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Hunter Hall School 

Hunter Hall School was officially launched in January 1985 at a public meeting in Penrith addressed by Viscount Whitelaw. The site retains the character of the original farm, though extensive modernisation of the facilities has produced a unique working environment: you will not find another school anything like Hunter Hall! 

It is a primary aim of the school to instil in our pupils fundamental values that will provide a strong foundation for the rest of their lives. These include developing respect for others, the ability to make good choices, willingness to listen and an appreciation that all have a contribution to make. Inclusiveness and cultural sensitivity underpin classroom activity and we encourage children to have a sense of social justice and fair-play. 

Our independence allows us to be imaginative in what the pupils learn, and also in how and where they learn it. Whilst we promote spontaneity, reflection and review are also encouraged. The children are encouraged to use a range of skills and techniques in order to support and develop their thinking. Teachers, too, are imaginative in their methods and overall approach to the learning process, using a wide variety of tools and methods, capitalising upon the unique features of the school’s location and natural environment.

The atmosphere that we attempt to generate is that of high challenge and low stress. We ensure that the children learn and develop in a safe and stimulating environment, working towards targets that will extend them in all areas and stretch their minds and expectations. Pupils have many opportunities for friendly competition. Ultimately we want the children to see education as their own responsibility – and as a lifelong adventure, on which they are taking their first steps.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Mrs Donna Vinsome
Contact Position
01768 891291 
01768 899161 
Hunter Hall School

Where to go

Hunter Hall School and Nutkins Nursery
Frenchfield Bungalow
CA11 8UA

Local Offer


We aim to identify children with special educational needs at an early stage. It is our policy to provide assistance and support within the normal classroom wherever possible, though there may be times when small group withdrawal may be more productive and helpful. 

Contact Name
Gill Slessor (SENCo)
Contact Telephone
01768 891291
Contact Email
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Local Offer Age Bands
Primary (5-10 years)
Early Years (0-4 years)
Last updated: 03/10/2019
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