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. Our parent walk around sessions are on the 30th October 2018 at 9:00am and at 2:00pm. Please telephone the school office to book your place for these sessions.
If you are applying for a place in next year’s Reception Classes you should complete Southend Borough Council’s Single Application Form (SAF) which must be submitted to them by 15th January 2019. The best way to apply is online at www.southend.gov.uk/admissions but if you require a paper application these can be obtained from the Civic Centre, Victoria Avenue, Southend.
Southend Local Authority are also offering informal open sessions for parents who may wish to talk to someone about any part of the application process. There are two sessions, a morning and evening session on 15th November 9:30—11am (Tickfield Centre) and at 5pm—7pm at the Civic Centre. Southend Local Authority are no longer providing hardcopy booklets but a copy of the Admissions booklet for 2019 can be downloaded from southend.gov.uk/admissions.
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) should be submitted to our school office by 22nd January 2019. (See admissions section of our Prospectus for full details). 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. Please come to the Parish Centre for these on Wednesday, 10th October between 6pm and 8pm or Wednesday, 17th October between 6pm and 7pm.
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.