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Education and Learning

Whether you are applying for a school nursery class, primary school or secondary school, the following links will guide you on how and when to apply:

See Directory of Schools in Cumbria for contact details of all schools.

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As a parent, you may be entitled to help towards school costs.  This will be dependent on your circumstances.

Example of financial help include:

You must make sure your child gets a full-time education that meets their needs.  Find out more about:

If you have a problem or need to make a complaint about something that has happened at school, you will need to follow the school's complaint's procedure.  Every school in England must have a procedure and this should be published on the school's website.  It should tell you what kind of complaints the school will deal with, such as bullying or bad behaviour.

If you feel after following the schools procedure, your complaint has not been resolved, you will need to complain in writing to the school's governing body.

There are many websites and helplines offering advice on issues parents and children may experience at school, some of which are listed below for your convenience:

  • Ace Education - advice and information to give parents up to date knowledge of law and guidance as well as practical and tactical advice on how to work with their child's school to resolve any concerns.
  • Bullying - information and advice on what bullying is, whether in school or outside of school along with advice and support agencies to turn to.
  • Child Law Advice - specialist advice and information on child, family and education law to parents, carers and young people.
  • Citizens Advice - free, independent, confidential and impartial advice to everyone on their rights and responsibilities.
  • Family Lives - national family support charity providing help and support in all aspects of family life.


Up until the age of 18 years, all young people must be in some form of education or training.  However, after the age of 16 this does not have to be in a school.

Find out about the options available...

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