We are delighted that you are interested in sending your child to Our Lady's. Click on the links below to find out more about what school is like here.
Our Lady's is a safe, caring and happy environment in which we find the best in all children. We understand that children develop learn in different ways and at different speeds. Our staff ensure all children are given challenging, purposeful, playful opportunities to learn. A practical, playful approach to learning based on the needs and interests of the children runs alongside an exciting planned curriculum that helps children make rapid progress.
Each of our Nursery and Reception classes is led by a qualified teacher and supported by qualified teaching assistants. The team works hard to provide exciting opportunities that give children the knowledge and skills they need to succeed at school.
Nursery sessions are as follows:
Your child can come either every morning, every afternoon or all day every day.
Morning Session: 8.45am - 11.45am
Afternoon Session: 11.45am - 2.45pm
Full Day Session: 8.45am - 2.45pm
Reception children start school at 8.45am and finish at 2.55pm.
All admissions to school will be decided by the Governing Body in accordance with our Admission Policy, however admissions are dealt with centrally by the Local Authority. Children are admitted into Reception in September of the year in which they have their 5th birthday. There is an induction period during the first few weeks when children come to school in small groups to allow them to settle in and feel secure ready for the full day in school.
To apply for a place for your child in our school, please contact the Local Authority Admissions Team on 03001237039 or visit https://www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/residents/education-and-learning/school-admissions
Please see our admissions policy below:
Children are admitted to our Nursery in the September after their 3rd birthday (children must be 3 before 1st September). Places are allocated subject to our Admission Criteria.
For admission to our Nursery please complete our Enrolment Form (available to download below) and return to school with a copy of your child’s birth certificate and baptism certificate (if applicable). We will then place your child’s name on our Waiting List and contact you nearer the time. If your child is successful in obtaining a place, you will be invited to a meeting which takes place in the summer term before your child is due to start Nursery.
If you are interested in a place in our Nursery, please complete the following form:
Our Lady Star of the Sea is a Catholic School. We learn about Jesus and how he taught us how to live. We take part in an act of collective worship every day. Sometimes this is a whole school assembly; sometimes it is a meditation together; sometimes parents are invited to take part in our Stay and Pray sessions. We celebrate our faith at special whole-school events throughout the year and we pray together every day. We have close links with our church and Canon Niall Mullaley (or Father Niall, as we know him!) is a regular visitor to school.
Our school mission statement is 'Loving and learning together on our journey following Jesus with Mary as our guiding star.' We ask for Our Lady to pray for us.
At Our Lady’s, children in Nursery and Reception are provided with a stimulating learning environment which encourages learning through play – a fundamental part of early learning. The children spend a lot of time outside, whatever the weather, and they are given opportunities to develop characteristics of effective learning. Each of our classrooms has an interactive whiteboard and the children have access to various different areas of learning including construction, role play, water, sand, art and craft.
Teachers look to develop the characteristics of effective learning in each child. They are:
- Finding out and exploring; playing with what they know; being willing to have a go.
- Being involved and concentrating; persevering with challenges; enjoying achieving what they set out to do
- Having their own ideas; making links; choosing ways to do things