Archdiocese of Southwark
Our Lady of Victories RC Primary School
1 Clarendon Drive
Putney SW15 1AW
Fax. : 020-8785-0450
Mrs D McDonald BA (Hons)
Chair of Governors
Mr P F Delahunty
Canon R Quinlan
Our Lady of Pity and St Simon Stock
Our Lady of Victories is a Roman Catholic Voluntary Aided Primary School in the
Archdiocese of Southwark serving the Parish of Our Lady of Pity and St Simon Stock
in the London Borough of Wandsworth.
It was founded by Mr Simon Harworth in 1923 and given in charge to the Religious
Institute of the Poor Servants of the Mother of God. The Sisters handed the school
over to the Diocese in 1978.
In the academic year 1997/98 the school was temporarily relocated to Southfields
while major building work was carried out. The work provided new classrooms, new
toilet blocks, a library, Special Needs room, medical room, kitchen and large hall.
An ecumenical nursery, situated at All Saints School Putney Common, was opened in
2000 to serve local Catholic and Anglican families. In the academic year 2003/04 a
nursery class was opened at St Mary’s C of E School in Felsham Road. This also
provides some places for Catholic families.
The Governing Body
Chair of Governors Mr P F Delahunty
Vice Chair Mrs M Bennett
Foundation Governors Rev. Canon R Quinlan
Mr P F Delahunty
Mrs M Bennett
Mrs B Byrne
Mr G Sheridan
Mrs S Cawley
LEA Governor Mrs C Ivamy
Headteacher Mrs D McDonald
Elected Governors Mrs R Mutter (Teacher)
Mrs S Gillen (Parent)
Clerk to the Governors Mrs S Lorenzo
The Staff of Our Lady of Victories
The Teaching Staff
Mrs D McDonald Headteacher
Mrs J Hampton (ICT, Assessment) Senior Teacher
Miss S Ridley (Art,RE) Senior Teacher
Mrs C Copeland
Mrs A Fryer (PE, History)
Mrs H Soulsby (Science, D&T)
Miss E Montenero
Miss J Cooke
Miss A Shepherd
Mrs R Melvin (part time music)
Mrs R Mutter (part time special needs)
Mrs A Allison (part time PHSE)
Mrs F Noakes (part time French)
Miss B Grant (part time violin)
Mrs J Shoubber Nursery Nurse
Mrs C Krawczyk Higher Level Teaching Assistant
Mrs C Ulmer Higher Level Teaching Assistant
Mrs S Lorenzo Classroom Assistant
Mrs A Wong Classroom Assistant
Ms F Fitzpatrick Classroom Assistant
Mrs M Wentzel School Administrative Officer
Mrs C Krawczyk Senior Midday Supervisor
Mr J Hattersley Midday Supervisor
Mrs A Wong Midday Supervisor
Mrs U Bannock Midday Supervisor
Mr J Hattersley Premises Assistant
Mrs K Ward Premises Staff
Mr J Delahunty Premises Staff
Miss D Brampton
Mrs C Delahunty
Mrs M Ryall
Choosing a school for your child
When choosing a school, or number of schools, for your child, there are two main
considerations to take into account. Naturally you will want to choose a school where
you believe your child will be happy and will be enabled to fulfill his or her potential.
Parents must balance alongside that the need to make a realistic assessment of the
ability of their chosen school, or schools, to offer them a place. Many schools receive
more applications than there are places available. Over the last few years Our Lady of
Victories has been heavily oversubscribed. In such circumstances schools must, by
law, apply their published order of priorities scrupulously. Understanding these
admission priorities – or ‘criteria’ – is therefore vital and we are keen to provide
prospective parents with the right tools to do this. What we cannot do is predict the
result in any individual case as each year presents a different mix of candidates.
In addition to the criteria themselves and other information, set out here, we hold a
series of open mornings during the autumn term, at which the admissions
arrangements are explained. All prospective parents are strongly advised to attend one
of these events (details available from the school office - 020 8788 7957).
Wandsworth Local Education Authority also publishes very useful information on
overall primary school provision in the borough including a key guide called Starting
school in Wandsworth
The Local Authority operates a coordinated admission scheme along with other
London Boroughs. Applicants for a place at Our Lady of Victories School need to
complete the Common Application Form, which has to be returned to Pupil Services
at the Town Hall, as well as the school’s own Supplementary and Religious Enquiry
Form, which has to be returned directly to the school.
