Please find our Admission Information below related to the following application circumstances:

  • If you are applying to Notre Dame for a place for your daughter to start in September 2021.
  • If your daughter is already attending a secondary school but you would like to apply to Notre Dame for a place in Years 7-11 during the academic year 2020-21.

If you would like to apply for a place in ND Sixth, our 6th Form, for September 2021 or if you are already in Year 12 or 13 and would like to apply then please go to the ND Sixth page.

 

Admissions Criteria

The full policy is listed below under Admission Information below.    Here is the school’s admissions categories in brief:

A child with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) or Statement of Special Educational Needs (SEN) which names the school will be admitted.

2021-22

  1. Looked after children and those who were previously looked after.
  2. Students who have an exceptional medical or social need or those of their parents.
  3. Students who are baptised Catholic.
  4. Students attending a Catholic Primary School.
  5. Students who are siblings of pupils on roll at this school.
  6. Students who are members of any other faith.
  7. Daughters of members of staff who have been employed at this school for more than two years or recruited within the past two years to fill a vacancy.
  8. Other girls.

2022-23

  1. Looked after children and children who were previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to adoption, a child arrangements order, or special guardianship order and children who appear to the admission authority to have been in state care outside of England and ceased to be in care as a result of being adopted.
  2. Priority will next be given to children based on their exceptional medical or social needs or those of their parents.
  3. Priority will next be given to children who are Baptised Catholic.
  4. Priority will next be given to children who are siblings of pupils on roll at this school.
  5. Priority will next be given to children who have attended one of Plymouth CAST’s Catholic Primary schools
  6. Priority will next be given to children of other Christian denominations whose membership is evidenced by a minister of religion.
  7. Priority will next be given to children of other faiths10 whose membership is evidenced by a religious leader.
  8. Priority will next be given to children of members of staff who have been employed at this school for more than two years or recruited within the past two years to fill a vacancy for which there was a skills shortage.
  9. Priority will next be given to other children.

How to apply for a place: If your application is on faith grounds, don’t forget to send us your Supplementary Information Form that will allow us to rank your application.  Some applicants forget to do this and without this form we cannot rank your form in accordance with our Admissions Policy. This may result in a lower position on the ranked list than your daughter is entitled to.

The deadline for returning the Supplementary Information Form to us is 31st October every year.

 

Waiting List for Y7 2021

Should you wish to be added to our waiting list, please contact Mrs Laird at hlaird@ndonline.org.  Please remember that if you are applying on faith grounds you should complete and return our Supplementary Information Form to us (see below) to ensure that your application is ranked within the highest placing available.

Any parent wishing to secure a place at Notre Dame School for a Y7 student in September 2021 will need to have made an application to their local authority.

From September 2018 we introduced a new uniform for students joining Y7.  Information on the uniform can be found here:   https://ndonline.org/information/policies/ 

 

School Tours

School tours are currently unavailable due to the pandemic restrictions.

Please ring 01752 775101 and ask to speak to Miss Cocker to book on to a scheduled tour.  Tours take approximately 30 minutes.  Please inform us of any special access requirements you may have so that we can ensure a route that covers accessibility to most areas of the school.

Please note that due to the high demand we have for school tours it is likely that there will be 2-3 families on each tour.

We would be grateful for families to contact us as soon as possible if you need to cancel your booking so that we can open up availability to other families on the waiting list.

Tour dates for Year 5 students will open in January 2022.  The first formal opportunity for Year 5 students to view the school will be our Summer Open Afternoon in  June/July 2022.  Further details including dates and timings will be published on our website and Facebook page closer to the time.

 

Admissions Policies 2022/2023

Key Information
Policy consultation period30th Nov 20 – 22nd Jan 21
Policy determined on26th February 2021
Policy contact name and positionKevin Butlin – Director of Education
Amendments after determination  
Department for Education school number897/4605
Age range11 to 18
Type of schoolAcademy, secondary school
Admissions authorityPlymouth CAST
Normal round intakeYear 7
Published Admission Number 2022-23140
Priority for children from another settingNo
Designated religious characterYes – Catholic Diocese of Plymouth
Admissions catchment areaNo
School uniformYes
Application FormPlymouth Schools Admissions
Supplementary Information FormYesa)    To be used if seeking priority for an exceptional need to attend this school. Included below at Page 6 b)    To be used if seeking priority on the grounds of faith. Included below at Page 9
Key Dates Normal round
When to apply6th September 2021 – 31st October 2021
Decision1st March 2022
When to appeal1st March – 28th March 2022
Key Dates In-Year admission 
When to apply1st September 2022
DecisionWithin 20 school days of application receipt
When to appealTBC
 Contacts for further information
Plymouth CAST Multi-Academy Trust01752 686710 admin@plymouthcast.org.ukPlymouth LA Contacts

