Notre Dame Catholic School

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Notre Dame RC School
Established 1946
Type Academy
Religion Roman Catholic
Headteacher Kate White
Founders Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur
Location Looseleigh Lane
50°25′17″N 4°07′38″W / 50.4215°N 4.1273°W / 50.4215; -4.1273Coordinates: 50°25′17″N 4°07′38″W / 50.4215°N 4.1273°W / 50.4215; -4.1273
Local authority Plymouth
DfE URN 140737 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Students 879
Gender Girls; Mixed (Sixth Form)
Ages 11–18
Houses Parks, Stang, Nightingale, Curie and Hepburn
Former name Notre Dame High School
Diocese Plymouth

Notre Dame RC School is a Roman Catholic school for girls in Derriford, Plymouth, England. Its sister school is St Boniface's Catholic College.

The former headteacher, Fiona Hutchings, was headteacher from 2001 until July 2012. Kate White, the current headteacher, assumed Hutchings' position in September 2012. It has 879 students attending: in the sixth form, boys may attend.

It is situated north of the A386, west of the now-closed Plymouth City Airport (former RAF Roborough).


Notre Dame was founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame under the guidance of St Julie Billiart,

It was housed next to Plymouth Cathedral but the site was bombed in 1941, so moved to a new building.

Direct grant grammar school[edit]

It was a catholic girls' direct grant grammar school, the Notre Dame High School from 1946.

In 1976 it was one of 51 direct grant schools, out of 170, that decided to become comprehensive.


In 1981 it amalgamated with the Bishop Vaughan Secondary School to become Notre Dame Comprehensive School for Girls.[1] St Boniface's became a comprehensive at the same time.

In 1993 boys were accepted in the sixth form and the school became Notre Dame Roman Catholic School.

Notre Dame had much building work done in the academic year 2007/8: among this was a large professional sports hall, a library and a five-classroom block for history and geography named Stang Block after Sister Dorothy Stang.


The school converted to academy status on 1 April 2014.

Academic performance[edit]

It gets good GCSE results, the second best comprehensive in Plymouth, but below average results at A level. It gets similar A level results to St Boniface's but much better GCSEs.

Notable former pupils[edit]

Notre Dame High School[edit]

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