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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 2024' 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 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 should also complete our Supplementary Information Form (SIF): if you are a practising Catholic, you may wish to ask your Priest for a completed Certificate of Practise and submit this along with a copy of your child’s Baptismal certificate  (applications with just a SIF are welcomed).

In year admissions: 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. Details about this are further down this page.


Southend Borough Council acts as our Admissions Authority. If your child’s admission application was unsuccessful you may wish to appeal against this decision.

Information about appeals can be found on the website here.

In-year admissions

An application can be made for a place for a child in any year group 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

Where there are places available but more applications than places, the published oversubscription criteria, as set out in the admission arrangements for 2024-25, 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.