Please find our Admission Information below related to the following application circumstances:

  • If you are applying to Notre Dame for a place for your daughter to start in September 2018.
  • If your daughter is already attending a secondary school but you would like to apply to Notre Dame for a place in Years 7-11 during the academic year 2017-18.

If you would like to apply for a place in ND Sixth, our 6th Form, for September 2018 or if you are already in Year 12 or 13 and would like to apply then please go to the ND Sixth page.

Admissions Criteria

The full policy is listed below under Admission Information below.    Here is the school’s admissions categories in brief:

A child with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) or Statement of Special Educational Needs (SEN) which names the school will be admitted.

  1. Looked After, or previously Looked After Children
  2. Students who are Roman Catholic
  3. Students who already attend a CAST school or a Roman Catholic school
  4. Students who are baptised or recognised members of a Christian denomination or other faith community
  5. Students for whom exception medical or social justification is demonstrated
  6. Students of no particular faith tradition whose parents/guardians express a desire for faith-based schooling
  7. All other applicants

OPEN MORNING (Y6 students)

Wednesday 11th October 2017

Due to the traffic disruption that occurred during the afternoon of our Open Evening on 20th September we are aware that many prospective parents and students were not able to make that event.

As a result, we will hold a further open morning on Wednesday 11th October.

To secure a place for this morning; please complete the form on our home page.  Numbers are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment. The school will welcome parents and students from 10.15am until 11.40am and you will be able to hear the Headteacher’s presentation, see the new school uniform, find out about our new private school bus and tour the school.

Parent Packs containing Supplementary Information Forms, uniform information, private bus information and timetable, exam results and the latest edition of NDNews will be provided on arrival.

We look forward to seeing you.

How to apply for a place: If your application is on faith grounds, don’t forget to send us your Supplementary Information Form that will allow us to rank your application.  Some applicants forget to do this and without this form we cannot rank your form in accordance with our Admissions Policy. This may result in a lower position on the ranked list than your daughter is entitled to.

The deadline for returning the Supplementary Information Form to us is 31st October every year.

School Tours

We offer school tours once a month.  For more information and to book an appointment, please contact 01752 775101 and speak with Miss Crew.

Admission Information for a place in Y7 for Sept 2018

(Secondary Admissions)

The admission arrangements outlined in this section apply to children starting in Year 7 for the first time in 2018/19.  The published admission number (PAN) for this year group is 140.  The closing date for applications is 31 October 2017.  Allocation results will be notified on 1 March 2018 (or the next working day where 1 March is not a normal working day).  Notre Dame RC School follows Plymouth City Council’s co-ordinated secondary admissions scheme available at www.plymouth.gov.uk/schooladmissions.

All applicants must:

(i)            Complete the Common Application Form available from, and returnable to their home local authority.

(ii)           In addition, applicants should complete the school’s own supplementary information form if the application is made on faith grounds. If you only complete the Local Authority form your application will be valid, but the school may not be able to rank your application against the faith admission criteria.  If you only complete the school’s form your application will not be valid and will not be considered.

Oversubscription criteria for Notre Dame RC School for normal point of entry and in-year admissions

A child with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) or Statement of Special Educational Needs (SEN) which names the school will be admitted.

Where there are fewer applicants than the PAN, all children will be admitted unless they can be offered a higher ranked preference.  In the event that the Academy is oversubscribed, the admission authority will apply the following oversubscription criteria in order of priority:

  1. Looked after children and all previously looked after children.

A ‘looked after child’ is a child who is (a) in the care of a local authority, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions (see the definition in Section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989) at the time of making an application to a school.  Previously looked after children are children who were looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a child arrangements order or special guardianship order).

  1. Students who are Roman Catholic.

This should be evidenced either by completion of the supplementary information form, signed by the RC Parish Priest to confirm baptism or that the child is enrolled as a catechumen or by attaching an RC baptism certificate to the supplementary information form.

  1. Girls attending a feeder school.

A feeder school is any Catholic Primary School.

  1. Girls who are baptised or recognised members of a Christian denomination or other faith.

This should be evidenced either by completion of the supplementary information form, signed by a Christian Minister/Priest/Senior Leader of their faith community to confirm baptism or by attaching a baptism certificate to the supplementary information form.  Where a faith community does not recognise or carry out baptisms, the form must be signed by the faith leader to confirm membership of the community.

  1. Girls for whom exceptional medical or social justification is demonstrated.

This should be evidenced by written testimony from a medical practitioner, social worker or other professional that demonstrates that only Notre Dame School can meet the exceptional needs of the child. This evidence should be returned direct to Notre Dame School by 31st October 2017.

