Our Lady of Lourdes RC School
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The Green
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4 - 11
Voluntary aided school
4 1 1 2 3 4
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% pupils meeting the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics
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The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection. Leaders work effectively together and have created a positive culture that supports all members of staff in doing their very best for the pupils in the school. You, together with your staff and governors, have created a strong team that always puts the needs of pupils first. You work tirelessly to ensure that pupils are safe and well cared for and achieve well. The school motto of ‘Live, Love, Learn’ is understood and lived up to by staff and pupils. Parents and carers are overwhelmingly positive about their school. One parent summed up the views of many when they said: ‘The teachers are so committed. I feel that all members of the school really care for my child and his development.’ You and your team have an accurate understanding of the school’s strengths because you evaluate the impact of actions carefully. Your plans for continued improvements identify clearly how the school’s goals will be achieved. Governors contribute effectively to the process of school improvement because they are well informed and ask challenging questions. They are outward looking and grasp opportunities to add to their skills and knowledge so they can continue to support the school. Governors understand that their role is to provide challenge to the school, but they also take a keen interest in staff well-being and actively seek ways to reduce excessive workloads on all staff. Pupils enjoy school and they behave well. In lessons pupils concentrate appropriately on the tasks that they are set and they work well together. Pupils are keen to support each other. They respect individual differences as a result of the values the school teaches them. You ensure that pupils’ views and opinions inform key decisions about the running of the school. You systematically seek out the views and opinions of pupils, including on how they learn best and what they want to learn. An example of this is in the recent development of the outdoor classroom. You have involved the pupil ‘Eco Council’ in making key decisions about the design of the area. Pupils feel respected, valued and listened to as a result of this approach to include them in the life of the school. The previous inspection report recommended that leaders improved the quality of teaching so that pupils made more progress in writing. Leaders were asked to do this by providing teachers with opportunities to share good practice and learn from each other. You rightly judge the quality of teaching as good and there are some examples of very strong teaching. However, there are occasions when teachers’ explanations lack clarity. At these times pupils’ misconceptions are not fully addressed. Your improvement plans provide a clear focus on continuing to ensure that the best practice in the school is shared and that teachers continue to learn from each other. Pupils make good progress in writing because of the steps you have taken to improve the approach to the teaching of writing. Where learning is best, teachers have fully embraced the changes that you have introduced. This includes providing pupils with resources that allow them to work independently and apply what they have been taught in lessons. In some classes this support could be improved further. You rightly acknowledge that further work is required to ensure that the school approach to teaching handwriting is followed consistently by all staff. Safeguarding is effective. The leadership team and governors have ensured that safeguarding arrangements are fit for purpose. The school has a strong culture of safeguarding that lies at the heart of all it does. Staff receive effective training in child protection and safeguarding. This helps them understand their responsibilities to be vigilant about pupils’ safety. Leaders maintain comprehensive records of any concerns that are raised and work well with external partners to ensure that pupils are safe. Governors provide effective oversight of the safeguarding policy and procedures and also benefit from useful training which enables them to fulfil their responsibilities. Pupils are provided with many opportunities to develop their understanding of how to stay safe because of the effective design of the curriculum. Every school term begins with lessons on ‘education for personal relationships’. In these lessons pupils are taught important life skills that help them to develop into responsible citizens with a keen understanding of how to stay safe. One pupil described how they had been taught the ‘five finger model’ which helped them to identify five people they could talk to if they had a worry or a concern.

Our Lady of Lourdes RC School Catchment Area Map

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This School Guide heat map has been plotted using official pupil data taken from the last School Census collected by the Department for Education. It is a visualisation of where pupils lived at the time of the annual School Census.

Our heat maps use groups of postcodes, not individual postcodes, and have naturally soft edges. All pupils are included in the mapping (i.e. children with siblings already at the school, high priority pupils and selective and/or religious admissions) but we may have removed statistical ‘outliers’ with more remote postcodes that do not reflect majority admissions.

For some schools, the heat map may be a useful indicator of the catchment area but our heat maps are not the same as catchment area maps. Catchment area maps, published by the school or local authority, are based on geographical admissions criteria and show actual cut-off distances and pre-defined catchment areas for a single admission year.

This information is provided as a guide only. The areas from which pupils are admitted to a school can change from year to year to reflect the number of siblings and pupils admitted under high priority admissions criteria.

3 steps to help parents gather catchment information for a school:

  1. Look at our school catchment area guide for more information on heat maps. They give a useful indicator of the general areas that admit pupils to the school. This visualisation is based on all attending pupils present at the time of the annual School Census.
  2. Use the link to the Local Authority Contact (above) to find catchment area information based on a single admission year. This is very important if you are considering applying to a school.
  3. On each school page, use the link to visit the school website and find information on individual school admissions criteria. Geographical criteria are only applied after pupils have been admitted on higher priority criteria such as Looked After Children, SEN, siblings, etc.
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News & events from Our Lady of Lourdes RC School

Last update: 03 May 2019

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

We all remember our schooldays, but have you ever wondered what it’s like to be at school today? Here are just a few of the many things that happened last term.

In December, local author Nickhola- Susanne came and shared some of her stories from her book the Wonder. She brought lots of exciting props and the children were encouraged to actively participate in creating thunderstorm noises, spraying water for a rainstorm, banging drums etc to create the atmosphere. After a gripping storytelling session about how a butterfly got its wings one child from Reception class was overheard to say, "that's the best story ever!"

During October, we had Grandparent Week activities across the school. It was an enormous success and we had lots of positive comments from those who came along. We were mindful that some children may not have had someone but can assure you all the grandparents that visited shared time amongst all the children.

September saw Shona Richards, 400m hurdler, British junior record holder and twice world junior silver medallist visit the school. Shona held an assembly and spoke about her sporting life. She also talked about growth mindsets and was impressed with the children's knowledge of what it takes to achieve this!  Also that month, John Cumming came in to do a talk about Rottingdean and its history. The children were really engaged and loved being able to learn about the different people who lived in Rottingdean and the many events that took place here.

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