Quick Links

Useful Links

A Learning Community

Notre Dame School is noted for its academic excellence.

Every year it is amongst the highest achieving schools in Southwark in the percentage of its students gaining A* - C grades in the GCSE exams and is one of the leading schools in Central London.  It is also amongst the highest performing schools in terms of Pupil Progress.

In order to enable students to achieve their full academic potential they are tested after they have been accepted for a place in the school and grouped into two broad bands of ability.  The top band is similar to a Grammar stream and these students are expected to be aiming for the highest GCSE levels.  The second band should be aiming for Level 4/5 and above at GCSE (C+).   From Year 8, setting is used across different subjects.


Students have 7 lessons of 45 minutes duration each day, some of which may be double lessons. 

The morning session begins with registration at 8.50am and ends at 12.20pm for Year 7, 9 and 11 students and at 1.05pm for Year 8 and 10 students.  The afternoon session begins at 12.55pm for Year 7, 9 and 11 students and at 1.40pm for Year 8 and 10 students.  School ends for all at 3.20pm.


In Years 7, 8 and 9 students follow a broad and balanced curriculum. 

The subjects include: 

English Physical Education Art & Design
Mathematics Computing Geography
Science  French Music
Religious Education German or Spanish History
Design & Technology Drama  Latin

In Years 10 and 11 all students study the following subjects:

English Language

English Literature  


Physical Education

Science (Trilogy) or Triple Science (Physics, Chemistry, Biology)

Religious Studies

French, German, Spanish or


In addition they also have the choice of studying two or three of the following subjects to GCSE level:

History Art Music
Geography Drama Media Studies
Child Development Food Technology Sports Studies
Textile Technology Computing
Sociology Latin ICT               

Additional Modern Foreign Languages:

  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Portuguese
  • Italian

Notre Dame is committed to keeping teaching groups as small as possible and in most classes there are approximately 26 students.


As a Language College we offer a greater range of languages than many schools.


Clubs and after school activities can play a vital role in the all-round development of your daughter, providing fantastic support and opportunities to continue learning after normal lessons end. 

Additionally, after school clubs and activities will give your daughter a chance to mix with the wider school community and play a more inclusive role at Notre Dame. 

Here at Notre Dame, we offer a wide range of free Extended School activities. 

These include –

  • - home learning clubs
  • - sports clubs
  • - language clubs
  • - science clubs
  • - maths clubs
  • - dance clubs
  • - drama clubs
  • - music clubs
  • - arts and crafts
  • - debating club


If a parent has a serious concern about the school curriculum or related matters the parent should, in the first instance, contact Ms Nguyen, Assistant Head Teacher, at hnguyen@notredame.southwark.sch.uk to arrange a discussion about their concern. 

If the parent is dissatisfied with the outcome of the discussion the parent may then submit a formal complaint to the Headteacher.  This must be done in writing, stating that it is a formal complaint, clearly specifying its nature.

A detailed set of procedures to deal with formal complaints is available on request from the School.