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Notre Dame High School

Notre Dame
High School

Support and Guidance

A key strength of our 6th Form is the variety of ways in which we support and guide our students.

This page will give you a pen portrait of the different forms of support that we provide.

If you're not sure who is the best person to contact, then speak to our 6th Form Team.

Curriculum and Study Support

Head Students 

Our Head Students are part of the school council, which is made up of representatives from each year group. The School Council is a great opportunity for students to get involved in the running of the school. The Head Students are elected each year by the whole Notre Dame student body.

Bursary Advice 

16-19 students can apply for a bursary for financial at any time, for example if the household circumstances change during the year.  For further details visit our Busary Advice page.

Careers and Education Information Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) 

Whether your future is to study at university, embark on an apprenticeship, or to take a Gap Year, you are certain to be offered the information, advice and guidance you need in order to make informed choices.

Any student, and/or parents/carers now has the opportunity to arrange a meeting with a Level 6 Qualified Careers Advisor, to discuss future options and progression routes during and after their time at Notre Dame. To book and appointment with our Careers Advisor or if you have a question about  CEIAG provision visit our  CEIAG page.

Culture and Faith Studies 

All our students attend a weekly discussion lesson on current issues, culture and mental wellbeing.  These activities help to put all your other subjects into context.  The discussions also enable you to share ideas and opinions with a diverse group of Y12s studying a mix of subjects.  For more info visit our page on Culture and Faith.


Lead by Mrs Whiddett, there is an hour on the timetable (currently Wednesday Period 3, Week A) where we invite speakers from education, industry and employers in to school to talk about their work to help students get a better understanding of the jobs market.  Details of the program can be found on the "Enrichment Activities" section of the website.

Exams Info and Advice

Our Exams Team provide all the info and advice you need online.  If you are worried or concerned about anything or just want to double-check something, please do not hesitate to visit them.  To find out how to contact them visit our Exams page.

Extended Project 

Our popular Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) allows students to extend their abilities beyond the A-level syllabus and prepare for university and future career. It is worth half an A-level (70 UCAS points) so can be used to earn extra UCAS points. The EPQ is becoming increasingly popular throughout the country, over 30,000 students take the EPQ in the UK every year.  Details of the program can be found on our page for Extended Project (EPQ).

Renaissance (Oxbridge, Medicine, Law and Russell Group) 

Working together with our colleagues in "Higher Opportunities" we run a series of events and support for pupils thinking of applying for Oxbridge or Russell Group universities.  Led by our expert, Mr Bishop, details can be found by clicking on our page for  Renaissance.

6th Form Studies 

Sixth Form Studies gives you the opportunity to extend your experiences beyond the classroom by exploring a range of relevant PSHEE topics and helping you to develop your organisational, study and employability skills.  It will aslo allow you to participate in a choice of activities, or take on responsibilities that ecourage you to give back to the wider school community.

Progress Manager 

Sixth Forms students are given academic support by their teachers, Heads of Department and Form Tutor team. For those students who are not yet achieving their full potential the team will offer organisational, motivational and practical support to help promote progress. 

6th Form Policies and Forms 

We have a number of 6th Form Policies and forms which you may find useful.  To access them, visit our Policies and Documents page.

Social and Emotional Support

Help when you need it 

We know that life in the Sixth Form isn't always easy.  We have a number of staff here to help you when you need it. They include our Lay Chaplain Mr Savage, 6th Form Pastoral Support Workers, Ms Brickell and Ms Bye, and our Lead Social Emotional Mental Health Professional, Mrs Johnston.  Referrals are usually through either your Form Tutor or Assistant Director of Sixth Form.

Social Emotional Mental Health Support 

As a school we are committed to supporting our young people’s social emotional and mental health, we are very aware of the impact the COVID 19 pandemic has had on many families and children. Therefore, we have appointed a full-time Social and emotional mental health lead, Ellie Johnstone to support students in Year 7 to 13. 

Referrals can be made via Heads of Year following consultation with parents/carers. Students also have the ability to self-refer using the white post box outside Rm43 in the St John's Building. 

Ellie Johnstone also offers a lunch-time drop-in session in Rm43 that is open to all pupils Monday to Friday 12.30 -1pm .  

If you would like any more information regarding this new in-school support, please contact Ellie Johnstone directly by telephone on 01603 611 431 (x1028) or email

For general advice on supporting mental wellbeing, click on the images below.

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6 steps to boost your self esteem from Young Minds.


Safeguarding Issue 

Feeling like something's not right?
Are you feeling worried about

  • Something that has happened to you or someone else
  • Not knowing who to turn to
  • Coping with your mental health

Whatever's happening, you don't have to cope alone.  If you have any concern or worry, you can speak to any member of staff as we are a 'listening school'.  They will then pass on your concerns to the Safeguarding Team.  Or you can speak directly to your 6th Form Pastoral Support Worker, as they are members of our Safeguarding Team.

For more information visit our safeguarding page.

Outside Agency Support and Advice
Get free, confidential support from a Childline counsellor about anything you want to. You can talk to Childline from 7:30am-3:30am every day, either online, by calling 0800 1111 or by sending a message from their website.

Kooth is a digital mental health support service for young people aged 11 to 25 where they can access online support from a team of experienced counsellors. Access is free and there are a range of tools, such as activities and moderated chat forums that can be used to enhance young people’s mental health and wellbeing.

Aged 16-25 and need help with relationships?  Whether you're looking for support with your own relationship, or a family relationship - Relate can help you.  Relate has a special section on their website with advice for young adults.
Support and guidance for parents from leading experts and organisations

If you’re feeling unsafe, you can always talk to the police.

  • In an emergency, you can call 999 to get help straight away.
  • To report an incident or crime you can contact the police online
  • You can also report online sexual abuse or exploitation to CEOP
  • To report online material promoting terrorism or extremism contact report terrorism

Whatever you're going through, a Samaritan will face it with you. If you need someone to talk to, we listen. We won't judge or tell you what to do.  We're here 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  Call 116 123, or write us an email.

School Nursing Team
The NHS School Nursing Service provide a confidential, non-judgemental service to young people who are seeking advice regarding their physical health or emotional wellbeing. They provide support and advice around healthy eating, exercise, sleep, emotional wellbeing, healthy relationships, stress and many other issues that impact upon health and wellbeing.

  • Young People should contact direct using our text messaging service; CHAT Health 07480635060
  • Professionals, parents and young people can contact via' Just One Number', 0300 300 0123 and speak to a Clinician for advice and support.

Visit your doctor or nurse
You can make an appointment with your doctor any time. You can usually see them by yourself. Even if you can’t see your doctor in person, you can usually talk over phone. Find out more about visiting your doctor.

Victim Support
Victim Support is an independent charity dedicated to supporting victims of crime and traumatic incidents including domestic violence and abuse in England and Wales.