Notre Dame Catholic College
and Sixth Form

School Closure Updates

Update: Friday 16th June 2023

We would like to thank all students, parents and carers for your understanding and patience as we managed the impact and damage caused by last weekend’s flooding.

Even following our amazing cleaning and site teams’ heroic efforts this week, and on the advice of our insurance and health and safety assessors, we still have around 20 classrooms out of action due to the physical or respiratory risks they pose to students and staff while they continue to dry out. Unfortunately, this is likely to be the case for the remainder of the academic year.

Despite this, we are desperate to have all students back in school from Monday (19th) in order to minimise the impact of this unforeseeable disruption to students’ education. Classroom accommodation will be a stretch and we ask for student, parents and carers’ continued understanding and patience whilst we manage these continued pressures. Every available space throughout the building has been allocated to teaching and so your child’s rooming timetable will be significantly impacted. Work continues in the meantime, to try to bring more classrooms into safe use and this will be the focus of our efforts throughout the coming weeks.

We therefore ask that all students to return to school for 8.45am registration. There, students will be registered and escorted to their first lesson of the day. We also ask that students in Years 9 and 10 ensure that any work set on Class Charts throughout this week has been completed so that we can pick up the curriculum teaching at the right place and avoid any unnecessary re-teaching of tasks set on Class Charts this past week.

We look forward to welcoming all students back with us on Monday.

Update: Tuesday 13th June 2023

This morning, we have reviewed the significant damage to the building caused by the flooding over the weekend and there are currently 19 classrooms which cannot be used for teaching.

Based on the number of classrooms that remain unusable, we are able to accommodate all examinations and two full year groups from tomorrow (Wednesday 14th June). This is expected to be the case for the remainder of the week and so will be following the schedule below:


Wednesday 14th June Thursday 15th June Friday 16th June

All examinations and Years 7 and 8 face-to-face in school


Years 9, 10 and 12 remote learning at home

All examinations and Years 7 and 8 face-to-face in school


Years 9, 10 and 12 remote learning at home

All examinations and Years 9, 10 and 12 face-to-face in school


Years 7 and 8 remote learning at home


For students who are attending school this week the food offer at lunchtime may be reduced.

If your child is not attending for face- to- face learning but your child is eligible for a free school lunch, then please contact the school office.

We would like to thank you for all your support and we will update parents about plans for next week on Friday. 

Update: Monday 12th June 2023

Based on an assessment of the damage caused by flooding, it was unsafe to open the building for students today (Monday 12th June 2023). In order for our contractors to complete a full health and safety assessment of the premises, the school will need to remain closed tomorrow (Tuesday 13th June) to all students except those sitting examinations. This will allow us time to put any necessary measures in place before students return to the school building.

The Senior Leadership Team will meet at 1pm tomorrow (Tuesday 13th June) to review the situation and parents will be updated as soon as we can after this time. We will share updates across all channels including ParentApp, Social Media and our website.

All external exams will take place as normal and remote learning will be set for all students via Class Charts.

Thank you for your understanding.