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If you would like your child to attend our school, please see full details of our admission arrangements below. 


Although St James' C of E Infant and Nursery School has a designated catchment area, we do have a large number of children who attend from a variety of areas both in Whitehaven and the surrounding areas.  Please contact us to see if we have available places at the moment.


Our catchment area covers much of the town centre up to The Loop Road South and Corkickle, The Highlands, Red Lonning.


However, in the past we have had pupils from as far afield as Frizington, Egremont and Distington.  Our pupils come from a variety of Nurseries too, as well as our own in school nursery. So if you are considering applying for a place with us, please contact us as we may still have available places.


Applying for a place for your child couldn't be easier.  All admissions must now be arranged through the Cumbria County Council School Admissions Team.  You can either contact us at St James' C of E Infant and Nursery School directly for advice or go to the County Council School Admissions Website.The website has links to the admissions criteria and information for starting Infant School or transferring mid year from another school.


Click here to go to Cumbria County Council School Admissions webpage.


Our Published Admissions Number is 45 pupils to start in Reception each year.  We follow the Cumbria County Council General Admissions Policy.

Admissions to our Nursery


If you would like to apply for a place in our Nursery, please complete the 2 forms below and send directly to us. 

Children can join our Nursery from the term after their 3rd birthday.  We therefore have 3 admissions to nursery; September, January and April.


The closing dates for applications are detailed below


Entry DateClosing Date for Applications
April 202214th January 2022
September 202225th March 2022
January 202323rd September 2022