A map showing details of the Parish boundary for Our Lady of Pity and St Simon’s
Church is displayed in the church porch. Details are also available from the school
Reception, Years 1 and 2 8.50am-12noon
Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 8.50am-12.10pm
Children are asked not to arrive before 8.40am. We cannot accept responsibility for
their safety before this time. Similarly, the school’s responsibility for the children
ends when they are returned to your care, or ten minutes after the end of the afternoon
session, unless they are staying for an extra activity organised by school.
We think it is important to establish and maintain punctual habits in the children. You
must ensure that your child arrives at school at the correct time. Persistent lateness
wastes valuable learning time that is difficult to make up. Children who arrive late
often find it difficult to settle and also disrupt the work of the teacher and the other
For security reasons, the ground floor doors are locked at 9.00am. Anyone arriving
after that time must enter via the front door, and report to the school office.
All absences are recorded and every absence, no matter how short, must be covered
by a written explanation from a parent or guardian to the class teacher. Frequent,
regular or other worrying absences are investigated first by the Headteacher and then
by the Education Welfare Officer attached to the school. It is a parent’s legal
responsibility to ensure that a child attends school unless prevented by illness or an
authorised absence. The Headteacher is the only person who can authorise an absence.
The importance of regular attendance cannot be stressed enough. Parents are
asked not to arrange holidays during term time.
Absence returns 2008/09
Number of pupils of compulsory school age on the roll for at least one
Percentage of half days missed through authorised absence………………..3.3%
Percentage of half days missed through unauthorised absence……………..0.0%
Road Safety and Parking
The area around the school has virtually no parking for parents. Traffic wardens patrol
the area conscientiously and parents have often received parking tickets. Parking is
never permitted on the zig-zag lines outside school, or on the double yellow lines.
Wherever possible we ask parents to encourage their child to walk to school. If you do
need to drive please park safely and considerately.
The Governors of Our Lady of Victories aim to provide a curriculum which is broad
and balanced; in which the spiritual, moral, cultural and academic development of
each individual is promoted according to the Gospel message, Love God, Love One
Another; in which special gifts and talents are nurtured and special needs are met; in
which effort and personal success are encouraged and recognised.
In order to achieve these aims the Governors have as objectives: to recruit and retain
skilled staff, committed to the aims of the Governing Body; to provide the best
possible material resources; to promote a genuine partnership between the home, the
Parish and the school.
Where parents are dissatisfied with the curriculum arrangements made for their child
and they have been unable to resolve their complaint by informal discussion with the
teachers and the Headteacher they may take their complaint further. Details of the
complaints procedure are available from the school or from the local education
The school has approximately 190 children on roll, organised into seven classes
according to the age of the child. We enjoy a good level of teacher and helper support
in each class, which allows for a mix of whole class, group and individual teaching.
All schools follow the National Curriculum (NC) which is made up of:
Information and Communication Technology
In addition all schools have a programme of Religious Education.
The children also study PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) and French as
part of the curriculum.
The National Curriculum identifies different stages of learning:
Foundation Stage from the age of 3 until the end of Reception class
Key Stage 1 for ages 5-7 (Year 1, Year 2)
Key Stage 2 for ages 7-11 (Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6)
Key Stage 3 for ages 11-14
Key Stage 4 for ages 14 upwards
Should a child experience difficulties of one sort or another, there are several ways in
which we can support him/her. In the first instance class teachers consult with each
other, with the Special Needs Co-ordinator and with the Headteacher in order to plan
some intervention strategies. We are also able to seek the advice of outside experts
such as Educational Psychologists, Speech Therapists, Occupational Therapists, and
Literacy Support Services. Children whose progress is causing concern are quickly
identified. The staff will draw up an Individual Education Plan (IEP) for the child,
which clearly identifies targets and strategies. This plan, which is shared with parents,
is monitored and staff will use it as a basis for deciding what further support, if any, is
The Special Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) withdraws children from class for extra
support, and works with groups of 3 or 4 children at a time.
Our procedures are governed by the national Code of Practice, details of which are
available in school. Parents are kept fully informed at all times, and their involvement
is actively sought and encouraged.
We also recognise the needs of those children who are exceptionally able, and aim to
ensure that their talents are suitably challenged.
