Information for Parent/Carer
'Do small things with great love.'
There are five 60-minute teaching periods each day.
In the classroom pupils should:
1. Arrive on time for lessons and enter the room quietly.
2. Remain in their seats, unless asked to move.
3. Come to lessons properly equipped, with homework completed.
4. Listen to, and follow, instructions first time.
5. Raise their hands and wait, before answering or speaking.
6. Treat others, their work and equipment with respect.Any activity which does not fit in with these rules will be discouraged by referral to the appropriate key stage centre and thence to the Subject Head of Department and Head of Year for follow-up, such as detention, a report card or some form of community work.
All departments have their own bases in the school. In addition, all pupils have a form base where they are registered and have lessons in Personal, Social, Health & Citizenship Education (PSHCE).
In striving to meet the individual needs of all pupils, a wide variety of teaching methods is employed. Flexibility aids the pupils’ progress and meeting the demands of the National Curriculum.
All absences will be recorded electronically.
Lesson by lesson registration – Every teacher will take an electronic register each lesson.
There are two formal registrations. Morning and afternoon.
Morning Registration and Form Time: 8.45am – 9.00am
Afternoon Registration Time: 1.50pm - 2.00pm
On arrival to registration:-
1. Students stand behind their chairs for a formal greeting
2. Short reflection or prayer
3. Students remain standing and place pen, pencil and student handbook (open at the appropriate day) on their desk
4. Once checked students may sit in silence until registration is completed
5. Register marked (for Health and Safety reasons it is important that this is done in silence)
6. Messages for the day
7. Uniform check and planner check
8. Other business
Given the commitment of our staff, it is possible to make provision for a variety of extra-curricular activities. The experience and opportunities offered to the pupils of Notre Dame are unique and outstanding. Given a degree of effort and determination, pupils can develop skills, attitudes, values and experience which provide them with an advantaged start to their adult lives.
• Performing Arts Enrichment Activities
• Dance Club
• Gym Club
• Reading Club
• Residential study weekends
• Work Experience
• Extra tuition in many subjects
• Drama Club
• Maths Club
• Study evenings
• Practice interviews
• Theatre visits
• Educational visits – at home and abroad
• Art – extra-curricular lessons
• Participation in a wide range of performance opportunities
• Coding Workshops
• Early Morning Music Club and extra-curricular lessons
• Extra teaching for students with special needs
• Subsidised extra music tuition given by visiting tutors
• World Arts Workshops opportunities
• Monthly Arts Cafés
• Participation in local, national and international performance events
• Young Arts Mentorship
• Opportunities to take external Performing Arts qualifications i.e. National Arts Award, Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music
Notre Dame’s approach to discipline is a positive one. We emphasise the expectation of good behaviour which takes into account the needs and feelings of others, the good of the community and the well-being of the individual. Pupils are expected to behave in a way which brings credit to themselves and to the school. This applies when they are travelling to and from school, as well as when they are on the school premises.
We hope all parents will work in partnership with us to encourage the pupils of today to become the responsible adults of tomorrow.
Attendance & Punctuality
It is the duty of those with parental responsibility to ensure that their daughter/son attends school every day. They are asked to see that every effort is made to ensure punctual and regular attendance. Late arrival lessens the time available for teaching and lowers the academic standard for all students, not only that of latecomers. All absences must be explained by a written note. If parents know in advance of an intended absence, they are asked to notify the Form Tutor in writing. All latecomers must sign in at the Registration Office before proceeding to lessons.
These are always required, even if there has been a telephone call. The school should be informed if a pupil is likely to be absent for three or more days. All notes should bear the full address, date of writing, name and form of the pupil, and days and dates of absence. All notes should be given to the Form Tutor at registration time.
Leaving School Premises:
No pupil will be allowed out of school unless a request note has been brought to school. Medical and dental appointment cards must be shown to Heads of Year. A register of names of pupils who leave the premises with parental permission is kept in the school office.
The Headteacher, at all times, reserves the right to send a pupil home if she deems a pupil’s appearance, including, hairstyle or hair colour inappropriate for school. The responsibility for making this decision and taking the appropriate action rests with the Headteacher.
In the interests of Health and Safety:
Jewellery and chewing-gum are not allowed on the school premises.
Long hair should be tied back throughout the school day.
Pupils may wear a watch and girls may wear small stud earrings (in their ears only). Confiscated items can be collected by pupils at the end of the week.
The school reserves the right to confiscate jewellery which is worn in breach of this school rule. Parents must understand that the school accepts no responsibility for loss of any item of jewellery brought onto the school premises.
