Admissions

Although we are a Catholic school we welcome members of all faiths and none into our community.  

‘When you walk in you just feel it’s great to be here!’

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 2022, you should look in the policies section labelled “Admissions 2022-2023”. 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.

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How to apply for a place at Our lady of lourdes

  • The deadline for Primary School applications for September 2022 entry is 15 January 2022.
  • 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
  • If you are applying under one of the Faith criteria, you must also download and complete a Supplementary Information Form (see links below) and submit it at the school office.  Please ensure that all sections are completed accurately and a copy of a Baptism certificate or letter, as required, is included

When will I know whether my application was 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.

Appeals
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 (brighton-hove.gov.uk)

Please contact the school office if you have any further questions.

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Admissions Current Academic Year 2021-2022

We currently have vacancies in a number of year groups across the school.

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic 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 (ie not for Reception class), please follow these links to the council’s website:

Apply for a school place (brighton-hove.gov.uk) – to apply

School application guides (brighton-hove.gov.uk) – for information about In-Year admissions and the council’s  coordinated scheme.

If you are applying under one of the Faith criteria, you must also download and complete a Supplementary Information Form (see link below) and hand it in to the school office.  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. 

Links

In Year Admissions Procedure

Admissions Policy 2021-2022

Supplementary Information Form 2021-22 and Privacy Notice

Please use this form if you wish your child to start in the academic year 2021-2022.

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 consider 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)

Other Information

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.

Admissions Academic Year 2022-2023

Admissions Policy 2022-2023

Supplementary Information Form 2022-23 and Privacy Notice

Please use this form if you wish your child to start in the academic year 2022-2023.

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We have 30 places in Reception

For Reception 2021 places were allocated as follows:

Priority 1 (Catholic looked after children or previously looked after children)no applications
Priority 2 (Catholic children with a sibling at the school, resident in the local parishes)5 children
Priority 3 (Catholic children with a sibling at the school, not resident in the local parishes)no applications
Priority 4 (Catholic children without siblings at the school, resident in the local parishes)5 children
Priority 5 (Catholic children without siblings at the school, not resident in the local parishes)no applications
Priority 6 (Other Catholic children)no applications
Priority 7 (Other looked after children or previously looked after children)no applications
Priority 8 (Catechumens, candidates for reception into the church and children who are members of the Orthodox church)no applications
Priority 9 (Other children with siblings at the school)6 children
Priority 10 (Children of other Christian denominations)1 child
Priority 11 (Children from other faiths)no applications
Priority 12 (Any other children)12 children