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Our Lady of LourdesCatholic Primary School & Nursery

“Christ at the centre of our school where we live, love and learn together”


Welcome to the website of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School, Yardley Wood, Birmingham. If you are worried about a child please speak to a DSL in school or telephone 01213031888 - CASS. If you think a child is in immediate danger please phone 999


Rights Respecting Award - Bronze Level

Awarded November 2020

Subject Leader – Mrs David and Miss Molloy


Many Birmingham schools participate in this award. Together young people and the school community learn about children’s rights, putting them into practice every day.  The Award is not just about what children do but also, importantly, what adults do. In Rights Respecting Schools children’s rights are promoted and realised, adults and children work towards this goal together.

There are four key areas of impact for children at a Rights Respecting school; wellbeing, participation, relationships and self-esteem.

International Eco Schools Award - Green Flag

Awarded November 2019

Subject Leader – Miss Grant 


67 countries around the world are working towards Green Flag status in their schools. OLOL was awarded our Green Flag this year after three years of hard work (and achieving the other levels of Eco Award) with three successive Eco Teams. There are 7 steps and 10 topics to achieve success in this award and we have enthusiastically embraced this as it leads us back to Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si.

Forest School Practitioners

Awarded June 2018

Subject Leader – Miss Grant

Forest Outreach – Mrs Austin


We are in a very privileged position alongside the Dingles and with the ongoing support of the Ranger Service, that we can provide our pupils with Forest Education and have enhanced our offer for outdoor learning in all subjects. Miss Grant will lead Curriculum based Forest Education and our newly arrived member of staff Mrs Austin will lead Forest Outreach with other schools, targeted provision for pupil premium children and outdoor and adventurous sports and games in PE.

Artsmark Award SILVER

Awarded February 2018

Subject Leader – Mrs Patrick


Quote from our feedback: "As a Silver Artsmark school Arts Council England celebrates your commitment to arts and cultural education and the opportunities emerging across your provision. Your children and young people are offered equal opportunity to participate in a diverse range of arts and cultural experiences and you recognise the importance of development opportunities for your staff in these areas. You understand the value of working with arts and cultural organisations and are developing partnerships to enhance your provision. Your children and young people have an opportunity to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding of arts and culture and you are working to build on the foundations of your provision.


The panel enjoyed reading about how working towards Artsmark had created a richer arts offer at your school and your commitment to supporting teachers to develop their arts teaching skills is noteworthy. This included the dedicated INSET day and regular staff meeting time, to monitor and support work, as well as developing a tailored school arts curriculum to better track pupil progress…

Congratulations on your Artsmark Silver Award!"


Awarded November 2017

Subject Leader – Miss Kenny


Following an extensive external assessment, we have been awarded the prestigious ICT Mark. The award recognises the school’s success in developing the strategic use of technology in both administration and across the curriculum. Success in this award is a sign that OLOL children are attending a school at the forefront of modern technology.

Speaker's School Council Award

Highly Commended - Awarded September 2017

Subject Leader – Mrs Larkin


The Speaker's School Council Award is an annual competition for School Council's to show how they are making a daily impact in their schools. Miss Ballantyne has worked with the School Council to try and develop awareness and action linked to road safety outside our school. Awards like this are part of our wider PSHEE and British Values learning with our community.

Primary Science Quality Mark

GOLD Level - Awarded May 2017

Subject Leader – Mrs Larkin


The Primary Science Quality Mark is an award scheme to enable primary schools across the UK to evaluate, strengthen and celebrate their science provision. Schools can achieve bronze, silver and gold awards.


School’s take part in PSQM Assessment

  • Because it will raise the profile of science in your school
  • Because it will systematically evaluate and develop all aspects of science teaching and learning in your school
  • Because up to two members of staff will take part in a year-long CPD programme that will develop leadership skills
  • Because you will join a local hub of science subject leaders working for a PSQM award
  • Because it publicly celebrate your school's commitment to excellent primary science

International Schools Award

Intermediate Level - Awarded January 2017

Subject Leader – Mrs David


International education enriches teaching and learning. It introduces educators to new practices and perspectives, furthering their professional development and raising teaching standards. It gives young people a window into different cultures and countries, helping them develop as responsible global citizens and preparing them for life and work in a global society.


