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Admissions

All parents want to choose the right school for their child and we encourage parents to visit our school so that they have a good understanding of our provision and our ethos. Please visit the 'starting school in September 2021' page to get a flavour of our school through our virtual tour.   

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School is a voluntary aided school in the Diocese of Brentwood and seeks, at all times, to be a witness to Jesus Christ. The school exists primarily to serve the Catholic community and Catholic children always have priority of admission.

The Governing Body welcomes all applications, from those of other denominations and faiths who support the religious ethos of the school.

As we are a Catholic School, when applying for a place, you must also complete our Supplementary Information Form (SIF) and if you are a practising Catholic, please ask your Priest for a completed Certificate of Practise and these, along with a copy of your child’s Baptismal certificate (if applicable). Details of the definition of Catholic practice is given here

If you are applying for a place in any other school year you do not need to complete the Council’s form unless you are applying for a Year 3 place in the determined admissions round.

Our Lady Of Lourdes Parish – notice about Certificate of Catholic Practice

Parents wishing to apply to Catholic Primary Schools for the next academic year are required to obtain a Letter of Catholic Practise from their Parish Priest. This must be requested from your Parish Priest in person and only one per child will be issued.

These are issued only to practising Catholics (i.e. those who attend weekly Mass). Furthermore, this practise of the Faith will be viewed over a period of time and not just the weeks prior to an application. Parish Priests may also look at the date of Baptism, noting those children who have been Baptised soon after birth as compared to those Baptised with proximity to school age. This is a matter of justice to all involved in applying for places in our Schools. Our schools are often oversubscribed and in order to be fair, preference will justly be given to those who live and practise the Faith as well as who contribute to the life of the Church through the various ways in which that support is given. If you are not a practising Catholic this Certificate will not be given; you may still apply to a Catholic School but your application will considered under another category for Admissions.

Schools admissions: applications for overseas children

In most cases, children arriving from overseas have the right to attend schools in England.

It is the responsibility of parents to check that their children have a right, under their visa entry conditions, to study at a school.  To help parents we recommend that those wishing to apply for a state funded school check that they have a right of right of abode or the conditions of their visas otherwise permit access a state-funded school.

Foreign nationals cannot use the 6 month visitor visa or a 6 month short-term study visa to enter the UK to enrol as a pupil at a school. Find out what these visas can be used for on the visitor visa and short term study visa pages.

Find out more visit the Department for Education.

Appeals 2020/21

If your child’s admission application was unsuccessful you may wish to appeal against this decision.

Information about appeals can be found on the Southend.gov.uk website here.

In-year admissions

An application can be made for a place for a child at any time outside the admission round and the child will be admitted where there are available places.  An application (SIF below) should be made to the school by completing the in-year admissions application form and returning it to Mrs Daves via email office@ourladyoflourdes.southend.sch.uk.

Where there are places available but more applications than places, the published oversubscription criteria, as set out in the admission arrangements for 2021-2022, will be applied. The admissions policy can be found at the foot of this page. Parents are advised to read the admission arrangements carefully before making their application.

If there are no places available, the child will be added to the waiting list.  Please see the admission arrangements for more details.

You will be advised of the outcome of your application in writing as soon as possible.  Applicants must be informed of the outcome of their application within 15 school days of receipt, but the aim is to notify applicants of the outcome of their application within 10 school days of receipt.

You have the right to appeal to an independent appeal panel if your application is unsuccessful.

If you have any questions in relation to in-year admissions please contact Mrs Daves in the school office.   You may also wish to discuss in-year applications with Southend Borough Council, the Local Authority.