A Real Community

WHAT IS A SIXTH FORM COLLEGE?

Notre Dame opened in 1989 and offers full-time courses for students aged 16 to 19 only, unlike other further education colleges that take in many adults and part-time students. Another difference is that Notre Dame is not so large or impersonal that students become lost in the crowd. With 2000 students all of roughly the same age, 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.

SIXTH FORM COLLEGE OR HIGH SCHOOL?

A sixth form college also has great advantages over a traditional high school. There is a much wider choice of courses, and college students are given far greater freedom and responsibility in a truly adult environment. As a half-way house between school and university or employment, Notre Dame smoothes the transition and enables students to settle into university life or their chosen career path painlessly and with far more confidence.

A PLACE TO STUDY

Notre Dame offers A level, Level 3, T level, and level 2 courses. With over 30 A level subjects, BTEC and CTEC courses, T level, and Level 2 courses, there is real choice and great flexibility when it comes to choosing the courses that will suit you best. The College takes a great deal of pride in its examination results. In 2020, we celebrated 892 A level high grades, 81% of students achieved a high grade (D*-D) at BTEC and a phenomenal 448 A Level A*-A grades were achieved in 2020.
The vast majority of our students go on to study for a degree at university, including a good number each year who go to Oxford and Cambridge. increasingly, students also choose a degree apprenticeship and are supported by our Careers Department in gaining one.

A PLACE OF SUPPORT

Notre Dame has a strong tradition of providing excellent pastoral care for students. At Notre Dame Catholic Sixth Form College each individual student is central to all our endeavours. We have introduced a unique approach to student support where each student will meet weekly with their Achievement Tutor. Through the tutorial programme and 1-1 meetings the Achievement Tutors have a specific role in pastoral support and will also act as coach to provide students with both individualised support and challenge. They will signpost the many opportunities of support provided at College, with a commitment to motivate and inspire students to realise their full potential. The College has its own College Counsellor and uniquely also has a Catholic Social Care Worker who visits the College weekly.

A PLACE TO RELAX

College life is far different to anything students may have been used to. The College day is split into subject classes and study periods. Each day is different. Sometimes students may not have a lesson until mid-morning, a gap between lessons in the day, or an early finish. Students may complete their work in the large college library or the drop-in IT Centre and then spend time with their friends in the dining room/coffee bar that serves Costa coffee, or the common room. Students may wish to go to the local shops or even slip into town, which is only a ten minute walk away!

A PLACE THAT'S BRAND NEW

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. Outside the classroom, there is a wide variety of sports and enrichment activities to get involved in. We offer an extensive range of weekly activities and we also offer end of year residential trips to, for instance, Italy, China and Berlin.

A PLACE FOR EVERYONE

Additional learning support is offered by specialist staff to all students. We provide specialist teaching for students with learning difficulties, and support for students with a disability or long term medical condition. Where appropriate, access arrangements are made for exams. Support with any aspect of your work is available in Study Support. 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.

A PLACE THAT'S OUTSTANDING

The Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted), in their report following the inspection of Notre Dame, concluded that Notre Dame is an outstanding college, where students feel safe and happy, are motivated to do well, and achieve high standards. 

SEE OUR LATEST OFSTED REPORT HERE

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