Teaching & Learning
We have a range of dynamic strategies which together assure the delivery of a highly personalised education for each individual student throughout the school, from the Nursery to the Sixth Form. All staff are supported in continually striving to improve and enrich the academic experience.
Our students have extremely positive attitudes to work, and our continuous quality scrutiny indicates that teaching and learning is of a high quality across the school. There is careful attention to individual progress by teachers, middle and senior leaders and the headteachers. Small class sizes across the school and supportive and responsive staff mean that lots of teacher input and guidance is available.
Throughout the year, Notre Dame runs an extensive range of academic enrichment events, challenges and opportunities across both the Prep and Senior Schools. These include competitions, visits, workshops, language exchanges, theatre trips, author visits, lectures, university visits and industry taster days.
A Notre Dame Teacher provides lessons that are creative, enjoyable, engaging and inspiring, using a diverse range of learning activities to share their subject expertise. Teachers carefully plan lessons with clear learning objectives and have an in-depth knowledge of their pupils’ level of progress and capability, setting work that is stretching and challenging whilst also supporting individual needs.
A Notre Dame Pupil is an active and committed partner in their learning and is equipped with the skills to assess and reflect on their own targets and progress, so at all times they know the steps they need to take to progress to the next level of their studies. All are expected to rise to the challenge of learning and working independently.
A Notre Dame Parent is encouraged to be a part of the school community and to take an active interest in their child’s learning. They are kept informed of their child’s development through detailed reports, and can access diaries, information and homework tasks using the school’s virtual learning environment, ‘Firefly’.
“Pupils develop high levels of
knowledge, understanding and skills…
This was observed across all areas of
learning, in line with the school’s aim
to offer pupils a holistic education and
reflects the high quality of teaching
throughout the school.”