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 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 the School Office.


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.

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.

There is a strong culture of safeguarding in place, with clear systems to record any concerns. Leaders keep safeguarding relevant to all members of the school community through regular updates, training, alerts and reminders.

Ofsted 2022

Pupils including students in the sixth form, are proud to attend Caldew School. They feel well supported, happy and safe in this welcoming community. There are high level of trust and respect between pupils, students and staff.

Ofsted 2022

Leaders have created a welcoming and supportive environment at this school. Pupils and students achieve well in their learning. They are well prepared for their next steps in education, employment and training.

Ofsted 2022

Staff have high expectations for pupils’ and students’ behaviour and learning. Pupils and students behave well in lessons and around the school site. They are polite to each other and look out for others in the school.

Ofsted 2022

Leaders provide effective careers guidance to pupils from Year 7 through to Year 13. Clear guidance, including preparation for interviews and ‘Work Ready Days’, helps pupils and students to make considered choices for their next steps.

Ofsted 2022