Welcome to Notre Dame Catholic Sixth Form College
At Notre Dame Catholic Sixth Form College you will be encouraged to aim high, achieve well, and fulfil your potential. All our efforts are designed to support you to success. You will be supported throughout your time here by specialist teachers, a strong Learner Support Programme, Group Tutors, other pastoral staff, and you will have access to high-quality careers advice.
You will study in an adult and friendly atmosphere. All members of the college community will support you in developing the high standards of self-discipline in your studies which are necessary for you to make the most of your opportunities.
Notre Dame is academically ambitious, but we also aim to nurture the whole person. You will have opportunities to develop your religious, spiritual, ethical views and values. You will be able to develop other interests and talents through the programme of extra-curricular activities – sporting, artistic, community-based, or voluntary work.
For futher information, and to see our 'outstanding' Ofsted inspection report, visit our website at www.notredamecoll.ac.uk
Notre Dame is the only Sixth Form College in Leeds. It opened in 1989 and offers full-time courses for students aged 16-19, unlike other FE colleges that take in many adults and part-time students.
Another difference is that Notre Dame is not so huge or impersonal that students become lost in the crowd. With over 1700 students all of roughly the same age, we are a college where you can quickly make new friends, where the teachers know the students very well, and where there is a genuine atmosphere of community and a feeling that you reallybelong to something.
A Sixth Form college also has great advantages over a traditional High School. There is a much wider choice of courses, and college students are given far greater freedom and responsibility in a truly adult environment. As a half-way house between school and university or employment, Notre Dame smoothes over the transition and enables students to settle into university life or their chosen career path painlessly and with far more confidence.
One of the most frequent comments passed by students is that Notre Dame is basically ‘a great place to be’!
The college has a purpose built IT suite which provides drop-in facilities for computer access during the college day. Various clusters are situated around the college to enable further access.
The newly refurbished college library provides a quiet place to study and is well equipped to support your study needs.
Specialist equipment is available for students with a learning difficulty or disability – for example, a portable hearing loop and laptops, issued on a priority basis.
Notre Dame is a Catholic college with a strong tradition of pastoral care for students. There is a weekly tutorial programme when tutors are available to give out important information about what is happening in college.
Topics covered include study and revision tips, careers advice, and going to university. The General Studies programme is also delivered via the Tutorial Programme. The college employs full-time Careers and Educational Advisors so Careers advice is available throughout the day. Extensive guidance is offered by staff and outside speakers to lead you through the complicated process of university application.
Tutorial time part-way through Upper Sixth is given over to revision classes for students who want to go over parts of the course that they may have found difficult. This is on a one-to-one basis and can be invaluable in the run-up to the final exams.
The college is committed to supporting the study needs of all students. Students wishing to develop their study skills e.g. time management, literacy and numeracy can do so by accessing Study Link. Trained staff will help you to design an individual programme of learning that you will then work through together. You can arrange sessions yourself or through discussion with any of your teachers.
The Learning Support department offers additional help from experienced teachers to provide specialist teaching for students with a learning difficulty, support for students with a disability and help for students applying to Oxbridge. Appropriate access arrangements are made for exams and individual tuition in literacy, numeracy and study skills is available via Study Link.
The Learning Support department has a number of facilities and resources available to help students with their studies which include two well equipped study rooms and self access learning materials. Specialist equipment is available for students with a learning difficulty or disability – for example, a portable hearing loop and laptops, issued on a priority basis. Students can access this support at any time, further information is available in our Student Handbook.
Notre Dame offers courses at foundation level 1, level 2 and 3. With over thirty A-level subjects, GCSEs, and a variety of vocational courses ,there is real choice and great flexibility when it comes to choosing the course that will suit you best
The college takes a great deal of pride in its examination results. The pass rate in the majority of A-level subjects has been over 90% each year since we opened, this year the overall pass rate is 98.7%. In 32 subjects, there were no failures at all! Over half the grades at advanced level are A* to B. The excellent pass rate in vocational subjects has never fallen below 90% and has been 100% for the past five years.
Notre Dame was named by the Chief Inspector of Schools in his annual report as “a particularly successful college”. We are particularly pleased that our “value added” score over the past four years puts us in the top 10% of all schools and colleges in the country.
The vast majority of our students go on to study for a degree at university, including a number each year who go to Oxford and Cambridge. Much time is spent in advising students personally. An Open Day and individual interviews make it easier for you to choose the right course at the outset.
Notre Dame will give you a good education and enhance your chances of going to university or finding employment.
How to apply
You can apply for courses at Notre Dame Catholic Sixth Form College through UCAS Progress. Add courses to your favourites to apply to this provider.