Notre Dame Catholic Sixth Form College


Notre Dame Catholic Sixth Form College
St. Mark's Avenue

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Coordinates53°48′39″N 1°33′10″W / 53.81075°N 1.55289°W / 53.81075; -1.55289Coordinates: 53°48′39″N 1°33′10″W / 53.81075°N 1.55289°W / 53.81075; -1.55289
TypeSixth form college
MottoAh! Qu’il est bon le Bon dieu
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
FounderSisters of Notre Dame de Namur
Local authorityLeeds City Council
Department for Education URN130548 Tables
PrincipalJustine Barlow
Age16 to 19
Enrolmentc. 2,000
Former nameNotre Dame Grammar School

Notre Dame is a Sixth Form College in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. The college is situated on Saint Mark's Avenue, near to the engineering departments of the University of Leeds in Woodhouse, Leeds. It is near St Mark's (C of E) church,[1] and the Leeds Universities Catholic Church and Centre.[2] It provides A-Level and vocational full time courses in further education.


In 1898 the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur came to Leeds and to the two-classroomed parish school of St Anne's situated behind it. In 1904 the main part of what is now the Sixth Form College was built and opened as Notre Dame Collegiate School for Girls from the age of eleven to fourteen.[citation needed]

Notre Dame was one of three catholic direct grant grammar schools in Leeds, and the second that was all-female from 1946.[3] It later was known as Notre Dame Grammar School. The school was handed over to the diocese in the 1970s when the Sisters of Notre Dame changed their focus to education in developing countries.[citation needed]

The school became the Notre Dame High School in 1978, a catholic comprehensive school for ages 13–19 with around 650 girls.[4] All the other Catholic direct grant schools in Leeds also changed in this year.

The sixth form college was formed in September 1989 as the sixth form centre for Catholic education in Leeds. It was decided to merge boys and girls sixth-forms together in one college (from, Notre Dame High School itself, Mount St Mary's, St Michael's College and Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School). For nearly ninety years before this, a girls’ school was present on the same site. This was one of a network of girls’ secondary schools in England and Scotland which belonged to the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur.[citation needed] Admissions for girls (Year 3, age 13–14 years old) ceased in 1989, with the school pupils present moving up each year, and a growing Sixth Form admissions.


Notre Dame currently has student body of approx 2,000 pupils between the 2 years (of A levels); giving it a ten times larger student body than the average Leeds Sixth form. It is a Roman Catholic faith institution, and the only one of that denomination in the city for ages 16–18.

Notable alumni

Notre Dame Collegiate School for Girls

See also


  1. ^ St Mark's Church,
  2. ^ Centre,
  3. ^ "Grammar Schools Direct Grant Status (1946)". Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). Written-Answers. 31 May 1946. Retrieved 28 April 2020.
  4. ^ "Direct Grant Schools (1978)". Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). Written-Answers. 22 March 1978. Retrieved 28 April 2020.
  5. ^ "Election 2012: Akierra Missick". Radio Turks and Caicos 107 FM. 11 August 2012. Archived from the original on 1 February 2013. Retrieved 30 October 2012.

External links

  • Official Website
  • EduBase