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History comes alive at York Minster

Upper and Lower Sixth A level History students visited York Minster on Wednesday 7th February to enrich their current studies about the history of the English Reformation. Students took part in a presentation from the staff at the Minsters learning centre, as well as a tour of the grand building, seeing first-hand the impact of the English Reformation.

“The trip was a great opportunity to see the information in our textbooks come to life, York Minster seems like a great place of social change as well as a beautiful building.” Amy Kitchingman, Upper Sixth A level History student.

(posted 7 March 2018)

The Hero Project visiting Notre Dame March 5th to 9th!

During each assembly for the week commencing March 5th, a presentation will be delivered at Notre Dame Catholic Sixth Form College by The Hero Project, an education programme run by charity Anthony Nolan. Anthony Nolan helps to save the lives of people with blood cancer by matching them with remarkable donors willing to give blood stem cells (bone marrow) for potentially life-saving transplants.

The Hero Project works in collaboration with NHS Blood and Transplant to deliver presentations to 16 to 18 year olds about stem cell, blood and organ donation.

The presentation will dispel common myths, explain the importance of donation for sick patients, and arm students with the facts about what is involved. This enables them to make an informed decision about becoming a donor in future.

After the presentation, students will have an opportunity to register as blood and organ donors. Filling in the application forms and posting them off will register them with NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT). Those on the register as organ donors will remain on it for life, unless they remove themselves from it. Those who register as blood donors will be contacted by NHSBT with details of their local blood donation sessions, which they can attend if they wish to. To learn more about blood donation visit, or go to to find out more about organ donation.

Students will also be given the opportunity to fill in an Anthony Nolan online form, asking for more information about joining the stem cell donor register. If, after receiving this information, someone chooses to join the register, they have to fill in a medical questionnaire and give a DNA sample via a simple cheek swab. Their details are then added to the donor register.

People on the register are only asked to donate if they are selected as a match for someone in need of a stem cell transplant. The chances of being a match and asked to donate within five years of joining the register is around 1 in 750.

If you would like to find out more about Anthony Nolan, please visit If you have any other questions about the presentation, please do contact Notre Dame.

(posted 2 March 2018)

48 companies inspire students at Notre Dame’s Careers Fair

Thursday 8th February 2018 saw our annual Careers Fair at Notre Dame Catholic Sixth Form College.

48 businesses and institutions visited the college providing students with an opportunity to talk with them about work experience, apprenticeships, job vacancies, volunteering, and careers advice. Some of the businesses included: Aon, BT, Hermes, Minster Law Solicitors, Nestle, PwC, Sky, and West Yorkshire Police.

Ex-Notre Dame student, Clare Devine, attended the event representing her current employer Sky. Clare became involved with Sky after taking part in an apprenticeship workshop set up by our Careers Department. She stated that Notre Dame fully supported her decision to move onto a Sky apprenticeship, and she has since been named in Code First: Girls “Ones to Watch” 2017 list. Clare will be visiting Notre Dame again to run her own apprenticeship workshop with students.

This fantastic event, organised by our Careers Department, is just one of many opportunities in place for our students. Other careers support and guidance provided includes CV writing workshops, interview skills sessions, GAP year options workshops, and one to one meetings with careers advisors.

Thank you to the Careers Department for a truly enhancing event, and thank you to all the businesses that visited, contributing to the success of the day.

(posted 19 February 2018)

Notre Dame students support anti-bullying campaign on ITV Calendar news

Eagle-eyed viewers will have spotted six of Notre Dame’s fantastic students on ITV Calendar news last Thursday, February 8th.

We were invited to be part of an item focusing on the effects of bullying, which our students discussed at length with 16 year old Jorjia Reed. Jorjia is currently running an anti-bullying awareness raising campaign with the support of Fixers, a National Lottery funded project. You can find out more about her campaign – and Fixers – here:

Although our students weren’t all featured in the final news item, each one of them spoke passionately and eloquently during filming about their opinions of bullying and past experiences of it. Thank you to Aseosa Uwadiae, Danielle Capstick, Eve Rooney, Francesca Hunt, Janos Magyur and Yusra Al-Bayati for giving up their time to take part. And thank you to Fixers for allowing Notre Dame to be involved with this campaign.

The full news item can be viewed here:

(posted 13 February 2018)

Notre Dame celebrates Oxbridge applicants’ success!

2018 has been another successful year for our Oxbridge applicants with a total of nine conditional offers received, keeping in trend with the high success rates of previous years.

Six students have received offers from the University of Cambridge: Amy Kitchingman to study English; Francesca Hunt, English; Oliver Dodsworth, Law; Laura Gerrard, Geography; Bradley Watson, Mathematics; and Matthew Tam, (Chemical) Engineering. Three students have been offered places at the University of Oxford; Elena Trowsdale, English; Eve Rooney, Spanish and Linguistics; and Joely Hopwood, Law.

