The Sisters of Notre Dame have been responsible for providing an education in Everton Valley since 1869.
St Julie, our Foundress, believed that we had a responsibility to “give them what they need for life” and in that spirit we strive to ensure that given the complexities of modern life is more important than ever that young people are given the very best preparation in terms of Careers Education and Guidance.  This is their entitlement and Notre Dame Catholic College staff work to provide the good start that students need.

Notre Dame Catholic College believes that good quality Careers Education and Guidance can help young people to develop a sense of purpose, raise their aspirations and assist them to progress through learning into and through their adult lives. Careers Education and Guidance is viewed as an integral part of college life.

We have a Connexions adviser to work with all of our students and guide all aspects of Careers Advice and Guidance. Specialist tutors deliver PSHCE lessons dedicated to careers, and Heads of Year, teachers, tutors and teaching support staff all play a role in helping students to make well informed realistic decisions about future study and employment.

The college staff work hard to develop an atmosphere, which treats all students as equals providing a positive experience, which we hope, our students will take with them into adult life and the work place.

Our Policy for Equal Opportunities (including Racial Equality and Cultural Diversity), Personal, Health, Social & Citizenship Education Policy and School Discipline Policy all encourage students to take responsibility for their own personal development and to consider all opportunities.  For students with additional needs the SEN Department and Most Able and Talented Group facilitate further differentiated Careers Education and Guidance support for students.  The college is actively engaged in local partnerships working towards widening 14-19 opportunities and vocational choice and for all students.  We recognise that local and national developments bring with them an ever increasing need for quality guidance from an even younger age.
Work experience

At the end of Year 12 every student is encouraged and supported to undertake at least one week in relevant work experience in preparation for their application to university, apprenticeship or employment.