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OUR LADY OF LOURDES Catholic Primary School

Christ is the centre of our school community...


...where we live, love and learn together.

Dear Parents May I extend a warm welcome to you on behalf of the Governors, staff and pupils at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School. The prospectus you have received details how our school is organised and the policies that we have in place. We are proud of our school and know that the Gospel values underpin our decision making processes at all times. We hope that you will find our school warm, friendly, happy and hard-working. We aim to develop our partnership with you as parents as we strive to provide the best for your child in all areas of his/her education. Please read the details and have no hesitation in getting in touch with me if any point needs clarification. With all good wishes, B. O’Shea Headteacher

Aims

The school works closely with the parish and aims to provide an environment in which all staff, governors and parents successfully work together to guide the pupils to an understanding and practice of the Catholic Faith. We wish every pupil to reach their maximum potential in spiritual, social, personal, moral, intellectual and physical development, within a happy, stimulating, Christian community. This will enable them to become responsible committed Catholics in the wider community. Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School seeks to achieve these aims through: • the Catholic liturgy, prayer and worship which expresses the love of God in the daily life of the school • a broad, balanced, relevant curriculum meeting the needs of each individual pupil • an awareness of the importance and strengths of the cultural backgrounds from which the children come, and an appreciation and understanding of those who come from different cultural or faith backgrounds • positive co-operation between home, parish and school especially in the preparation for the sacraments and links with the community • mutual respect, example and positive leadership by all who work in the school, and the exercising of firm, fair and forgiving discipline

Our School Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School is one form entry serving the parish of Our Lady of Lourdes admitting children from the age of 3 to 11 years. There are eight year groups: Nursery and Reception in foundation stage; Year 1 and Year 2 in Key Stage One; Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, and Year 6 in Key Stage Two.

School Uniform BOYS Grey flannel trousers White collared shirt Ocean blue V-neck sweatshirt with school badge Royal blue and gold striped school tie GIRLS As above but may also choose to wear: Ocean blue sweat-cardigan with school badge White blouse Grey flannel school skirt Royal blue and gold striped school tie EARLY YEARS/KS1 Boys and girls to wear white polo shirt SUMMER Girls may wear Royal blue gingham dress White polo shirt Boys may wear grey short trousers / White polo shirt PE KIT White T-shirt Royal blue shorts Black slip-on plimsolls (Trainers may be worn for outdoor use only.) Tracksuits may be worn in the winter, when the weather is cold, and for outdoor use only. PLEASE MARK YOUR CHILD’S CLOTHING FOR EASY IDENTIFICATION Jewellery: No Jewellery is allowed, including earrings of any description. Children attending the school wearing jewellery will be asked to remove it by their class teachers. The jewellery will be returned to the child’s parent at the end of the school day.

Footwear: Children should wear black shoes. For children’s safety no high heel or platform sole shoes should be worn in school. Open-toed sandals or shoes should not be worn. Haircuts: Extreme haircuts are not in keeping with the ethos of the school and are a distraction to other children. It is the Headteacher’s decision as to what haircuts are deemed inappropriate for the school. Headwear: The Governors have deemed that no headwear is necessary in the classrooms of any description. Sun hats/caps and winter hats should be worn by pupils for break times and lunchtimes depending upon the weather which should be provided by parents themselves. PERSONAL POSSESSIONS Children must not bring valuables into school. Mobile phones are not permitted. The school and Governing Body will not be held responsible for loss or damage to personal property.


...where we live, love and learn together.