For reasons of Health and Safety, the use of mobile phones is not permitted in the school during lessons. Mobile phones will be confiscated if found switched on during lessons.
The use of mobile phones is not permitted for reasons of child protection within lessons. Mobile phones will be confiscated if found switched on during lessons.
The school reserves the right to use the sanction of a 30-minute or one hour detention when this sanction is considered appropriate.
If the Headteacher believes that an individual pupil’s behaviour is unacceptable to the school community or is such that the pupil is jeopardising their peers’ education or safety, the Headteacher will use the sanction of exclusion.
Pupils involved in fighting will be excluded automatically for 3 days. Appropriate work will be provided for the excluded pupil. A senior member of staff will interview the pupil and parents before re-admission. The Headteacher follows the LA Guidelines in all cases of exclusion.
Homework is set every day for all pupils. Each pupil is expected to do the set homework. Parents/Carers and pupils can check the details of homeworks set on the 'Show My Homework' website or app.
All Year 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 pupils must remain on site during lunchtime. Pupils have the option to:
1. Buy a college meal on the premises.
2. Bring a packed lunch to be eaten in the dining area.
Any pupil who is sick or has an accident must first report to the teacher in charge at the time and will then be sent to the pupil service desk. It is essential that the school has the information necessary to enable a parent to be contacted at short notice. No pupil is sent home from school without one or other parent being notified and asked to collect the pupil. Medicine brought to school by a pupil will only be administered in accordance to the printed instructions attached to the medicine.
Every pupil must have an emergency telephone number where the person with parental responsibility can be contacted should such an emergency arise. The Head of Year or Form Tutor should be informed if a pupil should wear glasses, has a hearing defect or any infirmity requiring special attention. There are regular medical inspections.
Illness & Medication:
If you keep your daughter/son at home because she/he is unwell, please phone the school and send in a letter on their return. It would not normally be expected that your daughter/son returns to school before a complete recovery. However, if your daughter/son returns to school and still needs to take prescribed medication, the Form Tutor must be informed.
All medications must be taken to the pupil services desk with a completed and signed ‘Medication Consent Form’. Any other forms of medicated drugs are not allowed on the school premises (including aspirin or paracetamol) and will be dealt with seriously. Only the printed instructions on the container will be followed and must be made available when handing in the medication. These precautions are for your daughter’s/son’s safety and we thank you for your co-operation. If the pupil has need to use medical treatment regularly, such as inhalers for asthma, the medicines will be left in the school medical room where the pupil will go for treatment.
Drug misuse is a growing problem in today’s society. All schools, including Notre Dame Catholic College, have an important role to play in enabling pupils to make responsible and healthy choices. Every school needs to do everything possible to protect their pupils from harm and promote a healthy and safe environment in which they can grow and learn. In order to achieve this at Notre Dame we have a comprehensive policy on drug misuse and an effective drug education programme within the curriculum. Our drug education programme ensures that the pupils know about the risks and consequences of taking drugs and helps them to gain the knowledge and skills to resist them.
We work within the Catholic moral framework to promote the value of life. We have very clear discipline rules on drug misuse, including special rules on medications.
The school has an appointed a Drug Support Teacher who may be contacted if you have any worries or concerns over this very sensitive subject. Copies of the school’s policy and rules on drug misuse or of the drug education programme are available on request.
Parent Teacher Meeting:
Parents are formally invited to meet with teachers at least once a year to discuss their daughter’s/son’s progress. If any parent wishes to visit the school, or even join one of the Sixth Form classes, the Headteacher would be delighted to hear from him or her. At whatever level, it is extremely important to form a working partnership with the teaching staff, to encourage and develop pupils’ chances of success. At significant points in their daughter’s/son’s education parents/carers are invited to accompany their daughter/son to individual interviews with a senior member of the teaching staff who will act as a mentor in order to monitor progress and ensure that results achieved are the best possible.
Within our Catholic college, Religious Education has a central place within the curriculum. The syllabus for Years 7-9 has been developed from the “ICONS” programme endorsed by the Archbishop of Liverpool. In Key Stage 4 pupils will follow a course set by an external examination board.
As well as this special programme of study, all pupils participate in Days of Reflection, weekly Assemblies and are continuously involved in charitable work in keeping with the Catholic aims and ethos of the school.
We offer to all our pupils’ opportunities to develop a personal spirituality which will, in the long term, enable them to discover meaning and significance in their lives.