 

school.admissions@plymouth.gov.uk 01752 307469

Plymouth policies, information, and admissions application forms

Plymouth Schools Admissions

LA School Transport:

Email – school.transport@plymouth.gov.ukTelephone – 01752 308770

Post – School Transport, Windsor House, Tavistock Road, Plymouth PL6 5UF

Children’s Education Advisory Service – advice for service families

01980 618244 DCYP-CEAS-Enquiries@mod.gov.uk

Children’s Education Advisory Service – advice for service families

01980 618244 DCYP-CEAS-Enquiries@mod.gov.uk

The Department for Education (DfE)

0870 000 2288 www.education.gov.uk

Office of the Schools Adjudicator

01325 735303 www.education.gov.uk/schoolsadjudicator

The Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA)

0370 000 2288 www.gov.uk/government/organisations/education-and-skills-funding-agency

Information about this policyVision and values:This policy supports the vision and values of Plymouth CAST. (To be added to upon completion of vision and values consultation.)

 

Policy Principles:

This policy:

  • Ensures Plymouth CAST schools comply with the requirements of the School Admissions Code
  • Provides a CAST-wide approach to admissions
  • Ensure all schools apply the same over-subscription criteria across the trust
  • Provide a central point for consultation with local authorities
  • Be reviewed each year by the trust leadership team and directors

Policy Aims:

  • To enable parents to know when and how to apply for places at CAST schools
  • To assist school leaders in meeting statutory requirements
  • To identify a best practice approach to waiting lists
  • To explain what supplementary documentation is required, when and to who
  • To provide a transparent approach to allocation of places at CAST schools

Relevant legislation and linked policies

School Admissions Code 2014: DfE

  • Fair Access Protocols: DfE
  • School Admissions Appeal Code: DfE
  • Local authority admission arrangements

Roles and Responsibilities:

Headteachers are responsible for:

  • Providing advice and guidance to the LGB and the directors as to requirements under the School Admissions and Appeals Codes
  • Making arrangements for determining admissions and hearing admissions appeals
  • Ensuring local authority deadlines are met

Local Governing Boards are responsible for:

  • Supporting the Headteacher to determine arrangements
  • Ensuring effective arrangements are in place for pupil recruitment

The trust senior executive leadership team are responsible for:

  • Preparing a CAST wide admissions policy, which takes account of Diocesan guidance and the School Admissions and Appeals Code
  • Providing oversight, and support, of the implementation of admissions arrangements across the company
  • Ensuring that the impact of any proposed changes to an academy’s admission arrangements are considered in light of the other academies in the company and other catholic schools generally in the diocese
  • Report to the directors regarding admissions arrangements across the academies in the company
  • Ensuring effective arrangements are in place for pupil recruitment to the academies in the company
  • Providing advice and guidance to directors regarding the requirements of the Schools Admissions and Appeals Codes

Directors are responsible for:

  • Approving a CAST wide admissions policy, which takes account of Diocesan guidance and the School Admissions and Appeals Code
  • Adopting the CAST-wide admissions policy prepared by the senior executive leadership and ensure that it complies with all diocesan requirements

Local authorities are responsible for:

  • Providing information to parents about the school
  • Providing applications and other available documentation to the school to be able to order parents who have applied for a place at the school
  • Managing in-year admissions

This policy applies to all admissions for the school year 2022-23.

Religious education and worship are in accordance with the teachings and doctrines of the Catholic Church. This does not affect the right of parents or carers who are not of the faith of these schools to apply for and to be considered for places. We ask all parents or carers applying for a place to respect this ethos and its importance to the school community.

Our school serves the Catholic communities of Plymouth. We also welcome applications from all parents and carers, regardless of faith or background, who would like their daughters to be educated in a Christian environment.

Plymouth CAST is the admission authority for the school and is responsible for determining the admissions policies. On behalf of the Trust, the admissions process for our schools is coordinated by the local authority.

The directors of the academy trust are responsible for the admissions policy and for ensuring the policy is implemented in CAST schools. School leaders (supported by the Local Governing Board) are responsible for following the admissions policy and providing information to directors to enable them to fulfil their responsibilities.