Dear Parents May I extend a warm welcome to you on behalf of the Governors, staff and pupils at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School. The prospectus you have received details how our school is organised and the policies that we have in place. We are proud of our school and know that the Gospel values underpin our decision making processes at all times. We hope that you will find our school warm, friendly, happy and hard-working. We aim to develop our partnership with you as parents as we strive to provide the best for your child in all areas of his/her education. Please read the details and have no hesitation in getting in touch with me if any point needs clarification. With all good wishes, B. O’Shea Headteacher

Aims

The school works closely with the parish and aims to provide an environment in which all staff, governors and parents successfully work together to guide the pupils to an understanding and practice of the Catholic Faith. We wish every pupil to reach their maximum potential in spiritual, social, personal, moral, intellectual and physical development, within a happy, stimulating, Christian community. This will enable them to become responsible committed Catholics in the wider community. Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School seeks to achieve these aims through: • the Catholic liturgy, prayer and worship which expresses the love of God in the daily life of the school • a broad, balanced, relevant curriculum meeting the needs of each individual pupil • an awareness of the importance and strengths of the cultural backgrounds from which the children come, and an appreciation and understanding of those who come from different cultural or faith backgrounds • positive co-operation between home, parish and school especially in the preparation for the sacraments and links with the community • mutual respect, example and positive leadership by all who work in the school, and the exercising of firm, fair and forgiving discipline

Our School Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School is one form entry serving the parish of Our Lady of Lourdes admitting children from the age of 3 to 11 years. There are eight year groups: Nursery and Reception in foundation stage; Year 1 and Year 2 in Key Stage One; Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, and Year 6 in Key Stage Two.

School Uniform BOYS Grey flannel trousers White collared shirt Ocean blue V-neck sweatshirt with school badge Royal blue and gold striped school tie GIRLS As above but may also choose to wear: Ocean blue sweat-cardigan with school badge White blouse Grey flannel school skirt Royal blue and gold striped school tie EARLY YEARS/KS1 Boys and girls to wear white polo shirt SUMMER Girls may wear Royal blue gingham dress White polo shirt Boys may wear grey short trousers / White polo shirt PE KIT White T-shirt Royal blue shorts Black slip-on plimsolls (Trainers may be worn for outdoor use only.) Tracksuits may be worn in the winter, when the weather is cold, and for outdoor use only. PLEASE MARK YOUR CHILD’S CLOTHING FOR EASY IDENTIFICATION Jewellery: No Jewellery is allowed, including earrings of any description. Children attending the school wearing jewellery will be asked to remove it by their class teachers. The jewellery will be returned to the child’s parent at the end of the school day.

Footwear: Children should wear black shoes. For children’s safety no high heel or platform sole shoes should be worn in school. Open-toed sandals or shoes should not be worn. Haircuts: Extreme haircuts are not in keeping with the ethos of the school and are a distraction to other children. It is the Headteacher’s decision as to what haircuts are deemed inappropriate for the school. Headwear: The Governors have deemed that no headwear is necessary in the classrooms of any description. Sun hats/caps and winter hats should be worn by pupils for break times and lunchtimes depending upon the weather which should be provided by parents themselves. PERSONAL POSSESSIONS Children must not bring valuables into school. Mobile phones are not permitted. The school and Governing Body will not be held responsible for loss or damage to personal property.


Should parents wish to change their children’s option from dinners to sandwiches, or vice versa, then this may be done at the end of a half term for the beginning of the next half term. This needs to be put in writing to the secretary.

Poor attendance is brought to the attention of parents through letters that go home. The school works closely with the Education Welfare Officer in dealing with parents of pupils whose attendance is persistently poor.

Medical Care

If absence is likely to be prolonged (more than one day) then parents are requested to phone and inform the school.

The school nurse makes regular visits to school to undertake hearing and vision tests as well as talking to classes about good hygiene. The doctor and dentist attend school during the course of the year.

A note explaining the absence of a pupil is always required by the school on the return of the child to school, irrespective of the duration of the absence.

Parents are reminded that staff in school are not allowed to administer or oversee medicines. These should be given before and after school, or the child should be kept at home until he/she is well.

Illness, medical/dental appointments are reasons which will be considered as ‘authorised’ absences.

