Joining our School in Reception
A child becomes eligible to join a Reception class if he or she is to turn five during the academic year 1st September to 31st August.
Places for Reception classes for all Lancashire Schools are allocated by the LA.
Admission information is available from Our Lady of Lourdes from September in the year before your child is due to attend. There are statutory rules, guidelines and deadlines for the application process – we are happy to explain and help in any way we can.
Children who are successful in gaining a place with us will be able to visit and see us in June prior to their September start. It is expected that all children will begin school together in September.
Applying for a place at our school during the school year (In Year Admissions)
In Year Admissions are admissions to school that take place outside the normal admissions rounds (ie Reception and Year 7)
If you are new to the area and require a school place or if you already reside in the area and you want to move your child from their current local school to our school, your application should be made directly to our school and the child will be admitted where there are available places.
Please see our current place availability below:
To apply for a place, complete our In-Year Admissions form, below and return to email@example.com
If you have any questions in relation to in-year admissions, please contact us either by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 01524 732289.
You may ring the school office to confirm that the form has been received.
Your application will be acknowledged upon receipt and we will advise you of the outcome within a maximum of 15 school days.
Where places are available, but we have more applications than places, the published oversubscription criteria will be applied, to ensure the correct child/children are offered the places.
If there are no places available, the child will be added to the waiting list and you have the right of appeal. Please see below for appeal information. Please note, that the waiting list does NOT guarantee a place at our school and if your child is currently not in education you should either make an appeal to our school and/or apply for a place at an alternative school.
Further information on how to apply for a local school can be found on the Lancashire County Council website: https://www.lancashire.gov.uk/children-education-families/schools/apply-for-a-school-place/changing-schools-during-the-school-year/
The school's admission appeals are supported by Lancashire County Council. If the Governing body cannot offer a school place, parents have the right to make an appeal.
This appeal should be submitted using the link below within twenty days of refusal of admission. The appeal provides you with an opportunity to explain why you wish to register your child at our school. The appeal forms and advice on how to complete them is available on the Lancashire County Council website:
Lancashire County Council will contact you in respect of your appeal application and inform you of the arrangements. The outcome of the appeal will be notified to you in writing.
The decision of the Independent Appeal Panel is binding to all parties, ie the family and the school.
Please note that this right of appeal against the Governors’ decision does not prevent you from making an appeal in respect of any other school.
If you would like further information or just a chat please contact the school office and come and see us!
Following a decision about a school place, you may wish to make an appeal. The procedure is outlined in the attached link to our Local Authority and an e-form will need to be completed and submitted.