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Notre Dame High School

Notre Dame
High School

Renaissance (Oxbridge, Medicine and Russell Group)

Working together with our colleagues in Norfolk Higher Aspirations Scheme, we run a series of events and bespoke support for students choosing to apply for Oxbridge, Medicine, or Russell Group universities.  Led by our experts, Mr Bishop (Oxbridge, Medicine, Law), and Mr Sharpe (Maths, Sciences and Oxbridge Outreach), we have a combined 18 years of experience helping students succeed in these areas: 

Oxbridge, Medicine, Law, and Russell Group university applications are supported through the “NDHS Renaissance Group”. We also support USA and Conservatoire applications when students have that ambition, with years of success in all these areas.

The "Renaissance Project" has been running very successfully for a decade. There is no pressure to follow any route – we just help students with the ambitions they have, however high they may be. We offer a range of activities, contacts, support and skills so students have the best chance of accessing future destinations. Students have successes every year, including 2 USA sports scholarships and an Ivy League University in recent years, and 2 Music Conservatoire places, alongside our usual successes in the following:

  • Oxford and Cambridge
  • Medicine and Law
  • UCL / Imperial / St Andrews / other highly competitive universities and courses such as USA and Conservatoire



  • an average of 5 successful Oxbridge students per year over the last 8 years, across 16 subjects from Maths to Art History.

Medicine and Law

  • an average of 4 Medicine students per year over the last 4 years, including students taking Veterinary Medicine and Dentistry. For Law, this time span has also included 4 Oxbridge lawyers, and many Russell Group Law successes each year.

What We Do – (the top 6 things)

  • personalised expert support tailored to the needs of Oxbridge, Medicine and Law applicants. In the early stages, this may include help in choosing courses or future paths that most appeal to the student. For some, slight changes of plan over the 2 years are common and healthy!
  • contact with previous high-achieving ex-NDHS/current-Oxbridge students in a wide range of subjects, and contact with professional legal, medical and Oxbridge outreach staff where relevant
  • personalised tutor statement writing, and extensive 1-1 personal statement support
  • personalised interview support (NDHS has also hosted Oxbridge Interview training for Norfolk teachers)
  • we have a newly-appointed staff member to add in-house specialist maths and science interview & application support. 
  • student societies (pandemics permitting!) - Debating Club, Medicine Society, Literary Book Club… if you have another passion, feel free start your own (it’s more impressive when you do!)

What if I have a question?

We are always interested in helping with questions or ideas in this area. For students outside Notre Dame at present, parents can email

Good luck with your journey, wherever it leads you!