Frequently Asked Questions
Will I get a buddy?
Yes, every S1 pupil is linked to an S6 pupil. You will get the opportunity to meet them during your first few days at school, you can then chat during breaks or email each other to keep in touch.
I receive school meals in Primary School, will I get these at Notre Dame High?
Yes, if you are eligible for school meals then this information will come through to Notre Dame High when you enrol. If you wish to apply for school meals, please follow the link below:
Is there a Pupil Council?
Yes, the school is split into 3 Houses: Iona, Melrose and Trinity. Every year group votes in a Representative for each House. You will get the opportunity to put yourself forward in the Personal Support and Social Education class. The Pupil Council usually meet once per month.
What clubs can I join?
There are lots of clubs at lunchtime and after school, these will be advertised by departments around the end of August 2021. We try and provide clubs for everyone, these include: Art, Badminton, Basketball, Book Club, Chess, Choir, Creative Writing, Crosswords, Dance, Digital Games, Drama, Film making, Football, Gymnastics, Netball, Orchestra, Rugby, String Ensemble, Trampolining.
When does the school day begin and end?
School starts at 8.45am each morning. Your classes begin at 8.50am. Mondays and Fridays – the school day ends at 2.45pm. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays – you have one extra class in the afternoon and so you finish a bit later, at 3.35pm.
When is break time?
Break time is at 10.30am each morning. You have 15 mins to have your snack and go to the toilet and then go back to class at 10.45am. The Fuel Zone is open for you to buy a snack. They offer hot filled rolls (sausage, bacon, potato scone), toast, cheese toasties and even hot chocolate!
What time is lunch?
Lunch is 12.25pm – 1.05 pm. S1 and S2 pupils are not allowed outside the school gates at interval or lunch. S3-S6 pupils can go to Byres Road to buy their lunch if they want to.
What will my timetable be like?
In S1 and S2, your timetable allows you to experience every subject, have a look at the example below:
What time are the classes?
Have a look at the blank timetable below, it has the times of each period class and break times.
What food do they serve in the Fuel Zone?
The menu is changed every few weeks to provide variety for pupils.
Below is an example of a weekly lunchtime menu.
What is the PE Kit?
We do not have a branded PE kit to keep the cost of uniform as affordable as possible for our families. We ask that pupils wear a plain white t-shirt and black joggers or leggings to PE.
Does the school have lockers?
Yes, the school has lockers for everyone who wants to have one. You pay £18 at the beginning of S1 and receive a £3 deposit back at the end of S6 when you return your key. If you lose your key, it costs £5 to replace it.
How many subjects do I get in first year?
In S1 and S2 you have 15 different subjects across the week; English, Maths, RE, Modern Languages, Social Subjects, Science, Home Economics, PE, Drama, Music, Information Technology, Computing, Art and Design, Graphic Communication and Personal Support and Social Education.
How do I get to Notre Dame High School?
We welcome pupils from all areas of the city and beyond. After some consultation with pupils, we put together a list of some of the most common routes to school for you. Please click the hyperlinks for bus timetables.
See map below of the area around the school from bus stops on Great Western Road and from Hillhead Underground on Byres Road.
Hop on a No 6 bus going to City Centre, get off at Botanic Gardens.
Hop on a No 6a bus going to City Centre, get off at Botanic Gardens.
From Partick / Thornwood:
Hop on a No 8 bus going to Maryhill, get off on Byres Road at The Boot’s Pharmacy and the school is a short walk from there (see map). Walk up one more block, turn left when you see Old Salty’s and The Royal Bank of Scotland. This road is called, Observatory Road follow this all the way up the hill, it bends round to the left, keep going to the very end of the street and you will see the school gates.
If you are coming from Clydebank, you can get the No 2 bus to the bottom of Byres Road. The school is about a 15-minute walk from here. Kelvinhall subway station is at the bottom of Byres Road, it is only one stop to Hillhead station which is on Byres Road. It’s probably faster walking!
From City Centre:
Hop on a No 6 or 6a bus going to Drumchapel or Knightswood, get off at Botanic Gardens.
Walk up Horselethill Road, take second left onto Dundonald Road, walk to the next junction and you will see the school gates on the right at the top of the hill.
Hop on a No 38 bus going to Newton Mearns via City Centre and get off at the Buchanan Bus Station. From here take a short walk to the Buchanan Street subway station and get on the inner circle to Hillhead station. You then cross Byres Road to walk up the hill to Notre Dame High School.
Hop on the No 61 going to Summerston via City Centre and get off at Central Station. From here take a short walk to St Enoch’s subway station where you can take the inner circle to Hillhead station. You then cross Byres Road to walk up the hill to Notre Dame High School.
Hop on the No 64 going to the City Centre. You can take the subway to Hillhead station or walk to Wilson Street to get the No 6 bus to Great Western Road.
If coming from Ibrox, you can get the No 9A on Paisley Road West to the City Centre, get off at Hope Street. You will then need to walk to the bus stop for the No 6A going to Drumchapel, get off at Great Western Road.