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A very friendly college

Notre Dame is not just about gaining qualifications and passing exams. It’s a very friendly college and you’ll join a highly supportive community.

“The best thing about the college is everyone feels they are in a big family, whether they know each other or not”
Sajid, Lower Sixth Student

A place where you will be looked after

Lorraine Yates, a Social Worker (employed by Catholic Care), offers a completely confidential service to any student in College who may be faced with any personal issues. You may want to see her just once, or come every week for as long as you may need. People come and talk to her about family problems, depression, relationship problems, pregnancy, health worries, and a whole range of other things that could be getting them down.

Notre Dame is a Catholic college with a strong tradition of pastoral care for students. The Chaplaincy, run by our Lay Chaplain Andrew Sullivan, exists to help students and staff spiritually and emotionally. Andrew operates an ‘open door policy’ so students can drop in and have a chat. Our Priest Chaplain, Fr John McAulay, leads liturgies throughout the year. The College’s beautiful chapel is available for quiet prayer and reflection; and Mass is celebrated regularly in the Chapel. A room for students of other faiths is also available on request for prayer and meditation.

There is a weekly tutorial programme when tutors are available to give out important information about what is happening in college. Topics covered include study and revision tips, careers advice, and going to university. Extensive guidance is offered by staff and outside speakers to lead you through the complicated process of university application. The college employs full-time Careers and Educational Advisors so Careers advice is available throughout the day.

Subject workshops are available for students who want to go over parts of the course that they may have found difficult. This is often on a one-to-one basis and can be invaluable in the run-up to the final exams. The college is committed to supporting the study needs of all students. Students wishing to develop their study skills e.g. time management, literacy and numeracy can do so by accessing Study Link. Trained staff will help you to design an individual programme of learning that you will then work through together. You can arrange sessions yourself or through discussion with any of your teachers.

Additional learning support is offered by experienced teachers to all students. We provide specialist teaching for students with a learning difficulty and support for students with a disability or long term medical condition. Where appropriate, Access arrangements are made for exams. Support for literacy, numeracy and study skills is available in Study Link. The department has a number of facilities and resources available to help students with their studies which include two well-equipped study rooms and self access learning materials. Specialist equipment is available for students with a learning difficulty or disability – for example, a portable hearing loop and laptops, issued on a priority basis. Students can access this support at any time. Further information is available in the Student Planner.

The college is committed to ensuring that disabled people, including those with learning difficulties, are treated fairly. All reasonable adjustments to provision will be made to ensure that disabled students and other disabled people are not substantially disadvantaged.

Student senate and newspaper

The College has an elected Student Senate that makes sure students’ views get heard. The Senate also aims to organise events to raise money for charity, to improve the existing facilities at the college, and to generally make sure students have the best possible experience at Notre Dame. Each year, students put together their own newspaper ‘The Bottom Line’.