How To Apply

Applications for a Nursery Place

All children are eligible for up to 15 hours a week of free nursery provision from the term after their 3rd birthday.

Children born between 1 April 2014 and 31 August 2014 can receive their free 15 hours a week from September 2017.

Children born between 1 September 2014 and 31 December 2014 can receive their free 15 hours a week from January 2018.

Children born between 1 January 2015 and 31 March 2015 can receive their free 15 hours a week from April 2018.


The school also offers additional nursery education beyond the free entitlement of 15 hours per week during term time only. A nursery Lunch Club runs from 11.50am to 12.20pm. Children remain in their classrooms with familiar staff during Lunch Club where they would eat their packed lunch or school dinner. Afternoon nursery sessions run from 12.20pm to 3.20pm. Children continue their education in their class with qualified Early Years teachers and support staff, providing continuity from their morning session.

The fees for the Lunch Club are £2.00 per session and children can bring a packed lunch or parents can order a hot school dinner cooked on the premises for an additional £1.75. The fee for the afternoon nursery session is £12.00 per session.

The government are currently proposing to fund 30 hours of nursery education for families who meet a given criteria. We will let families know about this when a decision has been made.

Please contact the School Office if you wish to visit our nursery, have any questions and/or wish to apply for a place at our nursery for your child.

You will need to complete Form SA13 bring it to the School Office together with your child’s birth certificate and proof of address.

Download our Nursery Application Form below:

Applications for a Reception Place

If you live in Cumbria and your child was born between 1st September 2013 and 31st August 2014, they will be due to start school in Reception year group in September 2018.

Castle Park School is currently the only School in the Kendal Primary Multi Academy Trust. The Trust is the Admissions Authority and acts as part of the coordinated admissions scheme within the Local Authority (i.e. Cumbria County Council). Applications for a place at Castle Park School should be made on the Reception Application Form SA1 or online by the closing date of 15 January 2018.

The online form and a downloadable copy of Form SA1 can be found at the Cumbria County Council website You can also access the booklet Starting School in Cumbria which gives full details of the application process via this weblink. A paper copy of the Reception Application Form SA1 can also be obtained from the School Office.


Castle Park School’s Pupil Admission Number (PAN) is 45. This is the number of children that will be admitted on entry into the School into the Reception classes in September 2018.

The School’s Reception Admissions Policy for children starting school in September 2018 is published below. This document sets out the School’s arrangements for considering applications for a place at Castle Park School and the criteria for selecting pupils if the school is oversubscribed.

Download our Reception Admissions Policy

Please note that it is vital to get your application in on time. There is less chance of getting a place at your preferred school if your application is late.

Please contact the School Office if you would like to arrange a visit to the School or if you have any queries about how to apply for a place in Reception.

Applications for a place in year

If you wish to move your child to a new school during the school year due to a house move or any other reason please contact the School office directly to arrange a visit and a discussion with either the Headteacher or Deputy Headteacher.


The School Office will ask for your child’s name, date of birth and whether or not they have any Special Educational Needs – not that this will have any impact on the consideration of your application – in order to ascertain whether there are sufficient places in the relevant year. You will also be asked where your child is currently a pupil and if there are any reasons for the change of school.

If there are sufficient places you will be asked to complete some paperwork and to bring in your child’s birth certificate and proof of address and an admission date will be agreed between yourself and the School.

Further details of the procedures for moving school in year can be found on the Cumbria County Council website