Asthma sufferers need to have their inhalers with them at all times and are encouraged to administer them independently. As the school is unable to provide proper care for sick children, if a child becomes unwell whilst at school parents will be contacted by telephone and asked to take their child home. In the case of minor accidents or bumps to the head a proforma will be sent home to inform the parents.

Homework The staff of Our Lady of Lourdes have agreed that a certain amount of homework is a suitable means to help involve parents in their child’s educational process and to enhance work which is being carried out in the classroom. It is agreed that the amount of homework set should be appropriate, in terms of time and of its nature, to the age and ability of the child. Regular, large amounts of written homework are seen as not being beneficial. Typical homework for the week is: 10 minutes reading every night. 5 minutes tables/mental maths every night. 5 minutes spelling practice every night. 20 minutes numeracy homework. (once per week) The use of ICT programs, advised by the school, are widely encouraged to support learning. The school aims to encourage the participation of parents as much as possible in the education of their children – especially through homework. Further details can be obtained from the school.

Food and Drink - Healthy School Pupils may purchase milk for consumption at break time and/or dinnertime. At all other times fresh water is available throughout the school and in the classrooms for pupils to drink. As part of the school’s aim to encourage healthy options for the pupils, no other drinks are allowed in school. Pupils may bring in a piece of fruit as a snack to eat at the mid morning break or can purchase a slice of toast/crumpet. No other snacks will be allowed in school. In support of the school’s approach to healthy eating we do not allow sweets or chocolate in children’s packed lunches. School dinners are provided. Money for the week is payable in advance on Monday. Please put the money in a sealed envelope with your child’s name and class and the amount on it and label it ‘Dinner money’. Free school meals: - Please enquire at the office for further details.

In the event of a serious accident requiring immediate medical treatment (eg. a cut needing stitches) then the parents will be contacted and the child can be taken to hospital. If the parents of a child cannot be contacted the child will be taken to the Children’s Hospital/Casualty department by a member of staff or emergency services and looked after until the parent/guardian arrives.

Child Protection The school is committed to the thorough well being of each pupil. If we have any issues regarding a child’s health or welfare then we will discuss this with the parent/named carer immediately. In some cases, we reserve the right to involve social services immediately without consulting parents, as laid down in our child protection guidelines.

Emergency Contact It is essential that the school is able to contact a parent, relative or guardian of a child in case of an emergency. For this reason we require all parents to provide an up to date emergency contact address and telephone number.

Parking All parents are requested to show consideration when parking near the school as the safety of the children is paramount. The disabled parking bays outside the church entrance are reserved solely for those with a disabled parking permit.

Attendance and Punctuality Attendance figures are checked on a weekly basis and good attendance and punctuality are encouraged and rewarded both at class level and Key Stage level. Children are encouraged to achieve 100% attendance and 96% is given as the figure not to fall below. Every week we have a prize draw called ‘Be in it to win it’ in which members of the best attending class of the week have the opportunity to win a voucher prize. At the end of each term pupils can earn themselves a certificate and prize for 100% attendance. At the end of the year the pupils can win a special tie for full attendance throughout the academic year.

Shopping, waiting in for a repair man, and no explanation at all are examples of reasons which will be considered as ‘unauthorised’ absences. Parents are requested to phone the school by 9.30am with the reason for absence. First day absence phone calls are made every day between 9.30am and 10.30am.

