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Coronavirus, COVID-19 SCHOOL CLOSURE from 23/03/2020 (updated 07.04.2020)

Updated 07.04.2020

Click the link below for Mrs White’s most recent letter to parents.  We’re asking all parents/carers to email by 7pm on Wednesday 8th April 2020, if they are keyworkers and require provision for their child during the two weeks commencing 14th and 20th April.  Please see the letter for full details.



Updated 01.04.2020

Please see the below letter detailing some guidance on home-learning.


Updated 27.03.2020

If you are a key worker and your shift patterns change for critical response and you will now have to ask for child supervision during the Easter holidays after all,  please email with the details of which day(s) you will require provision.

The provision will be based at St. Boniface’s Catholic College (Address: 21 Boniface Lane, Plymouth, PL5 3AG) but will be staffed jointly by St Boniface’s and Notre Dame staff.


Updated 26.03.2020

Following our request yesterday for parents/carers to contact us by 10.00am today if they required staffing across the Easter Holidays to provide supervision for their child, we can confirm that we have not received any requests for this.

Therefore, the school will be fully closed to all students and staff from Monday 30th March – Monday 13th April 2020. We will re-open for supervision of the children of key workers only from Tuesday 14th April 2020.

Thank you. We are so grateful that you have been able to organise provision for your child at home. This means that our whole community can stay safe at home and protect the NHS.

Read Mrs White’s letter in full by clicking the link below:


Updated 25.03.2020

A letter from Mrs White is linked below and asks parents/carers to contact us via email by 10am tomorrow, Thursday 26th March 2020 if they will require supervision for their child across the Easter Holidays.

“We hope that for the next 2 […]

Kaleidoscope Visitors

We were pleased to welcome Abs from St Luke’s education team with three researchers from Belgium – Bert, Louise and Ruth this week.

Year 9 DTP Vaccinations – April 2020

Posted 11.02.2020

Please follow the link below to view a copy of the letter sent to parents/carers of Year 9 students regarding upcoming Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio vaccinations.

Vaccinations are organised by Virgin Care and any queries regarding the vaccinations should be directed to them. Contact details are included within the letter below.

Parental consent is required by 23rd February 2020.

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