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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

HPV Vaccinations

Please visit our ‘Information’ then ‘Letters’ tab (or links below) to see three documents regarding HPV vaccinations for current Y7 and Y8 students (who will be in Years 8 and 9 as of September 2019).

Dates of vaccinations for ND students are as follows: (vaccinations will take place in school on these dates):

Tuesday 1 October 2019 – Visit 1 – Autumn Term – Yr 8 HPV Dose 1
Tuesday 11 February 2020 – Visit 2 – Spring Term – Yr 9 HPV Dose 2, Yr 8 9 Dose 1( if not seen on 1 Oct)
Thursday 16 April 2020 – Diphtheria/Tetanus/Polio & Meningitis AWCY – All Yr 9
Tuesday 9 June 2020 – Summer Term – Mop Up sessions – HPV/Diphtheria/Tetanus/Polio & Meningitis AWCY – Any missed vaccinations from 16 April

Posted 12.07.19

MKC Heroes – Secondary School of the Year!

We are delighted to announce that the Notre Dame Military Kids Club Heroes have won the ‘Best Secondary School’ award at the 2019 Military Kids Club Heroes Awards Evening!

Over the last few years, the staff and students have won a number of awards at the MKC Awards Evening and we are overjoyed that we have won again this year.  The award is extremely special to us.

Posted 08.07.19

A ‘Good’ Ofsted Outcome

We are very pleased to announce that following our Inspection on 4th and 5th June 2019, Ofsted have found us to be ‘Good’ in all sections of their inspection as follows:

Overall effectiveness                                    

Effectiveness of leadership and management

Quality of teaching, learning and assessment

Personal development, behaviour and welfare

Outcomes for pupils

16 to 19 study programmes

We are delighted with their judgements and again would like to extend a thank you to parents, carers and students for your support of the school and contributions towards the inspection.
A copy of the full report can be found in two places on our website – under the ‘Information’ tab followed by the ‘Ofsted, Section 48 & Results’ or ‘Letters’ tab.  A link to the report can be found below for ease of reference.

Posted 26.06.19

Initial Ofsted Feedback

Following our Ofsted Inspection on 4th and 5th June 2019, a letter has been sent to parents/carers and students to offer initial feedback on their visit.  Please find a link to this letter below.  It can also be found under the ‘Information’ and ‘Letters’ tabs on our website.

We’d like to thank parents/carers and students for their ongoing support of Notre Dame and positive contributions to the inspection.

The official report will be published in approximately 6 weeks’ time once it has been moderated by Ofsted inspectors.

Posted 14.06.19

Gold DofE Awards!

Congratulations to Jack, Toby and Abby, our sixth form students, who were invited to Buckingham Palace in May to receive their Gold Duke of Edinburgh awards.

In order to achieve the Gold DofE award, students have to complete the following:

12 months of volunteering work
12-18 months of physical and skills
Qualifying expedition (4 days and 3 nights) plus a practice expedition
Residential (5 days and 4 nights) – a shared activity with new people

We are so proud of them – a fabulous achievement!

Here are some pictures of them at Buckingham Palace.




Visit our Extra Curricular page for more information about the DofE programme here at Notre Dame.


Posted 14.06.19