Admissions to Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School
Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School was founded by the Catholic Church to provide education for children of Catholic families. The Governing Body has sole responsibility for admissions. We ask all parents/carers applying for a place here to respect the aims, attitudes, values, expectations and commitment of this voluntary aided Catholic School. This does not affect the right of parents/carers who are not of the faith of this school to apply for and be considered for a place here.
Parents who want to apply for a reception place at a primary school for September admission must apply to their local council. If your child attains 4 years of age between 1st September 2016 and 31st August 2017, you must complete 2 forms.
Part time places are available through five morning sessions for those entitled to 15 hours funding.
The Nursery Building is self contained and separate to the main building. The Reception Class is adjacent to the Nursery Building and together these two classes comprise our Early Years Foundation Stage Phase.
The Nursery Class admits 30 pupils who will be three years old by 31st August. We have an outstanding Nursery Team which consists of a very experienced Nursery teacher and Nursery Nurse as well as a part time Teaching Assistant. Provision is known to be excellent and outdoor and indoor learning opportunities are available at all times.
We admit 30 pupils into our Reception Class. Entry is not automatic from Nursery due to our admission criteria(see admissions on Parent link). Children in Reception Class benefit from two outstanding teachers and a teaching assistant. We actively encourage students and parents to be a part of Reception Class as it is well known that small children benefit most in early development from interaction with a variety of adults as well as children. Our Lady of Lourdes Reception Class has a wet side (linoleum cover) and a dry side (carpeted). The wet side, or Blue Room, is used for all types of stimulating and exciting messy activities whilst the Rainbow Room, or dry side, is for more structured and quiet activities, such as reading and writing. Children also have acees at all times to quality learning in the outdoor environment.
Reception Class children remain in their own private playground area until late in the summer term when they begin to mix with the Infants from Years One and Two in the main Infant Playground. This prepares them effortlessly for the transition to Year One.