Behaviour in School The aim of our policy on behaviour is to promote high standards of general behaviour, self-discipline, self-esteem and a showing of consideration for other people at all times. In order to promote this aim there are certain features of good educational practice that have been developed and are encouraged throughout the school: a) The Catholic Faith and the Christian themes of forgiveness and reconciliation are central to this policy at Our Lady of Lourdes. b) A set of moral values and attitudes based on the Gospels and the teaching of Christ and the Catholic Church not only through Religious Education but in every aspect of school life. c) The successful implementation of such a policy requires good leadership from the Headteacher and the senior staff and support by all involved at Our Lady of Lourdes. d) That it has been effectively communicated to parents. e) That it is applied fairly and consistently within a well structured pastoral system that responds to individual needs as well as given groups within the school. f) That the quality and relevance of the curriculum is matched to the pupil’s needs and interests, thus providing a challenging and stimulating environment, leaving pupils little time or interest for misbehaviour. g) That the need for the marking of written work, for good record keeping and the assessment of pupils’ work will enhance the pupil’s esteem and have a positive effect on the pupils’ motivation and hence on their behaviour in class and around the school. h) That positive teacher expectations of themselves and their pupils be encouraged so that good behaviour is accepted as the norm and is strongly reinforced. (The full Behaviour and Anti-bullying Policies are available from the school on request)

Teaching and Learning The school’s aim, in conjunction with the parents, is to support, encourage and challenge the children in all aspects of their development and to provide appropriate learning experiences necessary for the balanced growth of each individual child. This will be achieved by: Covering a broad based curriculum. Using a balanced variety of structured topics and subject specific activities. Using a variety of teaching approaches varying between class, group and individual work. Providing continuity and progression through careful planning, monitoring and assessment. Differentiation to cater for individual learning needs. We believe that children learn in a variety of ways and will require a range of skills to meet their learning requirements. Their learning activities will include: Listening, reading, observing, interpreting, investigating, experimenting, participating, role-playing, discussing and writing. (The full Teaching and Learning Policy is available from school on request)

Social Cohesion An important aspect of our teaching and learning is the fostering of the children’s understanding and respect towards each others faith and cultures. To this end, our citizenship curriculum covers Judaism, Hindu, Islam and other Christianities. Visits to the Catholic Cathedral, Mosque, Jewish Synagogue, Hindu temple are also incorporated into the curriculum, as well as specific assemblies on the customs and beliefs of the specific faiths.


Should parents wish to change their children’s option from dinners to sandwiches, or vice versa, then this may be done at the end of a half term for the beginning of the next half term. This needs to be put in writing to the secretary.

Poor attendance is brought to the attention of parents through letters that go home. The school works closely with the Education Welfare Officer in dealing with parents of pupils whose attendance is persistently poor.

Medical Care

If absence is likely to be prolonged (more than one day) then parents are requested to phone and inform the school.

The school nurse makes regular visits to school to undertake hearing and vision tests as well as talking to classes about good hygiene. The doctor and dentist attend school during the course of the year.

A note explaining the absence of a pupil is always required by the school on the return of the child to school, irrespective of the duration of the absence.

Parents are reminded that staff in school are not allowed to administer or oversee medicines. These should be given before and after school, or the child should be kept at home until he/she is well.

Illness, medical/dental appointments are reasons which will be considered as ‘authorised’ absences.

Asthma sufferers need to have their inhalers with them at all times and are encouraged to administer them independently. As the school is unable to provide proper care for sick children, if a child becomes unwell whilst at school parents will be contacted by telephone and asked to take their child home. In the case of minor accidents or bumps to the head a proforma will be sent home to inform the parents.

Homework The staff of Our Lady of Lourdes have agreed that a certain amount of homework is a suitable means to help involve parents in their child’s educational process and to enhance work which is being carried out in the classroom. It is agreed that the amount of homework set should be appropriate, in terms of time and of its nature, to the age and ability of the child. Regular, large amounts of written homework are seen as not being beneficial. Typical homework for the week is: 10 minutes reading every night. 5 minutes tables/mental maths every night. 5 minutes spelling practice every night. 20 minutes numeracy homework. (once per week) The use of ICT programs, advised by the school, are widely encouraged to support learning. The school aims to encourage the participation of parents as much as possible in the education of their children – especially through homework. Further details can be obtained from the school.

