Apply for a reception place in September 2021


The closing date for applications is 15 January 2021.

If you live in Cumbria and your child was born between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2017, they will be due to start school in Reception year group in September 2021.  You must apply to Cumbria County Council for a place.

Before you apply for a school place, please read through the Starting School in Cumbria 2021 (PDF 7.6MB) booklet.  If you need a printed copy of the booklet, please contact the School Admissions and Appeals Team:

Email:  school.admissions@cumbria.gov.uk

Copies are also available in all infant and primary schools and public libraries in Cumbria.  Page 10 of the booklet explains what happens to applications that are received after the closing date of 15 January 2021.

To apply for a Reception place for your child in September 2021, you can:

School Admissions and Appeals
Children and Families Services
Cumbria County Council
Parkhouse Building
Kingmoor Business Park
Carlisle
CA6 4SJ

The closing date for applications is 15 January 2021.

If you live outside Cumbria, you need to apply through your own Local Authority, even if you want to apply for a place in a Cumbrian school.  You must confirm that you have read the booklet and provided accurate information before submitting your application.
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