About us

The prep and nursery has approximately 300 girls aged 2-11 and 15 boys aged 2-4. Welcoming families, of all faiths, who wish their daughters to grow in a dynamic, challenging and stimulating environment, the school prides itself in allowing every girl to shine academically, spiritually and socially, to be the best she can be and most of all, to have confidence in herself and respect for her community.

Set in 17 acres of beautiful, rural parkland, our school is part of a worldwide educational organisation, founded in Bordeaux in the 17th century by Saint Jeanne de Lestonnac. The Company of Mary Our Lady is the oldest recognised educational order, devoted to the teaching of girls and a belief in the unique contribution they make to society. We welcome families, of all faiths, who wish their daughters to grow spiritually, academically and socially in a dynamic, challenging yet caring environment.

Notre Dame School has:

  • An environment which educates, including 17 acres of park lands, sports pitches, swimming pool, forest school area, treehouse, and dedicated specialist teaching rooms.
  • A vibrant, bespoke humanities curriculum to develop thinking skills, moral foundation and knowledge.
  • A wide range of co-curricular activities to enhance the educational experience.
  • Highly-qualified teaching staff including subject specialists for music, PE, drama, Spanish, swimming, upper junior science, and dance.
  • A friendly, vibrant, mixed ability community of happy girls.

The discovery of self is especially important during the prep years. We draw out individual talents, develop personal strengths and positively address weaknesses. This is undertaken both in class and in a wide range of internal clubs and workshops. The prep at Notre Dame explores every facet of academic life and the school is especially proud of its strengths in drama, art, music, sport and languages. These are subjects at the very core of self-expression and you will find them enthusiastically carried through to the Senior, where they are taken to an even higher level.

The curriculum has breadth, depth and relevance. It is an enhanced version of the National Curriculum, strong in literacy and numeracy, and designed to provide a truly rounded, challenging preparatory education. The girls learn how to get the best from themselves and grow in motivation to excel, enjoy and achieve. The development of learning skills continues to be an important theme, as pupils tackle more advanced work. Knowing how to learn will forever remain one of life’s most valuable lessons.

Social, sporting and leisure interests are also encouraged to blossom in an atmosphere of mutual cooperation. A comprehensive range of extra-curricular activities is offered, including: ballet, golf, Spanish,  

Latest news

26 Mar 2021

NOTRE DAME SCHOOL IS SHORTLISTED AT THE TES INDEPENDENT SCHOOL AWARDS 2021

Notre Dame School has been shortlisted for Senior School of the Year at the prestigious Tes Independent School Awards 2021. The judges of this award were looking for ‘innovation, imagination and efforts to develop children that go beyond the league tables.’

26 Mar 2021

NOTRE DAME SCHOOL IS SHORTLISTED AT THE TES INDEPENDENT SCHOOL AWARDS 2021

Notre Dame School has been shortlisted for Senior School of the Year at the prestigious Tes Independent School Awards 2021. The judges of this award were looking for ‘innovation, imagination and efforts to develop children that go beyond the league tables.’


Tes editor Jon Severs said: “After a difficult year for all schools it is an honour to celebrate the Tes Independent School Awards, not only to celebrate excellent practice but to ensure that practice is shared far and wide. We received an unparalleled number of entries this year, which is testament to the great work all have done during the pandemic. The schools that have been shortlisted should be proud – it’s a remarkable achievement.”


Mrs Anna King, Senior School Headmistress said: “I am thrilled that we have been shortlisted for this award and I am so proud of all our teachers, staff and students. Their unwavering belief in our school and our ethos, and their dedication and hard work ensures that we succeed in balancing academic, creative, sporting, moral and intellectual challenge with fun, laughter, trust and compassion every day.”


The Tes Independent School Award winners will be announced at a virtual ceremony on Friday 30th April.



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05 Mar 2020

NOTRE DAME IS AWARDED PRESTIGIOUS WELLBEING AWARD

Notre Dame School has been awarded the prestigious ‘Wellbeing Award for Schools’. This rigorously assessed award, held by only a small number of schools in the country, focuses on the culture of the whole school using an evidence-based framework to look at staff and pupil wellbeing and ensure that mental health and wellbeing sit at the heart of school life. All aspects of the school community from teaching and curriculum to environment and leadership were examined and it was found that “wellbeing is engrained in the school’s ethos”.

