Notre Dame offers a broad and balanced curriculum, with increasing choice and focus as students progress through the school. All students study a core curriculum of English, Maths, Science and Religious Studies. They also take a Modern Foreign Language, PE and PSHE.

 
At Key Stage 3 this core is complemented by History, Geography, Art, Drama, Technology and ICT. There are also two subjects unique to Notre Dame. Ubuntu in Year 7 supports the transition of our newest children, focusing on their place in our school community whilst Kairos in Year 8 looks to ways in which they can act to make a difference to others.

 
At Key Stage 4 students focus on core and options subjects whilst at Key Stage 5 they can choose from a range of vocational and academic pathways, leading to employment, apprenticeship or university.

 
Girls leave Notre Dame ready to embrace their chosen future.

 

National Curriculum Key Stages and Year Groups

Key Stage 3 = Years 7, 8 and 9

There is a broad curriculum consisting of:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Information Communication Technology
  • Learning to Learn
  • Geography
  • History
  • French or Spanish
  • Drama
  • Art
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • PSHE

In Y7 all students follow our ‘Ubuntu’ course and in Y8 all students follow our ‘Kairos’ course. In Mathematics, English, Science and Modern Foreign Language groups are set according to student needs.

Key Stage 4 = Years 10 and 11 (GCSE)

There is a core curriculum of:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science (Dual Certificate)
  • Religious Education
  • PSHE
  • Physical Education

Within the option blocks we have courses in:

  • Separate Sciences
  • Geography
  • History
  • Art & Design
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Drama
  • Music
  • Design and Technology (Food, Product Design, Textiles)
  • Physical Education
  • ICT
  • Health and Social Care
  • Vocational training

Depending on their chosen pathway students will study between 6 and 14 GCSEs or equivalent qualifications. The decision for this is taken in consultation with the students and their parents and based largely on their predicted end of Key Stage 3 scores. Aptitude for certain ways of learning is also taken into consideration.