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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.

In 2016

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.