Notre Dame Catholic College
The Notre Dame Catholic College was originally the residence of the Sisters of Notre Dame in Liverpool, and began as a pupil-teacher centre with links to local primary schools. The collegiate school did not actually come into existence until 1902, with this merging with the pupil teacher centre in 1908. It was known as Notre Dame Collegiate School and became a direct grant grammar school in 1946 as a result of the Education Act 1944.
The sisters did not move out of the building until 1978 due to the expansion and the intake of the school building, and the school building also followed this expansion to pave the way for the institution to become an all-girls comprehensive school in 1983, which also tallied with the amalgamation of both St John’s Secondary Modern School and St Catherine’s Secondary Modern School to form Notre Dame High School in the same year.In 2001, the school inserted the word ‘Catholic’ into its title to become Notre Dame Catholic High School, but 2002 saw the school become a specialist ‘Performing Arts College’ – returning the institution to a College as it once originally wasThe former all girls College began accepting boys into Year 7 in September 2012. Boys were already enrolled into Sixth Form. In September 2013, the College moved to a new, state-of-the-art building next to Everton Park sports centre on Great Homer Street as part of the wider Project Jennifer scheme
Following the tradition the form classes in each year group are named after Sisters of Notre Dame.
Who to contact
Where to go
- Notre Dame Catholic College
Great Homer Street
- L5 5AF
The school also houses the Resonate Music Hub
Resonate, Liverpool's Music Hub, funded by Arts Council England, operates as a gateway for Liverpool's young musicians, meaning over 13,000 pupils in Liverpool have regular access to outstanding music opportunities which will impact on their lives and enhance our city.
Time / Date Details
- When is it on
- 8.00 am until 3.00 pm (Monday to Thursday) 8am until 2.20 pm (Friday)
- Referral Details
Application through the Local Authority process for Secondary School Applications.
- Other notes
*From September 2021
Resourced provision at Notre Dame Catholic College - 'Flourish @ Notre Dame'
Our resourced based provision is named ‘Flourish @ Notre Dame Catholic College.
All of the pupils who will be within the provision will have an EHCP and have difficulties in Social Communication and Interaction and have a diagnosis of Autism. In the first year the provision will be set up for a maximum of eight pupils, supported by three members of staff, a teacher, Higher Level Teaching Assistant and a Teaching Assistant.
This will mean that the maximum ratio of staff to pupils will be 3:8, which will create a highly supportive environment on which positive relationships will be built. When placing pupils, we carefully consider the needs of the pupils and whether they can be met here at Notre Dame Catholic College, working with families to make sure that they are happy with the offer and support that will be in place. Pupils will be taught within a specialist Classroom that has direct access to our state-of-the-art Sensory Room.
All pupils will be provided with an individual workstation that they will have ownership of, but will also provide them with their own space for self-regulation and quiet working when it is needed.
There will be opportunities to use the group table for larger discussions or work that is delivered to the whole group. With the ratio of staff to pupils and a Higher-Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) in the room, smaller group sessions can be delivered to the pupils when needed.
Pupils individual needs would be catered for as detailed in their EHCP and the commissioning of services (Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy, Educational Psychologist) would be something that the school would put into place through consultation with the Local Authority. There is also an area for the development of life skills within the room and space for sensory diets and activities to take place within the classroom. Pupils within the resourced based provision would also have direct access to our new Sensory Room and would have this resource as and when it is needed to support their individual needs, please see the images below of our sensory room.
Admissions and Consultation with the Local Authority
Admissions to the Flourish Provision are led by the Local Authority. Notre Dame Catholic College will respond to any request for a place based on whether needs can or cannot be met. Careful consideration of the setting’s response is given by Liverpool City Council and they will notify the setting of the placement allocation with a confirmation email. Until the receipt of the confirmation email, no allocation will have been made.
Pupils will be having full access to a relevant curriculum for both their chronological age and their academic age. It will be adapted and highly personalised for pupils’ individual needs and this will be carried out in a carefully planned way that allows our pupils to flourish and prepare them for their next steps in life.
Wider School Access
All of the pupils within the resource-based provision are Notre Dame Catholic College pupils and will be part of the whole school community. When it is appropriate for individual pupils and when they are ready, they will have full access to the entire school building and all of the facilities. As specialists, we fully understand that the larger school environment may cause some anxieties and stress, but we would never wish to increase they by forcing anything on a pupil until they are fully ready and they have had a bespoke and personalised transition to do so. Wider school access will include activities such as break and lunch times, year group assemblies, whole school activities and extracurricular activities and clubs. At all times a transition plan will be put into place with the support of the family and the pupil and at all times this will be managed by the staff team within the school.
Access to mainstream lessons
As this is a resource-based provision, pupils will have the opportunity to integrate into mainstream lessons when it is appropriate for their individual needs and when they are ready to transition into these lessons. It is also important to consider that if they have a talent for a lesson or a special interest in it that they are given the opportunity to attend these lessons within a specialist classroom and with access to the often specialist equipment. When a pupil is ready, once again a transition plan will be put into place and this will be fully supported by the staff within the provision and from the wider SEND team within the school.
Transition into the mainstream school
If you pupils are able to and when they are ready they may have the opportunity to transition into the mainstream school full time, but this will be carefully planned and would only be carried out if the pupil was ready and would require a substantial well managed plan that allowed. A plan would be drawn up with school staff and also the family to make sure that there was total success in this happening and it would be carried out at the pupil’s pace and only when they are ready to move onto the next phase of the transition.
When pupils reach Key Stage 4 they will have the opportunity to undertake accredited learning and qualifications that meet their individual and academic needs. These qualifications will be pitched at the pupil’s individual needs and will allow them to progress onto further study as they move through their educational journey.
At Notre Dame Catholic College we seek to nurture the gifts, aspirations and talents of all in the spirit of St Julie. Teaching staff at our college recognise that the young people we teach, often learn in different ways and therefore strive to provide a differentiated approach through quality first teaching. The SEND Department work closely with pupils, parents and teachers to coordinate provision in order to meet the needs of those pupils with an identified SEND.
The school caters for the needs of young people in years 7 to 13 of Secondary School. We have named SENCO and Assistant SENCO in school who support students with the whole staff team with their learning. The team have a good understanding of the SEND Code of Practice 2015 and they 4 broad areas of need. The school has a SEND Register and also students who have Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs).
The school also support parents/carers and students with referrals to external providers and support packages that are available. These include, but are not limited to YPAS, CAMHS, Educational Psychology, Bereavement Counselling, SENIIS and The Sensory Team.
- Contact Name
- Mr A McVerry (SENDCo) and Kathyrn Sweeney (Assistant SENDCo)
- Contact Telephone
- 0151 330 5122
- Contact Email
Notre Dame Catholic College SEND Padlet
- Local Offer Age Bands
- Secondary (11 to 16)