Applying to join the school

The Admissions Authority for Caldew School is the Governing Body. Each year it publishes an Admissions Policy. There is also a separate Sixth Form Admissions Policy.

Our 2016-17 Admissions Policy2017-18 Admissions Policy2018-19 Admissions Policy and 2019-20 Admissions Policy can be downloaded here. Our 2016-17 Sixth Form Admissions Policy2017-18 Sixth Form Admissions Policy2018-19 Sixth Form Admissions Policy and 2019-20 Sixth Form Admissions Policy can be downloaded here.

Our Published Admissions Number for each year group is 174 students and in recent years the school has been fully subscribed for new entrants into Year 7.

Applying to join Year 7

Students in Year 6 need to apply for a place at Caldew School through the central Cumbria County Council Admissions service.  The details of how to do this are available on their website at

Applying to join the school in other year groups?

Admissions to the School will be considered during term time but are dependent on a place being available in the relevant year group. The School uses the Cumbria County Council in year school place application system. The relevant form is available from the County Council. If you would like to arrange to visit the school or discuss the admissions process please contact Sheila Taylor.


As an Academy Converter School the Governing Body is the admissions authority. If the school is unable to admit a student because the year group is full, every parent has the right to request an appeal through the Appeals Panel.

Admissions Appeals Policy.
Timetable for Appeals

The Panel is independent of the School and will listen to both sides before making a balanced judgement about whether a student should be admitted or not. If you wish to make an appeal about a decision this should be done via the Clerk to Governors, Sarah Connolly at the School.