In 1996 the school celebrated the award of Investor in People, a purpose built Technology Centre and two new science laboratories. January 1997 brought the opening of a new suite of Music classrooms and rehearsal rooms. In September 1997 we opened a new building housing the Open Learning Centre (a 21st Century multi-media learning resource centre), eight classrooms and facilities for students with disabilities. In 1998 we opened new and refurbished changing rooms and two all weather sports pitches. In 2000, the school received excellent report following a short inspection in May. Shortly afterwards Notre Dame High School was invited to become a Beacon School and named by HMCI as an "outstanding school". Hallam City Learning Centre, a centre of IT excellence for the community of South West Sheffield and its schools was opened in 2003. Notre Dame was rated "outstanding" by Ofsted and in 2005 and 2008. In 2009 Notre Dame was further extended by the Environmental Learning Center, a purpose-built wooden building located at the north end of our school woodland. In 2011 the school was recognised as one of the first 100 Teaching Schools nationally and became an Academy in 2012.
The school retains contact with the Sisters of Notre Dame, who are still represented on the school's governing body, and regularly gives thanks for the work done by them for Catholic education in Sheffield for over 150 years.