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Our Lady`s Catholic Primary School
King Edward Avenue, DA1 2HX, UK Dartford
+44 (0)1322 222759
www:http://www.our-ladys.kent.sch.uk/e-mail:headteacher@our-ladys.kent.sch.uk

Welcome...

All the staff, governors and pupils of Our Lady's are glad that you are visiting our corner of the "Web".

Our Lady's is a Voluntary Aided, locally managed school in partnership with the Kent Education Authority.

We hope that this website will give you some idea of the blend of companionship, professionalism, high standards and sound educational practice that are the hallmarks of Our Lady's school.

From Reception to Year 6, we aim to give each child the benefit of staff dedicated to encourage them along the journey of learning and discovery within the security of a caring atmosphere where teachers, parents and friends work together for the benefit of the parish school community.

Extract from the Section 48 inspection :

Our Lady's is a very good school, with several outstanding features. It is a very welcoming school with a strong Catholic ethos, based on Gospel values. The school has a distinct Catholic identity, which pervades all aspects of its daily life and underpins relationships, which are excellent. The school provides excellent care for its pupils within a safe environment where they feel safe and valued. The issues identified in the previous report have been addressed. The Catholic life of the school and the religious education of the pupils both feature prominently in the school improvement plan. The school places a strong emphasis on self evaluation and has an accurate view of its strengths and areas for development. There is a strong commitment to continuous improvement and the school is therefore well placed to make further progress.

 

MISSION

Our Lady's School is founded on faith in Jesus Christ and the life of the school community is centred on His presence.

The school aims therefore to:

  • Worship God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
  • Value each person as a child of God our Father.
  • Create a caring, supportive and ordered environment.
  • Offer a broad and balanced education.
  • Foster relationships of affection, trust and forgiveness.
  • Co-operate with home, parish and the wider community in order that each child is enabled to realise his or her potential as a sensitive responsible person.

STATEMENT OF AIMS

At Our Lady's, governors, staff, parents and children work together to create a caring and supportive environment in which they highest possible standards are expected of every child, so that they are well equipped for future life.

Our Lady's, therefore, is a school where there will be:

  • Equal access to a broad and balanced curriculum.
  • Quality teaching and learning.
  • Understanding.
  • Improved learning environments.
  • Parents as partners in education.
  • Parish community links.
  • Extra curricular opportunities.
  • Diligence and commitment to hard work.
  • Friendship
  • Obedience of school rules.
  • Responsibility and honesty.
  • Love of God and each other.
  • Inclusion.
  • Family values.
  • EXCELLENT STANDARDS.

EXTRA-CURRICULAR

…Visits …
We frequently arrange for educational visits to places within our local environment and further afield, as well as inviting visiting specialists to work within our school. These are important since they build upon and enhance what the child has learnt in the classroom.


… Clubs …
There are a variety of activities provided on a voluntary basis by staff and parents that are available to children at lunchtime and after school. These include:

  • Netball
  • Football
  • Recorders
  • Art & Craft
  • ICT
  • Book Club

Our choir has sung carols at Leeds Castle, Bluewater
Shopping Centre and have appeared on the GMTV programme
on four occasions in recent years.

We enjoy entering local sports events and take part in
sporting tournaments and fixtures.

School Council

Our Lady's School Council is made up of 2 elected members, 1 boy, 1 girl from each class in years 2 - 5 plus the Head Boy, Head Girl, Deputy Head Boy and Deputy Head Girl from year 6. The Council meet regularly with Mrs Shepherd to discuss issues raised via the School Council suggestion box and other topical issues. In recent times the School Council have raised money for a mission in Lesotho, promoted healthy packed lunches within the school and evaluated pupil questionaires, resulting in the purchase of additional litter bins, vandal proof benches, planter to brighten up the school field and a bike rack.

Year 6 School Journey
Children in Year 6 enjoy a week long journey to Kingswood ICT and Activity Centres in the summer term. During the course of the week the children engage in daily sessions of ICT at their own work station alongside other outdoor adventure activities such as orienteering, archery, quad biking, fencing, wall climbing and other group building activities.

CURRICULUM

Subject Areas    

(Click here to go to directly to a list of subjects.)      

Our Lady's Catholic Primary School is a one form entry, co-educational school. Classes are determined by age and most lessons are delivered by their teacher in their classroom. All classes receive help from Learning Support Assistants, mainly working with groups of children on their literacy and numeracy.

A child's journey through the school is in three stages:-

The Foundation Stage
(Reception Class)

Key Stage 1
(Years 1 and 2)

Key Stage 2
(Years 3,4,5 and 6)

The Foundation Stage Curriculum is divided into:-

  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Communication, language and literacy
  • Mathematical development.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the physical development world.
  • Creative development.

The National Curriculum provides the programmes of study for Mathematics, English, Science, Information and Communication Technology, P.E., Music, Geography, History, Art and Design Technology at Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. The school's R.E. teaching, which is central to all that we do, is based on the 'Here I Am' programme.

Our educational aims are that all children will:

  • Be tolerant and show understanding with respect to the rights, view and property of others.
  • Develop a responsible and independent attitude towards work and towards their roles in society.
  • Achieve their potential in terms of academic achievement, aesthetic appreciation and spiritual awareness.


Children progress through National Curriculum levels at different rates. Careful planning and monitoring enables us to set targets for improvement, measure progress and ensure that children's work is differentiated to meet their needs.

The following subjects are taught. Click on the links for more details.

UNIFORM

School uniform must be worn every day. Please ensure all items are clearly named. Trainers and boots are not acceptable footwear. The following must be met for girls and boys uniform and for dressing for P.E. There are also some miscellaneous requirements.

Items of school uniform may be purchased at:-

TFS School Wear
45 Spital Street
Dartford

.. Girls ..

Autumn and Spring Terms

White blouse
School tie
Navy pinafore/skirt
Navy V neck jumper or cardigan (with school logo)
White socks
Shoes black/brown
Navy/black coat or anorak

Summer Term

Blue gingham dress (not stripes)
School polo shirt
Navy skirt
Navy V neck jumper or cardigan (with school logo)
White socks
White/blue/black/brown sandals may be worn

.. Boys ..

Autumn and Spring Terms

White Shirt
School tie
Grey trousers
Navy V neck jumper (with school logo)
Grey socks
Shoes brown/black
Navy/black coat or anorak

Summer Term

School polo shirt
Grey trousers or shorts
Navy V neck jumper (with school logo)
Grey socks
Shoes brown/black

.. Dress for P.E. ..

All children should have

Navy shorts (no logos)
White round necked T-shirt (no logos)
Plimsolls
Bag for P.E.
Trainers may be worn for outdoor P.E. activities and dark coloured tracksuits may be worn during the winter months.

Miscellaneous

Watches may be worn with parental approval, but no jewellery is allowed. Hair accessories should be sensible and in line with the school colours.

Children should not bring the following items into school:

Toys

Mobile telephones

Cards and stickers



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