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. In the new academic year (from September 2019) we will put out dates for our parent walk around sessions for September 2020 intake. Please check the school/parish newsletter for these dates.
As a Catholic School, 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 School admissions policy for 2020 intake.
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.
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.