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Although we are a Catholic school we welcome members of all faiths and none into our community.
On this page, you will find links to all policies, forms and other information you may require to apply for your child to attend Our Lady of Lourdes School. It is important that you refer to documents which are dated with the academic year that you expect your child to join the school. For example, if you are applying for a place for your child to start school in September 2024, you should look in the policies section labelled “Admissions 2024-2025”. If you are applying for an immediate place, you should look in the section dated with the current academic year.
For more information about our school, please see our “Open Events” page.
How to apply for a place at Our lady of lourdes
Admissions Academic Year 2024-2025
- The deadline for Primary School applications for September 2024 entry is 15 January 2024.
- If you live in Brighton and Hove, you must apply through the Brighton and Hove Schools Admissions system.
- If you live in East Sussex, you must apply through the East Sussex Schools Admissions system
- You must also download and complete a Supplementary Information Form and submit it at the school office. This is the case even if you are not applying under a faith criteria. Please ensure that all sections are completed accurately and a copy of a Baptism certificate or letter, as required, is included if you are applying under the Catholic faith criteria.
- Please see attached and our Privacy Notice and Admissions Policy 2024-2025.
When will I know if my application has been successful?
For a place in Reception in September, you will be notified of the outcome of your application on the National Offer Day on 16 April 2024.
Appeals are managed by Brighton and Hove Council. Please find details of how to appeal, including timetable, on the Brighton and Hove Admissions website Appeal a school place decision (brighton-hove.gov.uk)
Please contact the school office if you have any further questions.
In Year Admissions - Current Academic Year
We have a few vacancies in the school at the current time.
Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School participates in the Local Authority’s In-Year coordinated admissions scheme. If you wish to apply for a place at our school outside the normal point of entry (i.e. not for Reception class), please follow these links to the council’s website:
School application guides (brighton-hove.gov.uk) – for information about In-Year admissions and the council’s coordinated scheme.
You must also download and complete a Supplementary Information Form and hand it in to the school office. This is the case whether you are applying under one of the Faith criterias or not. Please ensure that all sections are completed accurately and that a copy of the Baptism certificate, or letter, as required, is included.
Please ask the school office if you require paper copies of any of these.
Who processes your application?
The governing body is the admissions authority for our school and has responsibility for admissions to the school, including setting the priority of admissions when the school is oversubscribed. However, Brighton & Hove City Council (B & H CC) coordinates In year applications for Our Lady of Lourdes. If you have named Our Lady of Lourdes, B & HCC will send details of the child’s application to the school’s governing body. The school will check whether it has any vacancies and if so, whether they are able to offer a place. The school will confirm to B & H CC as soon as possible. B & H CC will notify you of the outcome of your application on behalf of the school.
When will parents be notified of the outcome of their application?
Upon receipt of an In Year application, B & H CC will aim to notify parents of the outcome of the application in writing within 10 school days. However, it might take up to 15 school days. Parents are expected to confirm acceptance within seven school days after the date of the offer.
The right to appeal
If you are refused a place at any school you applied for, you have the right to make an appeal to an independent appeal panel. Where an application is refused, the school will set out the reason for refusal.
For applications for In Year Admissions, appeals must be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged. If parents wish to appeal, they must set out the grounds for appeal in writing. Appeals are managed by Brighton and Hove Council. Please find details of how to appeal on the Brighton and Hove Admissions website Appeal a school place (brighton-hove.gov.uk)
Where an applicant is offered a school place following an in-year application, and the offer is accepted, arrangements should be made for the child to start school as soon as possible, particularly where the child is out of school.
If your child is not offered a place, you can add their name to a waiting list for a place. The waiting list is maintained by the school. Waiting lists are ranked according to our school’s admission criteria. Your child’s position on a waiting list may go down as well as up, for example, if other children with greater priority according to the school’s admission criteria are added to the list.
Please contact the office if you require a paper copy of this information.