Welcome to our Parents' Section
Here at Our Lady of Lourdes we welcome parents and want to promote a partnership with them that will grow and support our children throughout their primary years and beyond. We believe that through this bond we can instil an enthusiasm and joy for all aspects of learning and for life itself. We need you, the parents and family, to join the staff and the parish community in this extremely important and life-enhancing task. Together, we enjoy the privilege of watching your child grow and prosper. We are mindful too, of the great responsibility that this entails, and we pledge to do all in our power to make your child’s time with us at school fruitful, enjoyable and enriching.
In this section you will find a whole manner of information and guidance. If you wish to contact us with a specific question you can use the email form below.
Information for Parents - Frequently Asked Questions
What are INSET days?
INSET stands for In Service Training. All schools in England have five days every year when they are closed to pupils to allow for staff training. They an important part of staff training and development, ensuring that staff stay up to date with latest developments and so education in our school remains ‘cutting edge’.
What is the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)?
The foundation stage is Nursery and Reception.
What are Key Stage 1 and 2 (KS1 and KS2)?
Key Stage 1 is Years 1 and 2 and Key Stage 2 Years 3, 4 ,5 and 6.
What is the National Curriculum?
The national curriculum outlines what all children should be taught in each Key Stage. These are the subjects; numeracy, literacy, science, ICT, geography, history, PE, RE, PSHE ( Personal Social and Health Education), Art and Design, Design and Technology, music and MFL ( Modern and Foreign Languages.)
What is a TA?
A TA is a Teaching Assistant. This is somebody who supports learning in the classroom. Sometimes they will support individual children, at other times they may work with a group. They also assist teachers with classroom management and administrative tasks. We employ seven TAs in school and three Higher Level Teaching Assistants.
What is PPA time?
This is planning, Preparation and Assessment time; all teachers are entitled to PPA time, usually 10% of the contact time with children. During PPA time your child may be taught by a Higher Level Teaching Assistant or a supply teacher.
When do we get a school report for our children?
School reports are issued to all the children usually at the beginning of July.
How do I give feedback about my child to teachers?
There are two parents evenings every year when an appointment is made to discuss your child’s progress with their teacher. In addition teachers are always happy to talk briefly at the end of the school day. If you would like to talk for a bit longer, then ask your child’s teacher if you can arrange a time that is convenient for you both. You can do this at any time of the year, however teachers are expected to be in class to supervise children from 8.45 a.m.
How do I contact the Headteacher?
You can do one of a number of things.
1) Call into the school office and make an appointment.
2) Email firstname.lastname@example.org
3) Write a letter.
The Head teacher, Mr Anthony Rae, has an open-door policy and is always happy to meet with you.
Do the children have swimming lessons?
Swimming is part of the Key Stage 2 PE curriculum. At Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School, swimming lessons are for Year 3 and 4 . This may change each academic year.
Am I allowed to enter the school at home time?
Yes, but please be aware that the school buildings and grounds are private property. Parents and carers are allowed to enter the school premises, providing they have a legitimate reason e.g. visiting the classrooms to see a teacher, collecting lost property, clothes, reading bags. Parents and carers are expected to conduct themselves appropriately in school and under no circumstances must they question, chastise or reprimand other children or abuse members of staff.
When do my children sit their SATS?
SATS are taken towards the end of Year 2 ( the times are variable during April and May) and at the end of Year 6 ( a specific SAT week is set nationally every year usually the second or third week of May).
Children are taught to use the internet safely in school as it is a valuable resource for learning. Parents may like to know more about the dangers they may face and what precautions may be taken.
These sites will give you guidance:
If you have any questions or would like any help please do not hesitate to ask a member of staff.