Director of Performing Arts – Mr J McHugh

Teaching Staff:

Ms J Hart (Head of Music)
Ms T Taylor

Miss L Hartley

Mrs C Skinner

Outstanding Facilities

Notre Dame Catholic College has two outstanding performance spaces, fully equipped dance and drama studios and a state of the art recording studio.

Performance Opportunities

The College gives regular performances in music, dance and drama throughout the year in the two Performing Arts auditoria as well in a range of venues throughout the City and beyond. Recent highlights include ‘A Night at the Musicals’, ‘Daisy Pulls it Off’ and the College Choir’s performance at the famous Mirabel Gardens in Salzburg, Austria. All students are encouraged to participate in the many opportunities ranging from impromptu lunchtime concerts to full scale public performances.

A Wide and Varied Curriculum.

The Performing Arts Department is proud of the range of curriculum offers open to students at key stages 3, 4 and 5. The courses on offer reflect the current opportunities in the workplace and aim to prepare students for career paths in the future. The results in public examinations at key stage 4 and 5 are outstanding and consistently outperform the national average across the country.

The performing arts subjects combine practical and creative tasks with academic rigour and appraisal. High standards of literacy are promoted throughout all key stages and follow the whole school marking policy. Students at key stage 3 produce one extended writing task per half term with pupils at key stages 4 and 5 being challenged further through a range of extended writing tasks.


The Performing Arts Department has links with a number of important arts organisations in the City including;

·         Resonate Hub.

Formally known as the ‘Liverpool Music Support Service’, Resonate is housed in Notre Dame and delivers high quality music provision to primary and secondary schools in Liverpool. 2014 will see the launch of the ‘Let’s Play’ scheme, a unique collaboration between Notre Dame and Resonate that will offer free instrumental and ensemble lessons for pupils in the North Liverpool area with specially commissioned resources and performance pieces.

·         The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

The RLPO ‘In Harmony Scheme’ holds its annual Christmas Concert at Notre Dame each year with players from the RLPO joining pupils, staff and the community for a showcase of the excellent work done throughout the year.


·         The Shakespeare Schools Festival.

·         John Moores University Dance Department

·         Rambert Dance Company

·         Liverpool City Council’s ‘The Lime Hub’

·         Nugent Care

·         Everton and Liverpool Football Clubs.