TEACHING TIME

There are six 50-minute teaching periods each day.

ROOM ORGANISATION
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).

TEACHING METHODS
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.

REGISTRATION PROCEDURE
All absences will be recorded electronically
Lesson by lesson registration – Every teacher will take an electronic register each lesson.
Form Registration Time:  8.45am – 9.00am
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 pocketbook check
8.    Other business

UNIFORM
Notre Dame requires all pupils to wear the correct uniform.  A smart uniform encourages a sense of community and develops a sense of pride and self-respect.

GIRLS
Navy blue trimmed blazer
White blouse with fastening top button
Grey pleated skirt
Grey jumper with college badge
College tie
In winter grey tights may be worn.  A black or navy top coat may be worn over the blazer in very cold weather.

BOYS
Navy blue trimmed blazer
White shirt with fastening top button
Grey trousers
Grey jumper with college badge
College tie
Dark grey socks

PE KIT
Navy and royal blue polo shirt with college badge
Navy skirt, skort or shorts
Navy socks
Hoodie (Optional)

PERFORMING ARTS KIT (Optional)
The school’s Performing Arts’ black T-shirt
PE hoodie
Black tracksuit pants

All pupils must wear black flat heeled shoes.  Canvas shoes (including Vans and Converse), boots or trainers are not allowed.
Fur, leather, denim or other inappropriate coats / jackets and scarves will be confiscated
A large dark coloured bag suitable for carrying books and equipment (including pen, pencil and ruler)

SIXTH FORM UNIFORM

GIRLS
White open neck short sleeve blouse
Black box pleated skirt
Black v-neck cardigan with college badge

BOYS
White short or long sleeve shirt with top button
Black trousers
Black jumper with college badge
Black tie

NB:  Girls are allowed to wear stud earrings.  Both boys and girls are allowed to wear a watch.  Other jewellery (except Sixth Form) and chewing gum are not allowed. Long hair should be tied back.

MOBILE PHONES
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.

SCHOOL ACTIVITIES
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
•    Choirs
•    Netball/Hockey/Football/Basketball
•    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
•    ICT Workshops
•    Library
•    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

OUR POLICIES (For full details of policies, please see the separate section under the PARENTS heading)
Health & Safety
Notre Dame Catholic College has a very clear policy on Health and Safety which is in line with the Local Authority Health and Safety Policies and Procedures.
All visitors to the school are asked to report to the reception and then wait to be accompanied by the member of staff with whom the appointment has been made. In order to ensure that all visitors to the school are made aware of the Health and Safety Regulations and to ensure that the Leadership Group of the school is aware of all visitors, particularly in the case of an emergency, parents will be asked to sign in when they report to the reception.

PASTORAL SYSTEM
All teachers have a pastoral responsibility. However, there are teachers who have special responsibility in this area. In every year, there is a Head of Year who has special duties within the Year Group with regard to discipline, attendance, liaison with parents and general practical matters such as uniform checks and homework.

Supporting the Heads of Year are Assistant Heads of Year, Assistant Headteachers, the Deputy Headteacher and Headteacher.
The aim of the pastoral system is to ensure that all pupils are encouraged and supported, inside and outside college, and that they are happy and secure within the school environment.

PROCEDURES
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 AND 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.

ABSENCE NOTES
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.

SCHOOL UNIFORM
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.

CLASSROOM ORGANISATION
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.

DETENTION
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
Homework is set every day for all pupils. Each pupil is expected to do the set homework. Full details about the homework timetable and diary are in each pupil’s planner. Parents are asked to look at their daughter’s/son’s planner and to sign it, with comments if they wish, wherever possible.

SCHOOL MEALS
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.

MEDICAL
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.

DRUG MISUSE
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.

ILLNESS AND 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.

PARENT TEACHER MEETINGS
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.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
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.

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