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St Pancras Catholic Primary School
De Montfort Road, BN7 1SR, UK Lewes
+44 (0)1273 473017


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The School was last inspected by Ofsted in February 2003 and by RE inspectors in June 2003.

“St. Pancras is an effective school. The good leadership of the headteacher and the governing body, and the good support provided by the whole staff team, ensure that the caring, Christian ethos of the school is at the heart of its work. The good teaching across the school provides children with a good start to their time at school, and ensures that, by the time they leave, most are achieving standards in English and Mathematics that are above those expected for their age.“

[Ofsted February 2003]

“The headteacher leads a strong and effective team very well. She has a clear vision of Catholic education, which is shared by staff and governors. The Mission statement drives the work of the school. The school prayer incorporates aspects of this statement, thus making it accessible to pupils. The good behaviour and endeavours of the pupils are affirmed in a variety of ways, including ‘Reward Time’ and recognition at assemblies. High expectations of staff and a system of sanctions and rewards, which is used in a context of care and respect for all pupils, result in good behaviour. Pupils are friendly and polite and supportive of each other.”

[Section 23 report June 2003]


St. Pancras Catholic school was founded on its present site in 1930, although it has been in existence in Lewes since the 19th century. It has always been a small, family school with a village atmosphere and a good reputation for behaviour and politeness. Many pupils are children or grandchildren of former pupils and there is a strong sense of tradition alongside innovative and up to date teaching and learning strategies. Although the school is Catholic, there has always been a significant number of children on role who are not Catholic. We welcome all children whose families want them to experience the caring ethos of the school. St. Pancras has a good social mix and promotes inclusion and diversity.

2006 has seen the completion of 'The Arc'; a remarkable building project that includes facilities for art, music, science and ICT as well as providing more library space and access to the green area at the rear of the site. It includes a kiln, specialised printing press for etching and woodcuts, a meteorological station and observatory. The grounds at the rear will be landscaped to provide a wild space area for scientific investigations. The whole project used local and recycled materials for its construction and had the lowest possible ecological footprint on the environment. The building is be one of the first specialised arts & science blocks in the country. We are extremely proud as a school and parish to be involved with such an innovative building which has improved opportunities for creative activities for the children and for our whole community


At St Pancras School we are:

 A worshipping community with Christ at its centre, nurturing spiritual growth for all.  We respect and celebrate diversity.

 A learning community with children at its heart.  Individuals are encouraged to discover their potential and embrace wide ambitions.  We recognise and celebrate all forms of success.

 A family that encourages links between our school, the Parish and the wider community through shared celebrations and recognition of the importance of learning with others.


Application for places in the Reception class is made through the East Sussex coordinated admissions scheme on standard East Sussex preference forms. Parents are also requested to complete a separate governors’ admission form, as the Governing Body, is the admitting authority. 

In the event of applications exceeding the number of places available, the governing body has agreed the following priorities for allocating places in Reception; 

  1. Baptised Catholic children. [priority given to children living and  worshipping in the parish of St. Pancras. Baptism certificates or other proof would be required to confirm that applicants are in category 1.]

   2.Other local children who have chosen the school as their first priority and whose parents will accept and support the Catholic ethos of the school, followed by second and then third priority.  

Overall priority is given in each category to children in exceptional need [including children in public care and those with exceptional medical or social needs, supported by documentary evidence from relevant professionals]. Separate procedures apply for children with a statement of SEN.

If there are more applications than places available in any category, the following tie breakers will be used:                                        

Siblings of children already at the school;

Those living closest to the school [calculated using the standard LEA method.

Children are admitted to school in September of the academic year in which their fifth birthday falls and attend part time until the term in which they become 5, when they begin full time:

 St. Pancras is a Voluntary Aided School which operates under the Trustees of the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton and offers a Catholic education.  Applications are considered from Catholic families and other families who accept and uphold the caring and inclusive Catholic ethos of the school. The published admission number for the Reception class is 20.

 For admission of children already at school and wishing to transfer to St. Pancras, parents should make an appointment with the Headteacher and complete a governors’ admission form for each child. Visits made to the school or appointments with the Headteacher do not form part of the selection process. The school does not operate a waiting list.

 Parents who are refused admission for their child have the right to appeal. To appeal, parents should in the first instance write to the Chair of Governors. Appeals are heard by an independent panel which is empowered to give a decision binding on the Governing Body.

 For clarification of any of the above procedures, parents are advised to contact the Headteacher.


By long standing tradition all children at St Pancras must wear school uniform.  Wearing uniform enhances the children’s pride in their appearance and gives a sense of belonging to the school community. 

Winter [Terms 2,3,4]

Short or long grey trousers [boys and girls], skirt or pinafore (not black)

White or grey shirt, [short sleeves optional]

Bottle green V-neck sweatshirt*

Grey or white socks only

School tie*


Sensible and supportive shoes in black.  Trainers are not allowed.  


Summer – [Terms 1,5,6]

Children may wear short sleeved polo shirts with no ties, or green and white summer school dresses as appropriate.

Sun hats* for outdoors


Sandals may be worn in summer but these should be of a strong or robust design to provide adequate support.

PE Kit

Yellow school sports shirt*

Bottle green shorts*

Trainers / plimsolls

[Year 3 and above: tracksuit, Outdoor trainers]


All items marked * are available through the school.  Parents have to make a specific order.   Orders are processed three times a year (around the end of terms 1, 3 and 5)

For health and safety reasons:

Children are not allowed to wear any jewellery except plain stud earrings and watches.

All children with long hair must have their hair tied back.

Heels must be no higher than 2.5cm (1 inch)

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