Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School
Who we are
Our Lady of Lourdes is a Catholic Primary School in the village of Rottingdean, three miles east of Brighton. It serves the two Catholic parishes of Rottingdean with Woodingdean and Peacehaven and works closely with the seven other Catholic schools in the Diocese. The catchment area stretches from Brighton into East Sussex.
Opened in 1969 it is a two storey building with two playgrounds and seven classes from Reception to Year 6. The school is part of the Deans Cluster partnership working closely with the seven other schools in the cluster, providing a mix of secondary, primary, faith and special school experience.
What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by the school?
- BHISS - Brighton & Hove Inclusion Support Service, which includes:
educational psychologists; family support workers; primary mental health workers; specialist SEN teachers and specialist SEN practitioners
- Dialogue counselling service
- Front Door for Families
- EMAS (Ethnic Minority Achievement Service)
- Health schools
- Occupational Therapy
- Seaside View Child Development Centre for referrals
- Sensory Needs Support
- Speech and Language
- Safety Net
- School Nurse
- Virtual school for Looked After Children
- Young Carers
What training and experience have the staff supporting children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities had or having?
All teaching staff and teaching assistants (TAs) have regular SEN continuing professional development via INSET days and staff meetings. Staff have had training for supporting pupils with specific SEND including autistic spectrum condition, speech and language difficulties, hearing impairments, behaviour difficulties, an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) and attachment difficulties, as well as Epipen training. We have two members of staff trained as Attachment Leads. More recently we have been able to access a wide range of Emotional Health and Wellbeing Mindfulness training to help support children with social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) needs.
All staff have been trained to reinforce the importance of keeping the pupils' brains hydrated with constant access to water. Sloping boards, coloured overlay reading rulers and pencil grips are available. All staff are able to deliver Clicker 7 as an IT teaching and learning tool. The teaching of Phonics through ‘Read, Write Inc’ in years R – 2, and writing throughout the whole school using ‘Talk For Writing’ strategies, as well as the use of Clicker 7 is considered good practice in supporting children with dyslexic tendencies. All children have their own Clicker 7 login to use in school and at home. A trampette is used for Occupational Therapy.
- Accessible toilet
- Accessible changing facilities
- Hearing loop
- Chair lift