level Spanish with 97% passing.
Two classes are entered for the Religious Studies GCSE at the end of Year 10. 94% of them achieved A* - C grades, 40% achieving A* / A grades. In Year 11 they are either studying Philosophy and Ethics at AS level, involved in a Catechetical programme with our local primary school called Faith Friends, or are involved in projects on Social Justice and the encyclicals of Pope Francis.
We are committed to providing opportunities for our able students to reach their potential, achieve academic success and move on to Sixth Form College and University as confident young women who aspire to great things.