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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 by 5pm on 31st January 2020.

Historians of the future…


On the 6th November 2019 Year 9 students from 5 schools came together to participate in three workshops designed to enrich their experience of history. Students were treated to an artifact handling session run by Lizzie Hilton from The Box and a talk by Professor James Daybell who gifted each student with a copy of his book, Histories of the Unexpected…


Caroline Voaden MEP

01.11.2019 Notre Dame were pleased to welcome Caroline Voaden MEP to the school on Friday, to talk to our NDSixth student about her life and current work with the European Parliament.

Compassionate School Award

1/11/2019   Notre Dame are proud to have become the first school in the country to be awarded the Compassionate School Award on Tuesday 29th October at Plymouth Guildhall.

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

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.

ParentMail – new communication tool

As explained in our Headteacher’s September letter to parents, from 1st October 2019, all communication will be sent to parents/carers using ParentMail.  Once you have registered for an account you will be able to:

Receive school messages and newsletters
Book parents’ evening appointments
Give consent for various school-related activities e.g. trips
Provide feedback

We would encourage all parents/carers to download the free ParentMail app (available from the App Store) as it is the most convenient way for you to get school news, straight to your phone.

If you have not received a registration email inviting you to create an account, please contact Student Services via email:


Posted 16.10.19


HPV Vaccinations for Year 8 Students

For any Year 8 student who did not receive the HPV Vaccination on 1st October 2019, the next opportunity for them to receive the immunisation is Tuesday 11th February 2020 (changed from original date of 6th February).
For your daughter to receive the immunisation on the 11th February, you must complete the online registration and consent form which is open from 7th October and will close two weeks before 11th February.
Please click on the links below to view the original letter from Virgin Care which includes the link to the online portal for registration and consent.  The second and third link provide advice regarding completion of the form and about the HPV vaccination itself.

Any queries should be directed to the Virgin Care Immunisation Team on:
Telephone: 0333 321 9884
Posted 04.10.19

Prayer Vigil for Climate Change

20.09.2019 Students were invited to participate in our prayer vigil for climate change this lunchtime, making hand prints and then adding a prayer for our Common Home on what they had created. Pupils demonstrated great respect during the prayer vigil, which was just one act carried out by our ND community linked to this year’s mission theme of ‘Laudato Si’.

Services for Young People



Plymouth City Council is taking a fresh look at the services on offer for young people in the city aged between 0 and 19 to serve a wider range of age groups and ensure that when young people need support, they have somewhere to go and only have to tell their stories once.  Most people know about children’s centres, and what we do there to cater for 0-5 year-olds.

However, PCC would like some feedback from students as to how they would like the future to look for young people up to the age of 19. It’s really important than any future services are visible and available to schools.

The sort of questions they would like to explore with young people are:

What do you know about the services on offer for young people in Plymouth?
Do you know what kind of support is on offer?
Do you know where to go for that support?
Do you use youth clubs or centres?
What would they like the Council and its partners to provide them with?

How can you help?

Complete the consultation survey by 13th October 2019:
Co-design workshops are taking place in the Guildhall on the following dates:

Sept 24th 10:00-12:00 – Family Hubs Model, Interfaces, Interdependencies & Tools
Sept 24th 12:15-14:00 – Family Hubs & Workforce Development
Oct 8th 10:00-12:00 – Family Hubs Model, Interfaces, Interdependencies & Tools
Oct 8th 12:15-14:00 – Family Hubs & Digital Offer

If you’ve got any questions, or you would like to book a place, please do get in touch with PCC via the Children’s Commissioning Team Mailbox: Children’  


Early Close on 18/09/19

Important Notice

A reminder to all parents/carers that we will have an early close at 1.40pm on Wednesday 18th September 2019 to allow us to set up ahead of our Open Evening taking place from 4-7pm on that evening.

All Students will be released to go home at 1.40pm on this day and will need a note from their parents in their planner to confirm that parents are aware of this.

Posted 11.09.19