Oversubscription CriteriaTo be used only when there are more applications for places than there are places available.A child whose Education, Health and Care Plan names the school will be admitted without regard for these criteria.
  1. Looked after children[1] and children who were previously looked after[2] but immediately after being looked after became subject to adoption, a child arrangements order, or special guardianship order and children who appear to the admission authority to have been in state care outside of England and ceased to be in care as a result of being adopted.[3]
  2. Priority will next be given to children based on their exceptional medical or social needs[4] or those of their parents.[5]
  3. Priority will next be given to children who are Baptised Catholic.[7]
  4. Priority will next be given to children who are siblings8 of pupils on roll at this school.
  5. Priority will next be given to children who have attended one of Plymouth CAST’s Catholic Primary schools
  6. Priority will next be given to children of other Christian denominations9 whose membership is evidenced by a minister of religion.
  7. Priority will next be given to children of other faiths[10] whose membership is evidenced by a religious leader.
  8. Priority will next be given to children of members of staff[11] who have been employed at this school for more than two years or recruited within the past two years to fill a vacancy for which there was a skills shortage.
  9. Priority will next be given to other children.
Tiebreaker – to prioritise applications in the same oversubscription criterion:a)    straight-line distance from home to school and then,b)    where distances are equal (within a metre) an electronic list randomiser will be used.

[1] These children are Looked After by or provided with accommodation in the exercise of its functions (see the Children Act 1989 section 22(1)) by a local authority.

[2] These children were Looked After until they were adopted (see the Adoption and Children Act 2002 section 46) or made the subject of a child arrangements order or a special guardianship order (Children Act section 14A). Child arrangements orders are defined in s.8 of the Children Act 1989, as amended by s.12 of the Children and Families Act 2014.

[3] This change will be introduced only as a mandatory requirement under a revised School Admissions Code 2014. We anticipate that the Code will be revised in spring 2021. If the revision comes into force before this policy is determined, it will be included. If the revision comes into force after determination, it will be absent from the policy and will be added when we are required to do so.

5To request this priority, the application must be accompanied by a completed Supplementary Information Form for Exceptional Need which will include evidence, from a medical specialist or social worker of the need and why the child must attend this school rather than any other, based on the needs or either the child or parent or of both. If evidence is not submitted to the with the application, exceptional need will not be considered.

6 A parent is any person who has parental responsibility or care of the child. When we say parent, we also mean carer or guardian. Applications do not require both parents to agree on the preference for school.

7A child baptised in the Catholic Church, evidenced by a completed Faith Supplementary information Form.

8 By sibling we mean a natural brother or sister, a half-brother or sister, a legally adopted brother or sister or half-brother or sister, a stepbrother or sister or other child living in the same household as part of a single-family unit.

9‘Children of other Christian denominations’ means children who belong to other churches and ecclesial communities which acknowledge God’s revelation in Christ, confess the Lord Jesus Christ as God and Saviour according to the Scriptures and, in obedience to God’s will and in the power of the Holy Spirit commit themselves: to seek a deepening of their communion with Christ and with one another in the Church, which is his body; and to fulfil their mission to proclaim the Gospel by common witness and service to the world to the glory of the one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. An ecclesial community which, on principle, has no credal statements in its tradition is included if it manifests faith in Christ as witnessed to in the Scriptures and is committed to working in the spirit of the above. All members of Churches Together in England (CTE) and Churches Together in Wales (CYTUN) are deemed to be included in the above definition, as are all other churches and ecclesial communities that are in membership of any local Churches Together Group (by whatever title) on the above basis. Evidence will be by a completed Faith Supplementary information Form.

10Evidence will be by a completed Faith Supplementary information Form, together with a Baptism Certificate, a Certificate of Dedication or verification by a minister of religion for that faith.

11 This will be any salaried person employed at this school. Where the duties of a member of staff are undertaken at different schools, there will be admissions priority only at one school. This will be at the member of staff’s base school, where he or she undertakes duties for the majority of the time. Where that cannot be identified, priority will be at the school where he or she expects to work for most of the time in the current academic year. All members of staff are an important part of the school community. This includes members of staff employed by a third party, whose duties are solely at the school.

Supplementary Information Forms

Download “Faith Supplementary Information Form” Supplementary-Information-Form-2022-23_ND.pdf – Downloaded 121 times – 403 KB

Download “Supplementary Information Form for Exceptional Need” Exceptional-Social-or-Medical-Supplementary-Form.pdf – Downloaded 63 times – 436 KB

Notes

  • The information on this website reflects the current situation and therefore may change. Please check regularly so that you are aware of any amendments that do occur.
  • The planned admission number (PAN) for entry into years 7 – 11 in 2021-22 is 140.
  • If you want to apply for a place at Notre Dame Plymouth on faith grounds you should additionally complete the school’s own Supplementary Information Form.  Forms can be downloaded from this page.  This form should be completed and sent to the school with appropriate evidence.  Please call the school if you need further guidance.
  • If you apply on faith grounds and only complete the Local Authority form your application will be valid, but the school may not be able to rank your application against their admission criteria.  If you only complete the school’s form your application will not be valid and will not be considered.