Notre Dame High School, Glasgow

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Coordinates: 55°52′41″N 4°17′56″W / 55.878°N 4.299°W / 55.878; -4.299

Notre Dame High School
160 Observatory Rd,
Type Comprehensive state
Motto French: Ah Qu'il Est Bon Le Bon Dieu
(Oh how good the good God is.)
Established 1897
Founder St Julie Billiart
Head teacher Rosemary Martin (Head Teacher)[1]
Teaching staff 65 FTE
Gender Girls
Enrolment 750
Number of students 670
Campus Observatory Road
Houses Iona, Melrose, Trinity
Colour(s) Brown, Blue, Gold
Nickname ND

Notre Dame High School is a comprehensive state school for girls located on Observatory Road in Glasgow, Scotland, and founded in 1897. Notre Dame High is the only remaining single sex comprehensive school in Scotland.


In 1894 Archbishop Eyre of Glasgow invited the Sisters of Notre Dame to come from the Mother House in Liverpool to establish a community in Glasgow. The Notre Dame Training College was opened in 1895 at Dowanhill. In 1897 Notre Dame School was opened, with a roll of 24 pupils, instructed by two teachers. By 1912, the number of pupils had risen to 193. Overcrowding led to proposals for a new building. This was designed by Thomas Cordiner in 1939, but due to the outbreak of war construction was delayed, and the building opened in 1953. In 1987 the school was protected as a category A listed building.[2] Notre dame high school is one of the top performing high schools in Glasgow

Proposals to close the school in 1987 were defeated at the time.[3] The former high school building and adjoining primary school building and church were damaged in a fire on 12 June 2010.[4]

In March 2014, it was announced that the current Head Teacher (Philomena McFadden) was to retire. Mrs McFadden received recognition for her outstanding contribution to Education in the city. Mrs McFadden was replaced by Mrs Rosemary Martin, already a Depute Head Teacher within the school.



  1. ^ a b "Notre Dame High School". Retrieved 23 March 2017. 
  2. ^ "Notre Dame High School: Listed Building Report". Historic Scotland. Retrieved 25 November 2011. 
  3. ^ History of Notre Dame School
  4. ^ BBC News - Fire Damages Former Notre Dame School

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