Assessment Tests and Records
Children are assessed regularly in all curriculum subjects. Profiles and records are
kept for all children, in order to monitor academic progress and personal
development, and to enable classroom planning to meet children’s needs. Information
in the records and profiles may be discussed with the class teacher or Headteacher.
At the end of each Key Stage, children are assessed against national standards. For
pupils in Year 2, this takes the form of teacher assessment, whilst in Year 6 the pupils
sit national tests in English and Maths (SATs).
Information on Children’s Progress
Open evenings are held termly, when parents are invited to the school to discuss their
child’s progress with the class teacher. A written termly progress report is given,
together with targets for the child to work towards during the following term.
Teachers are happy to see parents at other times but this usually has to be done before
or after school, when the teacher is free from classroom duties. Please contact the
teacher first to make sure that she/he will be available, as there are often clubs,
matches, meetings or other activities immediately before or after school.
The Governors recognise that it is the privilege of parents and the responsibility of the
family to inform and educate their children in all matters pertaining to sexual
development. The role of the school is to provide the biological facts, in accordance
with the demands of the curriculum. Importantly, it also provides a context in which
respectful, loving relationships are fostered between staff and children so that
children’s attitudes and values are informed by the total experience of life in school.
From early on in the Reception class, and throughout the school, reading books are
shared between home and school. The children have a reading diary in which both the
teacher and parent may comment. From Year 1 onwards, a more formal homework
programme is developed. Homework is set on a regular basis. Parental support is seen
as most important, and children should be encouraged to develop a proper routine for
doing work at home, and take responsibility for handing it in on the right day for
The children are offered a wide range of extra-curricular activities. This provision will
vary according to the expertise of the staff willing to undertake this voluntary work.
At the moment we are able to offer lunchtime or after-school clubs for chess, netball,
music, dance, ICT, cricket and football.
The school is affiliated to the Putney Primary Schools Sports Association and fields
teams for Football, Tag Rugby, Netball, Swimming, Rounders, Cross Country,
Athletics, Kwik Cricket and Chess.
The school regularly supports the following charities:
The Catholic Children’s Society
The Alexandra Rose Day Appeal
The Poppy Day Appeal
The children also undertake fund raising events for charities of their own choice.
Friends of OLV (FOLV)
Membership of the School Association is open to all parents, teachers and friends of
the school. Officers of the Committee are elected at the Annual General Meeting in
the Autumn and a programme of social and fund raising events is produced for the
year. The Association provides many extras that the school would not otherwise be
able to afford.
In a Voluntary Aided school a proportion of the cost of certain repairs is payable by
the Governors. We ask £30 per family per year to assist with these payments. This
collection is made in the Spring Term.
Pupils are expected to wear correct school uniform. All clothing must be clearly
marked with the pupil’s name. It is very helpful if your child’s coat has a strong loop
to hook over the coat peg.
The sweatshirts, PE tee-shirts and shorts, caps, ties and blazer badges may be
purchased from school. Other items may be bought at any reputable chain store.
Grey trousers, white shirt, school tie, navy pullover or school sweatshirt, grey socks,
black or brown shoes, dark coat, anorak or navy blazer.
Navy shorts, white tee-shirt, plimsolls (slip on for younger children) or trainers, PE
Navy blue skirt or gymslip, white shirt, school tie, navy blue cardigan or school
sweatshirt, white socks, black or brown shoes, dark coat, anorak or navy blazer.
Blue and white striped dress.
Navy shorts, white tee-shirt, plimsolls (slip on for younger children) or trainers, PE
The following are not considered suitable for wearing in school, and so are not
Coloured or fashion shoes and boots.
If your child has pierced ears, then he/she may wear stud earrings only.
Children may have a cooked school lunch or bring a packed lunch from home.
Dinner money is payable in advance, either weekly or half termly.
All meals are cooked on the premises, from fresh produce, and the majority of our
children have school lunches.
If you are in receipt of benefits, you may be eligible for free school meals for your
child. Please contact the school office for more information.
We will invite parents to contribute on a voluntary basis to the cost of certain
activities such as theatre visits, field trips, visits to museums and the transport costs
involved. No child would be excluded from such activities, or otherwise penalised if
his/her parents decline to contribute. However our ability to provide such extras will
clearly depend on the adequacy of the voluntary contributions received.