Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School, Rottingdean, Brighton

We are very pleased to share with you our latest Ofsted Report (November 2018).  Here is the link:  Ofsted Report 2018

Our pupils say:

‘It’s the best school in the whole wide world’. 

If you are new to the area and looking for a place for your child, please do not hesitate to contact the office. We currently have spaces in Reception and some other year groups. Although we are a Catholic school we welcome members of all faiths and none into our community.

Mr Paul Beverton, Headteacher

We are pleased to welcome you to Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School and hope our school website will give our parents, carers and prospective parents an insight into the life of our busy, friendly school. As a Catholic school we offer our children the opportunity to grow as young people and encourage them to develop a closer relationship with God in an atmosphere of mutual love and respect. 

Giulia de Rosa, Chair of Governors

 We are a Catholic school but welcome applications from families of all religions and none.  Situated in one of the prettiest villages in the South of England, our school has been established in its present building in Rottingdean since 1969. Our Lady of Lourdes is a school we are all proud of. It is a vibrant, positive place that provides a safe and welcoming environment in which to learn. As a small, single form school we offer a supportive family atmosphere where every child is valued as a unique and precious individual.  Rooted in our Catholic values and respect for all peoples, we are a place of successful, enjoyable, challenging and safe learning for all. Our children enjoy coming to school, are motivated by their successes and become confident, reliable citizens.

Find out more about our  excellent SATs results, our Ethos and Values, our Mission Statement, staff, governors, how we work with parents and pupils, and our extracurricular and sporting activities.

While this website provides a lot of interesting information, it is no substitute for a visit to our school. We welcome you to talk with our pupils and their staff, to walk around our exceptional school, and to get a feeling for what it would be like to be a member of the Our Lady of Lourdes School community.

Paul Beverton, Headteacher – Giulia de Rosa, Chair of Governors

Rottingdean Village

We have 30 places in Reception. Last year, we received 25 applications which were allocated as follows:

Priority 2 (Catholic children with siblings at the school, resident in the local parishes) 7 children
Priority 4 (Catholic children without siblings at the school, resident in the local parishes)10 children
Priority 9 (Other children with siblings at the school)3 children
Priority 10 (Children of other Christian denominations)5 children
Priority 11 (Children from other faiths)no applications
Priority 12 (Any other children)no applications

Click here for our Admissions Policy giving more information on our admissions criteria.

Occasionally families’ circumstances change, and fewer children than originally applied for a place start at the school. We therefore operate a waiting list and offer any additional places as they come up.

Learning inside and outside of

The Classroom

We continually work to maximise opportunities for our children to reach their full potential by developing our inside and outside learning environments.  Recently we have refurbished all our Junior classrooms and redeveloped the library area to be inviting and stimulating places to learn.  In partnership with governors and the PTA, the school has resurfaced all play and recreational areas, as well as developed a new and engaging wildlife area in the school grounds.

Teaching children English and Maths is important, but we also understand that working together is a big part of the skills needed for life after education. At Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School we actively encourage teamwork and the helping of others through the promotion of a Growth Mindset, Playground Buddies and collaborative learning.

Click on the pictures at the right and the left to see full slide shows.

Our parents’ views are very important to us.

In our recent parent survey, 100% of respondents said that

  • their child is happy at the school
  • their child feels safe at the school
  • their child is taught well at the school
  • the school is a welcoming place to visit
  • the school has a good reputation in the local community

Here are some comments from parents about our school:

“The school has an excellent reputation for care, education and discipline”“Great reputation with excellent teachers led by a great Headmaster and Catholic faith values”“The great sense of community is one of the things I value most, it contributes greatly to my child’s all round development.”“Good or very good teaching staff”“I value the family spirit, the church links, the Reception teacher’s incredible teaching, the Headteacher’s leadership, how much the parents are encouraged to get involved (workshops, craft days etc)”“Good behaviour, fantastic teaching, wonderful staff”“It is a very nurturing school, and every child is encouraged to fulfil their potential.”“I value the way the children are nurtured, cared for and  believed in by the teachers and all staff”I value the strong sense of community, good leadership, teachers and nice peers.”

We encourage all parents to visit Ofsted Parent View and leave their views of our school.   You can do so by clicking this link.

Being a small school, we can ensure that each pupil is given the care and support they need, which reflects in our Ofsted reports. View our most recent report rated as Good here:


P.E. and After School Clubs

Physical Development

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Our purpose is to live, love and learn as a school community in partnership with home, parishes and the wider world. We help and nourish the children’s mental and physical development with:

The children learn how to work as a team and individually during their Physical Education, providing necessary skills for post-education life.

Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School

British Values Statement

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School is a Catholic School which seeks to live out the values of Jesus Christ.

As a Catholic school we are fully committed to the values contained within the Gospels. As modern British values have evolved from a time when we were historically Christian, our Gospel values and British values are fundamentally linked and interwoven.  In 2011, the government defined British Values as democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs. 

We proudly promote these same values through our curriculum as a Catholic school as represented in our mission statement. This recognises every pupil is unique and created in the image of God. (Genesis 1:27) Our framework for understanding British Values draws on the example of Jesus and his welcome and inclusion of all, which is the basis of Catholic Social Teaching.

School Office

Contact Us

If you would like to find out more to enroll your child or if you have a general query please do not hesitate to contact us.
Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School, The Green, Rottingdean, BN2 7HA
Contact name for all enquiries:  Joanne Dow
Tel: 01273 306980
Fax: 01273 308809
Email: [email protected]

Parish websites:
Our Lady of Lourdes Rottingdean and St Patricks Woodingdean: http://www.ololandstp.org
Immaculate Conception Peacehaven: https://icp.org.uk/
Diocese of Arundel and Brighton Education Service: https://www.abeducationservice.org.uk/

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all our children and we expect all staff, parents and carers to share this commitment.

Healthy Schools Brighton and Hove
The Basic Skills Agency

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