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Notre Dame R C School (Girls)
Looseleigh Lane, Derriford, PL6 5HN, UK Plymouth
+44 (0)1752 775101


We are a school with a strong sense of tradition, a vibrant present and an exciting future. There has been a Notre Dame School in Plymouth for nearly 150 years. This school is proud of its history but is forward looking.

Our school mission statement and our home school agreement demonstrate clearly our ethos and values. Respect and responsibility underpin the learning experience for students and staff here. Our belief that God loves us makes us optimistic and purposeful people. As Cardinal Hume said, we wish to produce ‘young people with ideas and dreams, with a vision of what they want to achieve in life.’ It is also our goal that they experience God’s love through this community.


In September 2005 Notre Dame was designated as a specialist school for Humanities. The lead subject is English, supported by Religious Studies and Drama. The Humanities specialism, with its focus on tolerance and diversity, fits perfectly with our mission statement: we aim to educate the whole person, promoting Christian ideals and values, and our slogan Head, Heart, Hands – reflects this.

Creativity is at the heart of our work as a specialist school. We are developing innovative approaches to teaching and learning to ensure that our classrooms are exciting, engaging places. The use of Drama as a teaching tool across the curriculum motivates students and demands active participation.

Specialist departments are providing rich extra curricular activities for our students. A writer and a director in residence, for example, work with students annually. Reading groups and Drama clubs meet regularly. The Respect group encourage an awareness and appreciation of diversity. Drama productions showcase the excellent work produced by our students at all levels.


Notre Dame is a comprehensive school which aims to provide each student, regardless of ability, with the opportunity to develop their full potential. We seek to create an environment for teaching and learning in which each person can flourish.

The curriculum provides all students with a series of educational experiences which will form the basis for further development. The information given below is necessarily brief. Further information about any particular subject may be obtained from the appropriate Head of Department.


  • Art
  • Drama
  • English with Media Studies
  • Geography
  • Health & Social Care
  • History
  • ICT
  • Maths
  • Modern Foreign Languages
  • Music
  • PE
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies
  • Science
  • Sociology
  • Technology


We offer students a rich and varied programme of activities to build and extend the skills and knowledge acquired in the classroom. These activities take place at lunchtime, in the evenings or at weekends. From time to time longer residential visits are arranged.


The P.E. Department run a number of activities throughout the year. These include: netball, football, dance, cross country, tennis, rounders and athletics. In addition the school enters numerous leagues and tournaments competing against other Plymouth Schools in netball, football, cross country, athletics and rounders. Each year, students have the opportunity to perform in a dance show.


Among the many musical activities offered are membership of the school choirs, Brass, Woodwind and String Ensembles. Students can also participate in musical productions.


“Catch-up” and extension lessons are available at lunchtimes for most year groups each week. Life Drawing classes are run after school for KS4 and KS5 and opportunities to work in other schools in workshop conditions are available each year. Years 9, 10 and 11 can have a Residential Arts week at Beaford each year.

English and Drama

There is a programme of theatre visits and drama workshops. Writers are also invited into school to work with students.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award aims to provide an enjoyable, challenging and rewarding programme of personal development for young people aged between 14 – 25. By undertaking the award students make new friends, discover new activities and develop new skills. The award is undertaken during lunchtimes, after school and weekends. The award has been running in the school for a number of years and is very successful.

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