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Our Mission & Ethos

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At Notre Dame Catholic Sixth Form College we are extremely proud of all our students’ achievements, especially the individual progression that they each make in their time with us.

Our aim is to offer a ‘World Class Catholic Education’ by providing the best care, support and outcome for each individual student.  As a Catholic College we make Christ known to all members of our extended community through the way we work and the way we act. The values of faithfulness, humility, truth, forgiveness, dignity, service and respect are at the centre of our teaching and guidance.

Our Mission and Ethos

Our mission inspired by the Christian tradition is to be a community based on faith, hope and love; developing each individual intellectually, emotionally and spiritually to achieve their full potential.

To achieve this we will:

  • Provide a welcoming, supportive community where everyone is valued.
  • Provide a high quality, meaningful education which encourages the development of the whole person, inspired by the Notre Dame tradition.
  • Promote a caring environment, rooted in the virtues of service, kindness, gratitude and respect.
  • Work together for the benefit of each person as well as the wider community.
  • Recognise, celebrate and treasure, without exception, the unique gifts and dignity of each person, ensuring equality and fairness for all, as found in the teaching and example of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Equality and Diversity

Notre Dame Catholic Sixth Form College is committed to equality of opportunity. We recognise the value of diversity within the whole College, and that people with different backgrounds, attitudes and experiences bring fresh ideas and perceptions to the College and enrich all our lives. The College will treat all individuals with respect and dignity and seek to provide a positive environment free from discrimination, harassment or victimization.

Fulfilling potential

At Notre Dame you will be encouraged to aim high, achieve well, and fulfil your potential. All our efforts are designed to support your success. We are pleased to be rated as an ‘Outstanding’ College by Ofsted but more importantly we are proud of the outstanding progress each of our students make. Ofsted described Notre Dame as a College ‘where students feel safe and happy, are motivated to do well, and achieve high standards.’

Inspectors also praised the college for its programme of pastoral care for students and the commitment to maintaining the Catholic ethos which is at the heart of the college.

We use a national value added measure, ALPs, which is recognised by Ofsted. This measures the progress each student makes at College in relation from their GCSE results to their results at A Level or Level 3 BTEC/CTEC. On this basis, Notre Dame’s value added scores put us as one of the top Sixth Form Colleges.

Achieving academic excellence

We believe that each student is an individual, exceptional and needs to be valued. High quality teaching and learning, coupled with exceptional pastoral support provides the inspiration and motivation to realise every young person’s aspiration.

The college takes a great deal of pride in its examination results. In 2018, we celebrated exceeding the national pass rate benchmark for A level; 100% achievement at BTEC; a phenomenal 2 out of 3 students achieving a high grade at A Level; Our Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) results were outstanding putting us as the top sixth form college in the country for EPQ! And we maintained an outstanding 100% pass rate in BTEC/CTEC.

In 2017, over 80 % of students progressed onto prestigious universities with nine students gaining places at Oxford and Cambridge and 17 students gaining places to study medicine/dentistry or veterinary science.

Our aim is to provide students with the very best possible education, to help them develop new interests and to use whatever talents they have in the service of the College and the wider community.

The atmosphere at Notre Dame

Our staff are passionate about working with young people and always go the extra mile to provide guidance and support to help them succeed. When students enrol at Notre Dame Catholic Sixth Form College they can choose from a vast range of different subjects, ensuring that they find the course that’s right for them. We are proud to be able to offer our students the very best range of choices. Although we expect our students to work hard during their time with us, we want them to enjoy themselves too!

We are a college where you can quickly make new friends, where the teachers know the students very well, and where there is a genuine atmosphere of community and a feeling that you really belong to something.

Our students come from a wide range of schools throughout the region, and we have a number of international students from as far away as China, Vietnam or South America. They bring a wealth of different backgrounds, culture and traditions, and so at Notre Dame there is a wonderful opportunity to meet different people and make new friends.

Student support

Your Personal Achievement Support Tutor 

Each student will have a designated Personal Achievement Support Tutor who will act as a coach to provide students with individualised support, motivation, guidance and challenge which will stretch their potential to the full.

They will support you with all aspects of your studies including career planning.

Study Support

To enable all students coming to Notre Dame to achieve their learning goals, the College has a dedicated and specialist Study support team. The highly experienced team are committed to meeting the needs of all students and can provide specialist teaching for students with a learning difficulty or long term medical condition.

The College is committed to ensuring that people with a disability, including those with learning difficulties, are treated fairly. All reasonable adjustments to provision will be made to ensure that students or others with a disability are not disadvantaged. Contact Victoria Tiffany if you have any questions about support provision,

Personal and practical support 

If you have an issue that affects you while at College, you can get practical and personal support from our Catholic Care Social Worker or our College Counsellor.

Extra-curricular activities

Notre Dame is academically ambitious, and we also aim to nurture the whole person. You will have opportunities to develop your religious, spiritual, and ethical views and values. Outside of the classroom, there is a vast range of sports and leisure activities to get involved in. Our ‘Enrichment’ programme offers a wide range of activities from the arts, drama workshop, Future Teachers enrichment with Leeds Trinity University, to voluntary work and end of year residential trips which has included Dubrovnik, New York and Berlin.