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Mr J M Devlin
“In our school we are striving to create and develop a community based on the values and teachings of the Gospel in which there is mutual respect, love and understanding. We seek through Catholic Education to enable every individual to develop their unique potential within a wider and changing society”
"Achieving Together In God's Love"
We want all children at Our Lady Victories to be happy. We want them to feel safe and secure. We want them to be able to pray, to learn about God’s wonderful world, work and play together in a loving and respectful way. We believe that good behavior is very important and that children and adults can work alongside each other showing mutual respect and care for the environment in which they live. We are keen to work with parents, encouraging our children to grow spiritually, academically, personally and socially. We strive for excellence in all we do.
Our Lady of Victories Catholic Primary School is situated on a hillside position overlooking the town of Keighley, West Yorkshire, close to the Yorkshire Dales. It is a Voluntary Aided Catholic school administered by the Governing Body in association with the Diocese of Leeds and the Bradford Education authority.
There are 200 full-time pupils on roll in Key Stages 1 and 2, with a 30 ( full time equivalent) place nursery. The building was opened in 1960 and has undergone extensive refurbishment over recent years, including the addition of a purpose built Early Years Unit. The school has its own extensive playing fieldsa, and is adjacent to Our Lady Victories Church and Presbytery. Great emphasis is placed on partnership with the parish. We also work in close union with the Keighley and Skipton Catholic Partnership of schools.
Our aim at Our Lady of Victories School is to provide all children with a framework for living. The essential nature of this framework is to lead the children towards growth in knowledge, self control, the ability to judge clearly and choose freely in order to form and conduct relationships, based upon the teachings of Jesus Christ and his Law of Love, through the delivery of a broad, balanced , appropriate and differential curriculum.
The school is staffed with well-qualified and experienced teachers who work closely with each other and who are supported by a dedicated non-teaching staff. The school is also involved with training student teachers.
Parish Priests, Headteachers, Staff, Governors and Pupils have all moved on but Our Lady of Victories continues to serve the parish community to whom it owes its existence. The School needs the continued support of parents and parishioners, which has been so valuable throughout its forty seven year history.
CONTROL OF ADMISSIONS AND PROCEDURES
From September 2004
The Governors control admissions but in the case of Baptised Catholics the process is delegated to the Headteacher. In the case of non-Catholics seeking admission to Our Lady of Victories School, prospective parents should complete an Admission Application Form. Parents of prospective pupils are encouraged to arrange an appointment with the Headteacher by telephoning the school office and consulting with the Parish Priest.
Children will be admitted in the following order of priority:-
1. Catholic children of the Parish of Our Lady of Victories.
2. Other baptized Catholic children.
3. Children who have a brother or sister attending Our Lady of Victories at the
time of admission and are resident at the same address.
4. Children who have a brother or sister attending Our Lady of Victories at the
time of admission and are resident at a different address.
5. Children whose parents wish them to attend Our Lady of Victories school for
genuine religious reasons, who are prepared to support the Catholic ethos of the school and provided that such an application is supported in writing at the time of application.
6. Other children.
• Catholic children in public care will take priority within the particular category. Non-catholic children in public care will take priority over all other non-catholic children.
• These criteria will be overridden and a place offered a place offered where a child has a statement of Special Educational Need, which names Our Lady of Victories School in the statement.
It should be noted that for children registered under categories one and two, a Baptismal Certificate must be produced and shown to the Headteacher or administrator within one month of being registered.
If the Baptismal Certificate is not produced, the child will automatically be transferred to the appropriate alternative admissions category.
The school will admit no more than 30 pupils in each year group.
PROCEDURE FOR ADMISSIONS
Parents who wish their children to attend Our Lady of Victories should, in the first instance, telephone or call into the school, and collect a registration form and school booklet.
It is important to register a child even if he/she has older brothers or sisters who are or have been to Our Lady of Victories. Failure to do so could cause you to lose a place for your child.
If you do not know the school and would like to visit before registration then do telephone and make an appointment to meet the Headteacher and see the school. Come with any questions you would like to ask. Do make sure you ask them. It can be a good idea to bring a list of worries and queries; no-one minds. We are here to help you.
Please return the completed form to the school office. All applications for admission will be considered by the Admissions Sub Committee of the Governing Body.
Reception Class Admissions
Standard Local Education Authority application forms are available from the school office or via our Nursery class, along with Our Lady of Victories supplementary admission forms. These must be returned to school by the date stated on the form (usually late January). Parents will be advised of the
outcome of their applications on a set date in April of that year. Procedures are set out in full in the Admissions Policy available from the school office.
In the second half of the summer term there are meetings for parents of children starting in the reception class. These are arranged by the Headteacher who will write to you with all the details. There will also be visits to school for your children
If you seek admission for a child who will be joining later than Reception class, we would ask you to be aware that you must contact your child’s present school after making application to Our Lady of Victories. As with a first visit to school, do make sure that you ask any questions that arise: don’t leave anything to chance – your child’s education is too important to risk.
In line with Education Bradford’s policy, we only encourage children to change schools at the beginning of each term, except in very special circumstances.
Our Admissions Policy is available on request.