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Our Lady of Lourdes High is a maintained, co-educational 11 - 16 school providing a Catholic education for pupils of all abilities and backgrounds. The school was established to serve the four parishes of Ballymoney, Dunloy - Cloughmills, Loughgiel and Rasharkin and now has pupils from other parishes in the North Antrim and North Derry areas. The school has a Learning Support Centre with 2 Units for pupils with Moderate Learning Difficulties and it is a designated maintained school for children with physical disabilities.

The school is committed to providing: a high quality Catholic education, with a firm emphasis on Gospel values and pastoral care; good individual and team discipline; effective leadership at all levels; high academic achievement; and an Irish cultural identity through language, sport and music. Our Lady of Lourdes School achieved formal recognition as an Investor in People in June 2004. Year 8 admissions to the school increased notably in 2004-05 and 2005-06, despite fewer children leaving the contributory primary schools. The school achieved its highest ever GCSE and Key Stage 3 examination results in August 2005.
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Special Education Needs

Special Needs Provision The streaming arrangements in the school and an emphasis on differentiated learning and teaching ensure that the pupils learn at levels in line with their needs and abilities. For pupils with Moderate Learning Difficulties, there are 2 specialist teachers and 2 specialist rooms in the MLD Resources Centre. Pupils with identified challenges in their learning are taught in smaller classes with appropriate support structures. Specific provision is made for pupils who have experienced an Irish-medium primary education.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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