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 2020.
  • 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 2019-20.

If you would like to apply for a place in ND Sixth, our 6th Form, for September 2019 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 children and those who were previously looked after. (See note 1)
  2. Students who have an exceptional medical or social need or those of their parents. (See page 10)
  3. Students who are baptised Catholic. (See note 2)
  4. Students attending a Catholic Primary School.
  5. Students who are siblings of pupils on roll at this school.
  6. Students who are members of any other faith. (See note 3)
  7. Daughters of members of staff who have been employed at this school for more than two years or recruited within the past two years to fill a vacancy.
  8. Other girls.

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.

Waiting List for Y7 2019

Should you wish to be added to our waiting list, please contact Mrs Laird at  Please remember that if you are applying on faith grounds you should complete and return our Supplementary Information Form to us (see below) to ensure that your application is ranked within the highest placing available.

Any parent wishing to secure a place at Notre Dame School for a Y7 student in September 2019 will need to have made an application to their local authority.

From September 2018 we introduced a new uniform for students joining Y7.  Information on the uniform can be found here: 

School Tours

Please ring 01752 775101 and ask to speak to Miss Crew to book on to a scheduled tour.  Tours take approximately 30 minutes.  Please inform us of any special access requirements you may have so that we can ensure a route that covers accessibility to most areas of the school.

Please note that due to the high demand we have for school tours it is likely that there will be 2-3 families on each tour.

We would be grateful for families to contact us as soon as possible if you need to cancel your booking so that we can open up availability to other families on the waiting list.

Tour dates for Year 5 students will open in January 2020.  The first formal opportunity for Year 5 students to view the school will be our Summer Open Afternoon in  June/July 2020.  Further details including dates and timings will be published on our website and Facebook page closer to the time.

Admissions Policies 2020/2021

Key information about the school

Department for Education school number 879/4605
What kind of school is this? Roman Catholic Girls’ Comprehensive Academy (admitting boys Post 16)
Does this school have a religious character? Catholic Diocese of Plymouth
Who is the Admissions authority? Plymouth CAST Multi-Academy Trust
Age range of students in this school: 11 – 18
Published Admission Number: 140  
Catchment area? No
School Supplementary Information Form Yes – on faith grounds – appendix 1
Usual birthdate range for Year 7 girls 1 September 2008 to 31 August 2009
Do we ask students to wear a uniform? Yes


When can parents apply for admission to Year 7? 3 September 2019 – 31 October 2019
How can parents apply for admission to Year 7?
When will places be offered for Year 7? 2 March 2020
When will places be offered for Year 12? further information on this
When should appeals for admissions to Year 7 be submitted?
When can applications for In-yearadmission be made? At any time
Oversubscription criteria
Any student whose Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) names this school will be admitted.
Oversubscription criteria (to be used only if we need to prioritise applications – see notes on page 17):
  1. Looked after children and those who were previously looked after. (See note 1)


  1. Students who have an exceptional medical or social need or those of their parents. (See page 10)


  1. Students who are baptised Catholic. (See note 2)


  1. Students attending a Catholic Primary School.


  1. Students who are siblings of pupils on roll at this school.


  1. Students who are members of any other faith. (See note 3)


  1. Daughters of members of staff who have been employed at this school for more than two years or recruited within the past two years to fill a vacancy.


  1. Other girls.
Tie breaker: Where we have to choose between two or more children in the same category as each other, then the nearer to the school the child lives – as measured by a straight line on the map using Plymouth City Council’s electronic mapping system1.

Information about this policy

Vision and values:

This policy supports the vision and values of Plymouth CAST.

Policy Principles:

This policy:

  • Ensures Plymouth CAST schools comply with the requirements of the School Admissions Code
  • Provides a CAST-wide approach to admissions
  • Ensure all schools apply the same over-subscription criteria across the trust
  • Provide a central point for consultation with local authorities
  • Be reviewed each year by the trust leadership team and directors

Policy Aims:

  • To enable parents to know when and how to apply for places at CAST schools
  • To assist school leaders in meeting statutory requirements
  • To identify a best practice approach to waiting lists
  • To explain what supplementary documentation is required, when and to who
  • To provide a transparent approach to allocation of places at CAST schools

Relevant legislation and linked policies

School Admissions Code 2014: DfE

Fair Access Protocols: DfE

School Admissions Appeal Code: DfE

Local authority admission arrangements

Roles and Responsibilities:

Headteachers are responsible for:

  • Providing advice and guidance to the LGB and the directors as to requirements under the School Admissions and Appeals Codes
  • Making arrangements for determining admissions and hearing admissions appeals
  • Ensuring local authority deadlines are met

Local Governing Boards are responsible for:

  • Supporting the Headteacher to determine arrangements
  • Ensuring effective arrangements are in place for pupil recruitment

The trust senior executive leadership team are responsible for:

  • Preparing a CAST wide admissions policy, which takes account of Diocesan guidance and the School Admissions and Appeals Code
  • Providing oversight, and support, of the implementation of admissions arrangements across the company
  • Ensuring that the impact of any proposed changes to an academy’s admission arrangements are considered in light of the other academies in the company and other catholic schools generally in the diocese
  • Report to the directors regarding admissions arrangements across the academies in the company
  • Ensuring effective arrangements are in place for pupil recruitment to the academies in the company
  • Providing advice and guidance to directors regarding the requirements of the Schools Admissions and Appeals Codes

Directors are responsible for:

  • Approving a CAST wide admissions policy, which takes account of Diocesan guidance and the School Admissions and Appeals Code
  • Adopting the CAST-wide admissions policy prepared by the senior executive leadership and ensure that it complies with all diocesan requirements

Local authorities are responsible for:

  • Providing information to parents about the school
  • Providing applications and other available documentation to the school to be able to order parents who have applied for a place at the school
  • Managing in-year admissions

This policy applies to all admissions for the school year 2020-21.

Religious education and worship are in accordance with the teachings and doctrines of the Catholic Church. This does not affect the right of parents or carers who are not of the faith of these schools to apply for and to be considered for places. We ask all parents or carers applying for a place to respect this ethos and its importance to the school community.

Our school serves the Catholic communities of Plymouth. We also welcome applications from all parents and carers, regardless of faith or background, who would like their daughters to be educated in a Christian environment.

Plymouth CAST is the admission authority for the Notre Dame and is responsible for determining the admissions policies. On behalf of the Trust, the admissions process for our schools is coordinated by the local authority.

The directors of the academy trust are responsible for the admissions policy and for ensuring the policy is implemented in CAST schools. School leaders (supported by the Local Governing Board) are responsible for following the admissions policy and providing information to directors to enable them to fulfil their responsibilities.

Contacts for Further Information

Plymouth CAST Multi-Academy Trust

St Boniface House, Ashburton TQ13 7JL

01364 645450

Churches Together in England

020 7529

Diocese of Plymouth

01364 645390

Plymouth County Council School Admissions Service


Telephone 01752 307469

Plymouth County Council policies, information and admissions application forms

Plymouth County Council Admission Appeals

01752 307166


 Plymouth Education Transport Team


Telephone 01752 308770

To view your options for home to school travel using bus, cycle, train and walking please visit: and

 The Department for Education (DfE)

0870 000 2288

The Education &Skills Funding Agency (ESFA)

0370 000 2288

 Office of the Schools Adjudicator

01325 735303

The Application Process

Application Form

Applications at the main point of entry (Year 7) must be made on the Plymouth local authority application form. Applications must be made to Plymouth local authority by the closing date of 31 October 2019.


Local Authority Deadline for applications Website link
Plymouth 31 October 2019

Applications deadlines:

The admission arrangements outlined in this section apply to children starting in Year 7 for the first time in 2020/2021. Allocation results will be notified on 2 March 2020. Notre Dame RC School follows Plymouth City Council’s co-ordinated secondary admissions scheme available at Any applications received later than the deadline will be dealt with as late applications.

Please ensure applications and supplementary evidence is submitted by the deadline for the relevant authority.

Applications under faith criteria

Applicants wishing to apply for a place under faith criteria should complete the Supplementary Form (appendix 1).

The completed form, together with any required evidence, (see below), should be returned to the school by the closing date.

Parents and carers applying under the faith criteria should either:

  • Complete the SIF (appendix 1) along with a copy of your daughter’s baptism certificate


  • Complete the SIF (appendix 1), signed by the relevant faith leader.

Exceptional need for admission to our school

We give priority to students where there is an exceptional need to attend this school and not another school. The need must be specific to this school: a girl may have very challenging circumstances that require additional support but if that support could also be provided at another school, there would be no exceptional need to attend this school.

In order to seek priority on this basis, parents must provide evidence that this school is the only school which meets the needs of your daughter.

The exceptional need could be due to the parent’s circumstances. Exceptional need could include:

  • A serious medical condition, which can be supported by medical evidence;
  • Significant caring responsibilities, which can be supported by a social worker;
  • Where one or both parents or the student has a disability that may make travel to another school more difficult, which can be supported by medical evidence.

These examples are not meant to be exhaustive or exclusive. Neither should it be assumed that similar circumstances would impact on different students and families in the same way.

  • if there are medical reasons that make it essential for a girl to attend this school, the parent must provide supporting information from a doctor, together with any other relevant information. This must make a compelling case as to why the student’s needs or the parent’s can only be met here; a medical condition in itself will not automatically result in a place here. It is not essential for the doctor to name this school and we wouldn’t expect a doctor to have sufficient, specific knowledge of the school but the evidence should explain exactly what the student’s needs are and what specialist support and facilities are required.
  • for social reasons, parents must provide independent evidence from a relevant professional supporting the family. The supporting evidence must set out the particular reasons why this school is the most suitable and the difficulties that would be caused if the student had to attend another school. It is not essential for the professional supporting the family to have in-depth knowledge of this school but the evidence must explain exactly what the needs are and what specialist support and facilities are required.