The Enhancing Excellence programme, run by our staff to support students with aspirations to study at a Russell Group university, and to aid students with the rigorous Oxbridge interview process, covers key areas such as mock interviews, entry essays and exams, and group presentations.

Successful Oxford University applicant Eleanor Trowsdale praised the support she received from staff stating she felt equipped and confident going through the process. In addition to the Enhancing Excellence group, she attended Advanced English enhancement sessions run by the English department during lunch breaks, which assisted her further in securing an offer to study English. She claimed the interview was an amazing experience; the preparation provided from both groups, and support from staff, made her feel confident of her own individual qualities. She felt that the place offered was right for her.

(posted 1 February 2018)

Student carollers raise funds for LGI Children’s Surgery

Notre Dame Catholic Sixth Form College students gave up their time off to spend the December 8th inset day singing their hearts out. Their aim was to raise funds for Children’s Surgical Ward L42 at Leeds General Infirmary. Students Alia Woodhouse, Ayeesha Monks, Joan Chege, Simran Athwal, and Taylor Milner, accompanied by staff members Claire Finn and Charlotte Anderton, performed festive carols to Christmas shoppers at Crossgates Shopping Centre, Leeds, for around 1 hour and 40 minutes. Their voices raised a grand total of £184.19! The nurses at LGI Children’s Surgery Ward L42 are hoping to use this Christmas gift to buy a Dyson fan and a few other amenities for the parent’s waiting room.

(posted 11 January 2018)

Memorial for Sue Reilly

College staff were very sad to hear over Christmas of the death of Sue Reilly, ex Vice Principal of the College. Sue was one of the original teachers at the College when it opened in 1989 and continued to teach Biology throughout her career here as Staff Tutor, Assistant Principal and eventually Vice Principal. She was absolutely central to the successful development of the College right until she retired in 2015 and will be fondly remembered by the many hundreds of students and staff who she supported and befriended over the years. Our thoughts and prayers are with her friends and family over the coming weeks and months. We will be holding a short memorial service for Sue in the College chapel on Friday Jan 12th at 1.10pm. Ex-colleagues and students would be welcome to attend.

May she rest in peace.

(posted 8 January 2018)

Forever Young Christmas community celebration

On 6th December Notre Dame Catholic Sixth Form College held its annual Forever Young Christmas lunch, hosted by students and staff for the local elderly community. The afternoon was full of Christmas cheer with a festive supper served by volunteer students, entertainment to raise spirits with traditional carols sung by the staff choir, various musical performances from students, and some festive fun and games such as bingo. Father Christmas even took time out of his busy schedule to pay a visit and help spread a little Christmas magic amongst our guests!

The event is run every year by our Lay Chaplain, Andrew Sullivan, helping to provide strong support networks within Notre Dame’s community.

(posted 14 December 2017)

Theatre students showcase magnificent performances

On Wednesday the 22nd and Thursday the 23rd of November, A level Theatre Studies students took to the stage to perform their own self-composed plays to a full room of teachers, parents, and peers.

Showcasing an array of talent throughout the night, each group presented eye-catching performances through a range of theatrical approaches such as contemporary dance and dramatic monologues, each lighting up the stage for a packed theatre.

The amount of extracurricular hours that had been invested in their performances was evident. Each group delivered an impressive show, bringing a unique story to life for the audience. Between setting up the stage and getting props in place, it was clear the theatre team (both teachers and pupils) held a strong bond throughout the process, allowing the superb performances seen tonight to run seamlessly.

A very special round of applause for anyone involved in the performances.

Our post today has been written by upper sixth student Charlie Tallott

(posted 6 December 2017)

BBC Big Painting Challenge winner, Suman Kaur, visits our Art Department

Winner of the BBC Big Painting Challenge 2017, and ex-Notre Dame Catholic Sixth Form College student, Suman Kaur, returned to college to tutor an A level Art group. She worked with the students to create charcoal portraits, whilst sharing her talent, advice and expertise.

The BBC program sees 10 artists go through a range of artistic challenges, to test and prove their skills, with one winner voted for by the judges. The success came to Suman shortly after she had made the decision to leave her current occupation in Prosthetics and Orthotics to become a full time artist.

Suman has been volunteering at colleges and schools hoping to give something back to art, offering guidance to young artists by sharing her enthusiasm and work ethic, and showing students that you can achieve anything if you work hard towards it.

The workshop had an emphasis on the skills and techniques used in her own artwork. Suman also shared her knowledge of tools and contextual references, with some fantastic results from our students.

(posted 30 November 2017)