Food and Drink - Healthy School Pupils may purchase milk for consumption at break time and/or dinnertime. At all other times fresh water is available throughout the school and in the classrooms for pupils to drink. As part of the school’s aim to encourage healthy options for the pupils, no other drinks are allowed in school. Pupils may bring in a piece of fruit as a snack to eat at the mid morning break or can purchase a slice of toast/crumpet. No other snacks will be allowed in school. In support of the school’s approach to healthy eating we do not allow sweets or chocolate in children’s packed lunches. School dinners are provided. Money for the week is payable in advance on Monday. Please put the money in a sealed envelope with your child’s name and class and the amount on it and label it ‘Dinner money’. Free school meals: - Please enquire at the office for further details.

In the event of a serious accident requiring immediate medical treatment (eg. a cut needing stitches) then the parents will be contacted and the child can be taken to hospital. If the parents of a child cannot be contacted the child will be taken to the Children’s Hospital/Casualty department by a member of staff or emergency services and looked after until the parent/guardian arrives.

Child Protection The school is committed to the thorough well being of each pupil. If we have any issues regarding a child’s health or welfare then we will discuss this with the parent/named carer immediately. In some cases, we reserve the right to involve social services immediately without consulting parents, as laid down in our child protection guidelines.

Emergency Contact It is essential that the school is able to contact a parent, relative or guardian of a child in case of an emergency. For this reason we require all parents to provide an up to date emergency contact address and telephone number.

Parking All parents are requested to show consideration when parking near the school as the safety of the children is paramount. The disabled parking bays outside the church entrance are reserved solely for those with a disabled parking permit.

Attendance and Punctuality Attendance figures are checked on a weekly basis and good attendance and punctuality are encouraged and rewarded both at class level and Key Stage level. Children are encouraged to achieve 100% attendance and 96% is given as the figure not to fall below. Every week we have a prize draw called ‘Be in it to win it’ in which members of the best attending class of the week have the opportunity to win a voucher prize. At the end of each term pupils can earn themselves a certificate and prize for 100% attendance. At the end of the year the pupils can win a special tie for full attendance throughout the academic year.

Shopping, waiting in for a repair man, and no explanation at all are examples of reasons which will be considered as ‘unauthorised’ absences. Parents are requested to phone the school by 9.30am with the reason for absence. First day absence phone calls are made every day between 9.30am and 10.30am.

Behaviour in School The aim of our policy on behaviour is to promote high standards of general behaviour, self-discipline, self-esteem and a showing of consideration for other people at all times. In order to promote this aim there are certain features of good educational practice that have been developed and are encouraged throughout the school: a) The Catholic Faith and the Christian themes of forgiveness and reconciliation are central to this policy at Our Lady of Lourdes. b) A set of moral values and attitudes based on the Gospels and the teaching of Christ and the Catholic Church not only through Religious Education but in every aspect of school life. c) The successful implementation of such a policy requires good leadership from the Headteacher and the senior staff and support by all involved at Our Lady of Lourdes. d) That it has been effectively communicated to parents. e) That it is applied fairly and consistently within a well structured pastoral system that responds to individual needs as well as given groups within the school. f) That the quality and relevance of the curriculum is matched to the pupil’s needs and interests, thus providing a challenging and stimulating environment, leaving pupils little time or interest for misbehaviour. g) That the need for the marking of written work, for good record keeping and the assessment of pupils’ work will enhance the pupil’s esteem and have a positive effect on the pupils’ motivation and hence on their behaviour in class and around the school. h) That positive teacher expectations of themselves and their pupils be encouraged so that good behaviour is accepted as the norm and is strongly reinforced. (The full Behaviour and Anti-bullying Policies are available from the school on request)

Teaching and Learning The school’s aim, in conjunction with the parents, is to support, encourage and challenge the children in all aspects of their development and to provide appropriate learning experiences necessary for the balanced growth of each individual child. This will be achieved by: Covering a broad based curriculum. Using a balanced variety of structured topics and subject specific activities. Using a variety of teaching approaches varying between class, group and individual work. Providing continuity and progression through careful planning, monitoring and assessment. Differentiation to cater for individual learning needs. We believe that children learn in a variety of ways and will require a range of skills to meet their learning requirements. Their learning activities will include: Listening, reading, observing, interpreting, investigating, experimenting, participating, role-playing, discussing and writing. (The full Teaching and Learning Policy is available from school on request)