Exceptional need for admission here will not be accepted on the grounds that:

  • a girl may be separated from a friendship group;
  • parents wish to avoid a girl from the current or previous setting;
  • child-care arrangements before or after school would have to be changed;
  • transport arrangements would have to be changed;
  • there is a medical condition such as asthma that doesn’t require specialised treatment;
  • the student has a particular interest or ability in a subject or activity.

Evidence from a relevant professional, independent of the family will be required in every case and should be made available before the deadline for applications.

Parents can indicate on a common application form that they believe there is an exceptional need for admission here. It is not expected that a parent will seek this priority at a school that was not named as the first preference. The onus is on parents to submit their supporting evidence and to provide further evidence if requested to do so. Parents who apply using a common application form from another local authority without a tick box for exceptional need should put a note in the reasons for their preference that they are requesting exceptional need priority and provide the required supporting evidence.

If the local authority accepts thatexceptional need has been demonstrated, the application will be prioritised under oversubscription criterion 2. This does not guarantee that a place will be available. Where the local authority does not agree that the need is exceptional, the application will be prioritised according to other oversubscription criteria.

Catchment Area:

We do not operate a catchment area which gives priority for school admissions purposes.

How the Admissions Process works

Without exception, all parents have to make a formal application for admission to a state-funded school. Places are not allocated automatically and no student has a guarantee of admission. This includes students with siblings at a school or those at a particular school. We welcome visits from parents – and their daughters – who are considering applying for a place here. This is an opportunity to see what we have to offer. Visits are not a compulsory part of the admissions process and will not affect decisions on whether a place can be offered here. Parents can arrange visits by contacting the school office.

Policy Changes:

Once our policy is determined, it cannot be changed unless an amendment is required to correct a typographical error, to ensure that the policy complies with the Codes, in response to a determination of the Office of the School’s Adjudicator or where approval has been received to a request for an In-Year Variation. Any amendments that are made will be detailed in the Policy Version section above.

Statutory Information

Admission of students outside the normal age group

Parents may seek a place for their daughter outside of the normal age group for example if the student is exceptionally gifted and talented or has experienced problems such as ill health. However, this is a Trust decision and strict criteria apply. The Trust has the right to refuse if it believes it could compromise the student or school.

Parents who wish to seek a place for their daughter outside the normal age group should make an application for a school place for the student’s normal age group and should also submit a request for admission out of the normal age group at the same time, following the procedure set out by the relevant local authority.

Although the process is co-ordinated by the local authority, the decision is made by the Trust. The decision will be made based upon which age group the student should be admitted into, taking account of the circumstances of each case and the best interests of the student. Once that decision has been made the oversubscription criteria will be applied to determine if a place can be offered at the school.

The school is not required to honour a decision made by another admission authority on admission out of the normal age group. Your statutory right to appeal against the refusal of a place at a school for which you have applied is unaffected. However the right to appeal does not apply if you are offered a place at the school but it is not in your preferred age group.

Late Applications

Late applications will be administered in accordance with the local authority admissions policy within which the academy is located.

Fair Access Protocols:

Local Authorities are required to have Fair Access Protocols in order to make sure that unplaced students, especially the most vulnerable, are offered a place at a suitable school as quickly as possible. This includes admitting students above the admissions number to schools that are already full.

Statutory right of appeal:

Information on how to appeal can be found on the local authority website. Your appeal should be lodged within twenty school days after the date of the decision letter.

If a student is not offered a place, parents/carers have a statutory right to appeal. An appeal should be made in writing to the local authority.

Fraudulent Information:

If the allocation of a place has been made on the basis of fraudulent or intentionally misleading information, the trust reserves the right to withdraw the place.

Waiting Lists:

Parents whose daughters have not been offered their preferred school in the normal admissions round will be added to their preferred school’s waiting list. Waiting lists for admission will remain open until the end of the Autumn Term in the admission year. A waiting list is maintained for year groups other than the intake year.

Waiting lists are ranked in the same order as the oversubscription criteria listed below. The student’s position on the waiting list may change. This means that the student’s waiting list position during the year could go up or down.

Any late applications will be added to the list in accordance with the oversubscription criteria. Inclusion on a school’s waiting list does not mean that a place will eventually become available.

Applications for twins/multiple birth students:

Where a place available is offered to one student from a twin or multiple birth, a place will normally be offered to both twins, triplets etc even if this means exceeding the admission number.

 Pupils who have EHCPs

All students who have an Educational Health and Care Plan (EHCP) which names the school will be offered a place.

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


Supplementary Information Forms

Admissions Policies 2020/21 (secondary transfer and Sixth Form) and 2019/20 (in-year admission)



  • 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.
  • The planned admission number (PAN) for entry into years 7 – 11 in 2020-21 is 140.
  • If you want to apply for a place at Notre Dame Plymouth on faith grounds you should additionally complete the school’s own Supplementary Information Form.  Forms can be downloaded from this page.  This form should be completed and sent to the school with appropriate evidence.  Please call the school if you need further guidance.
  • 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.