05 Mar 2020

NOTRE DAME IS AWARDED PRESTIGIOUS WELLBEING AWARD

Notre Dame School has been awarded the prestigious ‘Wellbeing Award for Schools’. This rigorously assessed award, held by only a small number of schools in the country, focuses on the culture of the whole school using an evidence-based framework to look at staff and pupil wellbeing and ensure that mental health and wellbeing sit at the heart of school life. All aspects of the school community from teaching and curriculum to environment and leadership were examined and it was found that “wellbeing is engrained in the school’s ethos”.


During the comprehensive evaluation, the independent verifiers from Optimus Education found that: “The shared values and language of the school instill a strong sense of community and underpin a culture in which pupils and staff are empowered to take responsibility for their own and others’ wellbeing. It is a culture in which staff are accompanying young women as they build their lives, and all are caring for the individual. During the verifier’s visit this was exemplified by positive relationships, kindness, compassion, humour and mutual respect between all members of the school community.”


Mrs Anna King, Senior School Headmistress said: “For over 400 years, we have put wellbeing at the centre of everything we do and we are delighted that our deeply embedded ethos has been recognised by this award. It is a fantastic endorsement of our wonderful staff and our girls who are committed to supporting and caring for each other, and reflects what I see around school every day.”


Mrs Amanda Windibank, Head of Pastoral Care said: “It is very rewarding to be recognised for our culture of wellbeing. We know that happy girls make good learners and we intend to continue to be at the forefront of new mental health initiatives and a leading light in this area.”


The Wellbeing Award for Schools is awarded in partnership with the National Children’s Bureau and is designed to promote emotional health and wellbeing in schools.


For further information please contact:

Joslyn Woodger 01932 869993 or [email protected]

Marketing Manager, Notre Dame School


PHOTO 1: Notre Dame leads the way in mental health and wellbeing.


Notes to Editors:

• In the most recent Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) Report Notre Dame School achieved the highest possible grading – Excellent – in both Prep and Senior Schools and across both areas of inspections:

• The quality of pupils’ academic and other achievements

• The quality of pupils’ personal development


About Notre Dame School

Notre Dame School is an independent Catholic day school with over 630 pupils aged from 2 to 18 years. Set in 26 acres of beautiful parkland in Cobham, it is part of world-wide foundation established in Bordeaux in the 17th century by St Jeanne de Lestonnac. The Company of Mary Our Lady is the oldest recognized educational order for girls in the world, having been founded over 400 years ago. More information can be found at www.notredame.co.uk




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10 Feb 2020

Notre Dame wins at preestigious TES Independent School Awards 2020

Notre Dame School has won the marketing campaign of the year award at the prestigious Tes Independent School Awards 2020.

10 Feb 2020

Notre Dame wins at preestigious TES Independent School Awards 2020

Notre Dame School has won the marketing campaign of the year award at the prestigious Tes Independent School Awards 2020.


Notre Dame has focused on customer-facing activities over the last three years, while cutting its marketing and admissions expenditure by 50 per cent and its advertising expenditure by 85 per cent. New admissions and marketing approaches were introduced, aimed at creating an accessible, transparent and kind admissions journey that would be less stressful for prospective parents and children. Friendly, informative welcome packs were produced, while key messages were identified to build a word-of-mouth reputation and address misconceptions. Importantly, the role of the admissions team was reframed as that of an advocate for families rather than a gatekeeper.


The figures are impressive. The senior school roll is up by 18 per cent in two years, and applications at 11plus have risen by 42 per cent; the school is now a first-choice destination for candidates, including those of the highest ability.


Lead judge Rachel Hadley-Leonard said Notre Dame had run a brave and insightful campaign that recognised the importance of customer service throughout the admissions journey. “The school took bold steps to cut back on more traditional marketing strategies and focus on ensuring that every family was given a personal and five-star customer experience, resulting in pupil growth and improved feedback,” she added.


Mrs Anna King, senior school headmistress said: “We are delighted to win this prestigious award for our marketing strategy. It genuinely reflects the ethos of our whole school and is a credit to every member of staff.”


Winners attended a black-tie event at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London, hosted by award-winning comedian Ivo Graham, where more than 400 attendees celebrated all that is outstanding in independent schools across the UK



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