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Admissions Policy 2021-22 Consultation

Plymouth CAST have begun consultation on the Admissions Policy for Notre Dame for 2021-22 admissions. Please see the documents uploaded to the Admissions page via the following link


Any comments on the policy to be passed through the Board of Plymouth CAST for consideration must be emailed to info@ndonline.org by 5pm on 31st January 2020.

Parent Governor Vacancies

We currently have 2 vacancies for the position of Parent Governor on our Local Governing Board. We are looking for Parents or Carers who would be willing to commit to a 4 year term serving on our Governing Board and who could form links with the PTA. To be able to hold the position of Parent Governor you must have a child currently attending the school.

Governor meetings currently take place at 4pm on Wednesdays and a list of our planned meeting dates for this year can be found below along with other information about the Governing Board. Governors are also encouraged to attend whole school events such as open evenings, awards evenings, performances and retreats. There may be some day time commitments required for various functions of the Governing Board at times.

Notre Dame Governance operates as part of the Plymouth CAST Multi Academy Trust and there are termly briefings held locally to bring Governors of all schools within the Trust together. New Governors would be required to attend these along with other training as appropriate.

Further information and an application form can be obtained from Mrs Helen Laird, Clerk to Governors by email at hlaird@ndonline.org.

Applications for these positions are required by 12 noon on Monday 11th November. Should more applications be received than vacancies a vote will be held in which all parents and carers can indicate who they would like to be the parent voice on the Governing Board. Further details of this will follow if appropriate after 11th November.

Governor Vacancy

Notre Dame Plymouth are looking for an enthusiastic individual with experience in the Education sector to join the Local Governing Board.

If you could attend meetings which take place 6 times a year (once per term)at the end of the school day, meet with staff in school to review linked areas and support at whole school events we would love to hear from you.

We are seeking someone who has either worked in Secondary Education or has experience of Governance in this area to join us with immediate effect.

If you are interested in finding out more please contact our Clerk, Helen Laird, at hlaird@ndonline.org to find out more about the role.

International School Award

Posted 11.12.18


Congratulations to Mrs Hanks who collected the International School Award 2018-19 in London from Damian Hinds, Education Secretary, on Wednesday 5th December 2018.


Gen Verde – Start Now Project 2018

Posted 26.11.18


The Gen Verde ‘Start Now’ project was held at Notre Dame and St Boniface’s College earlier in November, led by 12 international artists and performers.  Gen Verde’s purpose was to offer our students the opportunity to break down barriers of prejudice and celebrate diversity, peace, collaboration and self-esteem.

In the intense 5-day programme the band worked with groups of young people from both schools to share skills and prepare them to perform in concert alongside Gen Verde members.  Participants were encouraged to develop existing talents and discover new ones. Through the creative and rehearsal process of preparing a show, the band and workshop members worked side by side as co-protagonists and members of a team in which respect and openness are the norm. If you attended the final concert you will know what a remarkable experience this was for our students. Thank you to all those who supported this event and all the students who took part.

Young Carers Conference

Posted 21.11.18

Notre Dame is a school that cares – so we were thrilled to take part in the Young Carers’ Conference in Plymouth that raised awareness as well as cash for our own young carers.

Led by Lisa Rogers, our Senco, the Notre Dame delegation included LSAs Fran Brady and Inda Badesha and three of our Young Carers past and present, Chloe, Katie and Quiana.

We raised £45 with Fran’s sale of her own home-made and beautifully-packaged cakes and sweets, and the money will be used to provide trips and treats for our young carers.

Our eye-catching stand at the conference on 8 November featured a large display created by Miss Badesha, and a poster that featured a day in the life of a young carer, copies of which were available to take away by delegates.

Our young carers enjoyed the event immensely and were able to talk to others with similar life experiences, while our members of staff were able to hear the latest thinking on how best to support young carers and compare notes with professionals at other schools.

It was an honour to be able to demonstrate our commitment to these amazing young people in front of the Lord Mayor of Plymouth and Lisa Cornish, the passionate and inspiring organiser of the event.

School Closure Thursday 1st March 2018

Based upon the weather forecast for the next 24 hours, the decision has been made to close the school tomorrow Thursday 1st March 2018.