  1. Girls of no particular faith tradition whose parents/guardians nonetheless wish their child to receive faith-based schooling within the Catholic Christian tradition.
  2. Other applicants who do not fall into the above categories.

In the event of oversubscription within any criterion, the allocation of places will be decided by:

a)    Girls with siblings who are still attending Notre Dame School, Plymouth, at the time of their admission. (“Siblings” means brothers or sisters.  They are defined as children with at least one natural or adoptive parent in common, living at the same or a different address).

b)    Within each category, children of multiple birth (including those born within the same academic cohort) where an application is submitted for the admission of all children of that multiple birth will be placed at the top of that admission category.  Should it transpire that it is not possible to offer place(s) to all children within that multiple birth, the parent will be invited to nominate which should be allocated the place(s).

c)     The basis of distance between home and school.  Measurements are taken by a straight line on a map using Plymouth City Council’s electronic mapping system1 – the shorter the distance the higher the priority.  Measurement points will be from the spatial locator identified by the National Land and Property Gazetteer. The spatial locator is the address point based on a general internal point.  Flats are therefore taken to be the same measurement point regardless of floor or location.

Notes:

Appeals:In the event that an applicant is denied a place at the school, the parent/carer will have the right of appeal to an independent appeal panel. Information relating to the appeal process can be obtained from Plymouth City Council’s School Admissions Team.

Home address:Any allegations received by the admission authority of people providing false or accommodation addresses when applying for school places shall be fully investigated and, if found to be true, allocated places may be withdrawn, as appropriate. Schools have been advised by Plymouth City Council to ask parents to provide proof of residence (for example utility bills) before admitting a child. Plymouth Local Authority (LA) will also carry out checks as appropriate1. A child’s home address is defined as the address at which the child is normally resident or, where a child lives at more than one address, the address at which the child lives for the majority of the time. Where the home address is unclear, the Admission Authority will determine the appropriate address taking into account factors such as the address to which the Child Benefit Allowance or Child Tax Credit is payable, registration for medical services etc.

Multiple births: Defined as children of multiple birth (including those born within the same academic year cohort). We understand that parents/carers would like to keep twins, triplets and other children of multiple birth together. Where the admission criteria is applied and it is not possible to offer places to all children of the same multiple birth family we would work with the family to find the best solution for them and their children. Should it transpire that it is not possible to offer place(s) to all children within that multiple birth, the parent will be invited to nominate which child should be allocated the place(s).

Parents seeking a place for their child outside of their normal age group: To make an application for admission out of age cohort, please include a letter to accompany your Supplementary Information Form explaining the reason for this request (for example, for a gifted and talented child, or a child who has experienced ill-health).  To support such an application, documentary evidence should be submitted.  These applications will be reviewed by the Governors Admission Committee.

Response:Parents/carers must respond to an allocation of a school place within two weeks of the date of notification of availability of a school place. Response must be made to Plymouth City Council. In the absence of a response, the offer may be revoked and the place may be reallocated to someone else.

Definitive tie-breaker: In the event of there still being a tie, there will be a random ballot using an electronic random number generator. Such a ballot will be supervised by an officer of Plymouth City Council1.

Waiting lists:If a place cannot be offered at the preferred school, the child’s name will automatically be added to the waiting list for any school ranked higher than the school allocated.Those on a waiting list and late applicants will be treated equally and placed on the same list.Waiting lists will be held in the order of the published admission criteriaand will be maintained until the end of the summer holidays 2018 in respect of the normal point of entry. Any vacancies that arise will be allocated to the child at the top of the waiting list.

From the commencement of the September term in 2018, the in-year admissions scheme applies and the waiting list procedure will change in that parents will be asked to confirm their wish for their child to remain on a waiting list in order that the list can be kept up to date.

Feeder schools

Secondary School Feeder primary schools
Notre Dame RC School Plymouth:

  • Cathedral School of St Mary’s RC
  • Holy Cross RC
  • Keyham Barton RC
  • St Joseph’s RC
  • St Paul’s RC
  • St Peter’s RC

Any other Catholic primary school

 

Admission Policy 2017-18

(In-Year Admissions for Y7 – Y11 applicants from September 2017 – July 2018)

The following criteria will apply:

Admissions to Years 7 – 11 will follow the Year 7 Admissions Criteria with the following amendment. The first decider in the oversubscription criteria for each category will give priority to those moving into the Plymouth local authority who are not already registered with a school in the Authority. The Admissions Policy for entry to the school in Year 7 for 2017-18 is:-

Admission Policy 2017-18

The planned admission number (PAN) for entry in Year 7 in 2017-18 is 140. In applying our admission criteria:

If you want to apply for a place at Notre Dame RC School you should complete and return not only the Local Authority Common Application Form (CAF), but also the school’s own Supplementary Information Form, in the forms section of the Next Step Booklet (for Plymouth LA), available on request from the school or downloadable below.