Social Cohesion An important aspect of our teaching and learning is the fostering of the children’s understanding and respect towards each others faith and cultures. To this end, our citizenship curriculum covers Judaism, Hindu, Islam and other Christianities. Visits to the Catholic Cathedral, Mosque, Jewish Synagogue, Hindu temple are also incorporated into the curriculum, as well as specific assemblies on the customs and beliefs of the specific faiths.


SENDA (special educational needs and disability act) Policy and Provision At Our Lady of Lourdes, in line with our Catholic ethos, we believe that all children are individuals and therefore special. We are always striving to meet the needs of every child in our care. However, in any school, there are children who have particular needs, which have to be addressed, to ensure they have access to their entitlement of a broad and balanced National Curriculum - these children we would define as having Special Educational Needs. These would include: • learning difficulties • physical disabilities • behavioural problems • gifted/more able children Being aware of this we would strive to ensure that: • we identify children with special educational needs through using the SEN audit set down by the Local Authority. • we develop an holistic approach to Special Educational Needs - developing staff skills and parental awareness. • we create an appropriate learning environment to meet the needs of all children. • we develop and maintain links with appropriate support services. • we work towards improving children’s skills and self-esteem through success and achievement. • we recognise and support in so far as possible, the policy for Inclusion. (A full copy of the Special Educational Needs Policy is available from the school on request)

Family Life Education As a Catholic school, our Family Life Education Policy needs to reflect a strong and positive moral Catholic ethos. Therefore, we aim to teach sex education through an integrated programme of family life education and never in total isolation. The Governing Body recognises that the prime responsibility for sex education must rest with the parents and any teaching in school will be in support of the parents. Parents will be fully informed of the content of the programme of work through meetings and access to the resources being used.

Family life education will begin from a child’s first year in school. This will enable our pupils to develop an understanding of how sexuality and human development relate to other aspects of life and society, such as love, relationships and family life as advised in RE Strategy “Learning and growing as the people of God”. All Family Life Education will be appropriate to the age, need and experiences of each child at Our Lady of Lourdes using a sensitive approach which will recognise special needs, gender and culture issues. It is not our policy to teach what would technically be called “sex education” below Year 5. The Programme of Work for the children at Our Lady of Lourdes will be divided into the following three main areas of study: 1. The development of an understanding of each individual’s growth towards physical maturity as part of God’s plan. 2. The fostering of an awareness and the development of the ability to practise self control. 3. The nurturing of a capacity to form healthy relationships. It is important that alongside the work completed in school with the children, there is the need to involve parents in family life education and to give them the information and skills to be confident in talking to their child about it. (A full copy of the Family Life Policy is available from the school on request)

Aims for Sport and its Provision in School It is the aim of the school to adopt a holistic approach to the child’s education and this will include the development of their God-given talents within sports. This also incorporates the school’s approach to healthy living. Good sportsmanship, being a team player and displaying team spirit is an essential quality which pupils need to acquire for use in life. Therefore we use sport as a means to teach the children these very important life skills. Our Lady of Lourdes is a school that prides itself on its provision of sports both within and outside curriculum time. This can plainly be seen by the extensive range of different sports that the pupils have been able to experience over recent years. Aims for sport within the school timetable the following clubs have been provided: Tag Rugby Basketball Gaelic Football Tennis

