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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

We are delighted to have opened our own nursery in September 2018 for children aged 3-4 years. We are now taking applications for September, January and April intakes and can cater for 15 hour and 30 hour provision.  We can offer school lunches and wrap around care too.

Information can be found in our nursery brochure and appointments made with the school office if you would like to come for a visit before applying. 

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 202313th January 2023
September 202324th March 2023
January 202422nd September 2023


Completed forms should be returned directly to school. You will also need to provide proof of your address and your child's date of birth. 
Children born between 1 April and 31 August can receive their funded hours from the September after they turn 3. 
Children born between 1 September and 31 December can receive their funded hours from the January after they turn 3. 
Children born between 1 January and 31 March can receive their funded hours from the April after they turn 3.