If you only complete the Local Authority form your application will be valid, but the school may not be able to rank your application against their admission criteria. If you only complete the school’s form your application will not be valid and will not be considered.

Children with Statements of Special Educational Need will be admitted before any other child ranked by the criteria below.

All other applications will be ranked on the criteria listed below:

  1.  A Looked after child, or a previously looked after child.  A ‘looked after child’ is a child who is (a) in the care of a local authority, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions (see the definition in Section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989) at the time of making an application to a school.  Previously looked after children are children who were looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a child arrangements order or special guardianship order).    
  2. Girls who are baptised Roman Catholic.  This should be evidenced by a baptism certificate or by the Supplementary Information Form being signed by their RC Parish Priest to confirm baptism or that the child is enrolled as a catechumen.
  3.  Girls who are baptised or recognised members of a Christian denomination or other faith.  This should be evidenced by a baptism certificate or by the Supplementary Information Form being signed by a Christian Minister/Priest/Senior Leader of their faith community to confirm baptism.  Where a faith community does not recognise or carry out baptisms, the form must be signed by the faith leader to confirm membership of the community.
  4. Girls for whom exceptional medical or social justification is demonstrated.  This should be evidenced by testimony from a medical practitioner, social worker or other professional that demonstrates that only Notre Dame R C School can meet the exceptional needs of the child.
  5. Girls of no particular faith tradition whose parents/guardians nonetheless wish their child to receive faith-based schooling within the Catholic Christian tradition.
  6. Other applicants who do not fall into the above categories.

In the event of oversubscription within any criterion, the allocation of places will be decided by:

a) Girls with siblings who are still attending Notre Dame RC School, Plymouth, at the time of their admission. (“Siblings” means brothers or sisters. They are defined as children with at least one natural or adoptive parent in common, living at the same or a different address).

b) Within each category, children of multiple birth (including those born within the same academic cohort) where an application is submitted for the admission of all children of that multiple birth will be placed at the top of that admission category. Should it transpire that it is not possible to offer place(s) to all children within that multiple birth, the parent will be invited to nominate which should be allocated the place(s).

c) Girls attending a Feeder Primary School, as specified in the Plymouth LA “The Next Step” booklet or attending another RC school.

d) “The basis of distance between home and school. Measurements are taken by a straight line on a map using the Council’s electronic mapping system – the shorter the distance the higher the priority. Measurement points will be from an internal point of the building concerned (usually the visual centre of the building). Flats are therefore taken to be the same measurement point regardless of floor or location.”

Definitive tie-breaker; in the event of there still being a tie in any of the categories, there will be a random ballot using an electronic random number generator.

Parents seeking a place for their child outside of their normal age group;

To make an application for admission out of age cohort, please include a letter to accompany your Supplementary Information Form explaining the reason for this request (for example, for a gifted and talented child, or a child who has experienced ill-health).  To support such an application, documentary evidence should be submitted.  These applications will be reviewed by the Governors Admission Committee.

Supplementary Information Forms

Admissions Policies 2017/18 (in-year admission) & 2018/19 (secondary transfer)

Notes

  • The information on this website reflects the current situation and therefore may change. Please check regularly so that you are aware of any amendments that do occur.
  • If you wish to arrange a visit to view the school, please ring 01752 775101 to arrange a convenient day and time or email : rcrew@ndonline.org
  • The planned admission number (PAN) for entry into years 7 – 11 in 2017-18 is 140.
  • The planned admission number (PAN) for entry in Year 7 in 2018-19 is 140.
  • If you want to apply for a place at Notre Dame Plymouth on faith grounds you should complete and return not only the Local Authority Common Application Form (CAF), but also the school’s own Supplementary Information Form, in the forms section of the Next Step Booklet (for Plymouth LA), available on request from the school or downloaded above.
  • If you apply on faith grounds and only complete the Local Authority form your application will be valid, but the school may not be able to rank your application against their admission criteria.  If you only complete the school’s form your application will not be valid and will not be considered.