Cricket Football Netball


SENDA (special educational needs and disability act) Policy and Provision At Our Lady of Lourdes, in line with our Catholic ethos, we believe that all children are individuals and therefore special. We are always striving to meet the needs of every child in our care. However, in any school, there are children who have particular needs, which have to be addressed, to ensure they have access to their entitlement of a broad and balanced National Curriculum - these children we would define as having Special Educational Needs. These would include: • learning difficulties • physical disabilities • behavioural problems • gifted/more able children Being aware of this we would strive to ensure that: • we identify children with special educational needs through using the SEN audit set down by the Local Authority. • we develop an holistic approach to Special Educational Needs - developing staff skills and parental awareness. • we create an appropriate learning environment to meet the needs of all children. • we develop and maintain links with appropriate support services. • we work towards improving children’s skills and self-esteem through success and achievement. • we recognise and support in so far as possible, the policy for Inclusion. (A full copy of the Special Educational Needs Policy is available from the school on request)

Family Life Education As a Catholic school, our Family Life Education Policy needs to reflect a strong and positive moral Catholic ethos. Therefore, we aim to teach sex education through an integrated programme of family life education and never in total isolation. The Governing Body recognises that the prime responsibility for sex education must rest with the parents and any teaching in school will be in support of the parents. Parents will be fully informed of the content of the programme of work through meetings and access to the resources being used.

Family life education will begin from a child’s first year in school. This will enable our pupils to develop an understanding of how sexuality and human development relate to other aspects of life and society, such as love, relationships and family life as advised in RE Strategy “Learning and growing as the people of God”. All Family Life Education will be appropriate to the age, need and experiences of each child at Our Lady of Lourdes using a sensitive approach which will recognise special needs, gender and culture issues. It is not our policy to teach what would technically be called “sex education” below Year 5. The Programme of Work for the children at Our Lady of Lourdes will be divided into the following three main areas of study: 1. The development of an understanding of each individual’s growth towards physical maturity as part of God’s plan. 2. The fostering of an awareness and the development of the ability to practise self control. 3. The nurturing of a capacity to form healthy relationships. It is important that alongside the work completed in school with the children, there is the need to involve parents in family life education and to give them the information and skills to be confident in talking to their child about it. (A full copy of the Family Life Policy is available from the school on request)

Aims for Sport and its Provision in School It is the aim of the school to adopt a holistic approach to the child’s education and this will include the development of their God-given talents within sports. This also incorporates the school’s approach to healthy living. Good sportsmanship, being a team player and displaying team spirit is an essential quality which pupils need to acquire for use in life. Therefore we use sport as a means to teach the children these very important life skills. Our Lady of Lourdes is a school that prides itself on its provision of sports both within and outside curriculum time. This can plainly be seen by the extensive range of different sports that the pupils have been able to experience over recent years. Aims for sport within the school timetable the following clubs have been provided: Tag Rugby Basketball Gaelic Football Tennis

Cricket Football Netball


After School Sports Clubs/Activities Bishop Challoner has specialist sports college status and as such is recognised as a centre of excellence for the provision of sport. We link with Bishop Challoner to support our sporting activities regularly. In addition to this our school runs thriving after school clubs to cater for the children’s sporting and creative needs. These include mixed tag rugby; girls football; boys football; netball; badminton; cross country running; gymnastics; art club; drama club and music club. Peripatetic Music Tuition is available for guitar, flute, recorder, violin, keyboard and clarinet at an additional cost to parents. Information can be obtained from the school office.

Before/after school childcare provision The school provides both before and after school childcare. Please call at the office for further information.

Comments and Complaints Parents are encouraged to voice their concerns to the Headteacher in the first instance, at the earliest possible convenience, regardless of the nature of the complaint.

OUR LADY OF LOURDES Catholic Primary School

Should a parent wish to take their grievance further then it should be put in writing and sent to the Chair of Governors through the school office.

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School (NC) Tel: 0121-444-2684 Fax: 0121-441-3211 Email: enquiries@ourlady.bham.sch.uk Web: www.ourladyoflourdesprimary.com Designed and produced by WavePrint 0121 454 9441 info@waveprint.co.uk


Our Lady Lourdes Catholic Primary School Prospectus