Notre Dame School

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Notre Dame School is a welcoming and inclusive Catholic foundation for girls, where they are supportively challenged to find their potential and to grow into responsible, well-educated, sociable and compassionate young women. We provide an exceptional all round education for girls 2 to 18.

Conveniently located just off the A3, Notre Dame has superb facilities set in 17 acres of land, with a new all-weather pitch, running track, new tennis and netball courts, a cross-country track, professional theatre, indoor swimming pool, purpose-built science labs, Sixth Form Centre, recording studio, three art studios and our own Chapel.

Our objective is to give every girl a balanced perspective, based on motivation, achievement, enjoyment and high personal expectations. We recognise and nurture strengths, identify and resolve weaknesses, and encourage individuality and independence.

Here at Notre Dame we know that every girl is unique and special. She has her own talents and strengths. It is our role as an academic school to give her every chance to find her talents, every chance to shine, to give her confidence to try and the skills to succeed.

That is why Notre Dame is so much more than just an academic school. We are very proud of the examination results our girls achieve. Our teachers make sure they know each girl, they know the heights she can rise to, and they will do their utmost to help her get there. In everything we do, academic rigour is combined with wide opportunities and with dedication and compassion. Our girls are the women of the future, we are sending them out into the world to offer a helping hand, to be the leaders of tomorrow, to be kind and caring, as well as being equipped with the academic qualifications they need. We are focussed on the person as the centre of education. We seek to provide an education fitted to the needs of each person and which nurtures the development of her potential.

We are linked to our own Prep School which caters for girls from age 2 to 11 and boys from 2 to 7.

Gifted & Talented

We provide challenge and extension in the curriculum and also enrichment events across the full breadth of the curriculum for able students

SEN

We provide, where necessary and at the parents’ request, support lessons on a one-to-one basis for literacy and / or numeracy and for EAL tuition. We are a selective school, although not highly so, and so students here are able to access the normal curriculum. We do provide differentiated learning opportunities for those who find access a little challenging, both in lessons and for homework.

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