Notre Dame High School is a popular and successful Catholic comprehensive school within the Catholic diocese of Hallam. The school has been graded outstanding in every category and sub-category in Ofsted inspection reports in 2005 and 2008. Notre Dame draws students from a very wide catchment area across the city of Sheffield and beyond. It has almost 1400 students, including 380+ in the Sixth Form. The school population includes around 18% of children from various ethnic minority groups. The school has an integrated resource for students with physical disabilities. In May 2005 Ofsted inspectors graded the school outstanding in every category and sub-category of the inspection and stated Notre Dame High School "is outstanding in every way".
In September 2008, another visit from Ofsted resulted in the school being graded, for the second time in three years, outstanding in every category and sub-category of the inspection. They reported that:
"Students thrive in an atmosphere where each is cherished as an individual, and all are challenged and supported to achieve their best".
"All students make very good progress, consistently, throughout the school."
"Throughout the school relationships are exemplary".
"High levels of tolerance and respect are evident in the way students react to each other, to staff, and to visitors".
"Students' enjoyment is seen in both the consistently high level of attendance and the extremely rare use of exclusion".
Students "are diligent about litter and outstandingly sensible and prompt in movement between lessons".
"Teaching and learning are outstanding because of the consistently high quality of many lessons".