The International School Award provides a supportive and motivational framework to guide your international learning activities and helps you gain recognition for your ongoing international work. It can support schools at any stage of their international journey and can be adapted to any curriculum.


The Intermediate level of the International School Award is for schools already working on international activities. It is ideal for schools that:

  • have made links with other schools overseas and have worked on collaborative projects
  • have shared educational practice with partners overseas and are implementing changes across the school
  • are raising awareness of global issues amongst students

Music Mark

Awarded 2016/2017/2018/2019

Subject Leader – Mrs Anthony


Music Mark is a membership organisation for Music Services and/or Lead Organisations of a Music Education Hub, their teaching and support teams, their partners and their schools. The aim is to enable the delivery of high-quality musical and social outcomes for all children and young people.


Music Mark hopes to continue raising the status and value of music in a broad and balanced education through:

  • ring-fenced government funding for music education to ensure that the National Plan for Music Education can be fully implemented and achieved by 2020 alongside ensuring the place of music education beyond 2020
  • support from local authorities and other bodies to exercise their civic responsibilities and own local decision making to complement the national framework for music education
  • an unswerving commitment to supporting the professional development of the workforce, especially in the quality of teaching and learning, as well as the quality of access and provision in music education, in schools, music services and music education hubs
  • the strongest possible focus on the impacts and outcomes for children and young people, musically, personally, socially and educationally; dedication to best progress and highest achievement for all
  • clear and unequivocal support for articulating and enabling the rich and positive impacts that a high quality music education has on schools and their communities

School Games Mark

Awarded Sept 2016/Sept 2017/Sept 2018/Sept 2019/March 2020

Subject Leader – Miss Kenny


The School Games Mark is a Government led awards scheme launched in 2012 to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community. Schools in England are able to assess themselves across bronze, silver and gold levels.


The Mark is a retrospective award which will validate your success over the ongoing academic year. Therefore, it's important to familiarise yourself with the criteria documents made available in January each year.


The School Games can help your students:

  • Become more determined and demonstrate resilience
  • Understand and demonstrate the importance of respect for others
  • Learn to develop self-control and manage emotions
  • Experience being part of a team and understand their contribution to it
  • Win with pride and lose with grace
  • Learn the importance of practice and preparation
  • Learn how to set realistic goals and work towards achieving them
  • Aspire to improve and challenge themselves
  • Have fun and enjoy themselves!

Basic Skills Quality Mark (BSQM)

First Awarded - 2003/Currently on 5th Accreditation

Subject Leader – N/A


The Primary Quality Mark award was first developed in 1997, with the help of local education authorities and primary schools throughout England and Wales, to provide a framework that would promote, support and celebrate the improvement of english and mathematics in schools.


The 10 Primary Quality Mark elements are:

  • A whole school strategy and planning to improve performance in basic skills
  • An analysis of the assessment of pupil performance in basic skills
  • Target setting for the improvement of the school’s performance in basic skills
  • Basic skills improvement planning for pupils under attaining and/or underachieving
  • Regular review of the progress made by pupils under attaining and/or underachieving in basic skills
  • A commitment to improving the skills of staff to teach and extend basic skills
  • The use of a range of teaching approaches and learning styles to improve basic skills
  • The use of appropriate teaching and learning materials to improve basic skills
  • The involvement of parents and carers in developing their child’s basic skills
  • An effective procedure for monitoring planning and assessing improvement in performance in basic skills.


The Primary Quality Mark process involves the whole school community in self-review and targeted intervention. At OLOL school we feel that it is now time to focus on other awards and accreditations so we have not sought to receive this award again.