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Notre Dame High School

Notre Dame
High School


Admissions 2021

YEAR 7 ADMISSIONS (September 2022 entry)

Y7 Prospective Open Evening

  • 16th September 2021 - Viewing from 5 - 8pm.  Welcome talk at 5:30pm, repeated at 6:30pm.

Open Days

Every October, Notre Dame High School opens its doors to families considering a place for their children at our school.  This allows parents and their children to see what a day at Notre Dame High School is really like.

In order to ensure our visitors are spread over the days we have the following timetable.

  • 4th October Open Day:  AM - St Francis of Assisi, PM - St Benet's, St Edmund's and all other schools
  • 5th October Open Day: AM - St Augustine's, St Mary's and all other schools, PM - St Mary's & St Peter's and All other schools

Morning tours start each day from 9.30 a.m. from Main Reception with the last tour starting at 11.00 a.m. 

Afternoon tours start at 1.30 p.m. with the last tour starting at 3.00 p.m.

If you have any questions about our Open Days, please contact our Pastoral Team on 01603 611431. 

Admissions Key Dates

  • 31st October 2021Deadline for applications. Please apply both via your local County Council AND return the school’s Supplementary Information Form (available at the Prospective Parents Evening on 16th September, and online from 10th September) to the school.
  • 1st March 2022: National Offer Day - Letters confirming allocated places are sent by the Local Authority, or are posted online if you have made an online application.

For information about transition events and communications for new students joining our Y7 in September 2021 click on New Students Transition.

Year 7 Admissions Procedures 

Parents of Year 6 pupils in September 2021 who wish to apply for a High School place for September 2022 at Notre Dame are advised that they should apply both to the Council (via their own Local Authority) AND to Notre Dame (using the school's Supplementary Information Form, available at the Prospective Parents Evening on 16th September, and online from 10th September).

Important deadline dates

  • 10th September 2021: County Admissions Round opens.

  • 31st October 2021: Deadline for Applications to be received.

  • 1st March 2022: National Offer Day - Letters confirming allocated places are sent by the Local Authority, or are sent by e-mail if you have applied online.

Please note that no child can be guaranteed a place at the school. Parents should apply both to the Local Authority AND to the school to ensure your child is placed in the appropriate category for admissions purposes. The school is likely to be heavily oversubscribed so regretfully some parents and their children may be disappointed.

You are advised to use your three preferences on the Local Authority Form to put down schools in order of your preference. It will not affect your likelihood of being offered a place at your first preference school if you put down other preferences. If you put Notre Dame as your only preference and we are not able to offer a place, then the Local Authority will attempt to match all first, second and third preferences before reconsidering those who only put down one (unsuccessful) preference. In that instance you would be offered a place at the nearest school to where you live that still has places available, which by definition will not be one of the more popular schools.

Please note that our named Catholic schools supported by the Diocese of East Anglia are St Benet's Catholic Primary School, (Beccles, Suffolk); St Edmund's Catholic Primary School, (Bungay, Suffolk); St Augustine's Catholic Primary School (Costessey, Norfolk); St Francis of Assisi Catholic Primary School (Norwich, Norfolk); St Mary and St Peter Catholic Primary School (Gorleston, Norfolk); St Martha's Catholic Primary School (King's Lynn); St Mary's Roman Catholic Primary School (Lowestoft, Suffolk); Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School (Peterborough) and St Thomas More Catholic Primary School (Peterborough).

Admissions to other Year Groups

All applications MUST go through your local County Council School Admissions team. For most applicants that will be Norfolk County Council or Suffolk County Council. Councils then approach the school to determine availability of places. Please note that Notre Dame is one of the most oversubscribed High Schools in Norfolk, so we rarely have such 'in year' places available.

Relevant Links

Sixth Form Admissions

We will update our Sixth Form admissions pages and procedures for 2022 entry shortly.

We welcome applications to our Sixth Form from students at all schools. To apply for a place at Notre Dame High School please follow the link to Applying to 6th Form. Our Admissions Policy (September 2022 entry) is available here, and Appendices 1 and 2 contain details of the academic qualifications required to obtain a place at Notre Dame.

The closing deadline for 2022 Sixth Form applications is Friday 3rd December 2021.

Admission Appeals 

Parents/Sixth Form applicants whose applications for places are unsuccessful may appeal to an Independent Appeal Panel set up in accordance with sections 84 and 94 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998.

A notification of intent to appeal must be made in writing to the Operations Manager at the school. Initially it need only be brief; once an appeal hearing has been scheduled you will be invited to set out in writing the reasons for your appeal in good time before the hearing, so that the independent panel has ample time to consider the documentation prior to the hearing.  Appeals should be sent to the Operations Manager at the school address. Appellants have the right to make oral representations to the Appeal Panel.


In year or immediate entry appeals

Appeals resulting from in year admission applications will be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.

September 2021 Year 7 Entry

If your child is due to start secondary school in September 2021 and your application to Notre Dame has been unsuccessful, you can appeal against this decision. You can submit your intention to appeal between 1st March and 22nd March 2021 to guarantee that your appeal will be heard by the end of June 2021.

For applications made in the normal admissions round, appeals must be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals.

For late applications, appeals should be heard within 40 school days from the deadline for lodging appeals where possible, or within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.

September 2021 Year 12 entry (Sixth Form)

Provisional offers of Sixth Form places for September 2021 will be made in January 2021.

For applications to the Sixth Form:

i. where the offer of a place would have been conditional upon exam results, appeals must be heard within 30 school days of confirmation of those results;

ii. where the offer of a place would not have been conditional upon exam results, appeals must be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals.

Appellants will be sent notification of their appeal hearing together with a copy of the school’s case at least 10 clear school days in advance of the hearing.

If an appellant wishes to submit further evidence which was not included with their initial intent to appeal, they must make sure that it is received at least 5 clear school days prior to the hearing date. Any information or evidence not submitted by the deadline might not be considered at the appeal. Parents may waive their right to 10 school days’ notice of the hearing.

Admission Arrangements 2022/23 entry - consultation

The formal consultation on the school's admission arrangements for 2022/23 entry closed on 31st January 2021.