|Curriculum Redesign at Notre Dame|
When we talk about the curriculum, we mean the sum of the spiritual, academic and social experiences that our students have at school. As a Catholic School, in the tradition of the sisters of Notre Dame, we have a clear mission to be, not just a good school, but a distinctive school. Our curriculum starts from the belief that everyone is uniquely created by God and therefore is of equal value. Education must enable our young people to develop their God given talents, so that they can lead a fulfilled life and contribute fully to the common good. In doing this, we take as our guide St Julie's instruction to ‘Give them what is necessary for life'
In doing this, we of course have to deliver the National Curriculum, which is laid out by the government. There have been major changes to the National Curriculum over the last few years. We have given links later on this page to a website prepared by the government, where you can find out about these changes and the reasons for them.
We are constantly reviewing our curriculum, to make sure that it meets the needs of all students and, with the changes in the National Curriculum, we have been going through a major review over the last three years. We have asked for the views of students, parents and staff and have made some changes to the way that we do things. The following sections are designed to explain the changes we are making, the reasons for those changes and to give you further opportunity to express your views or ask any questions that you may have.