Culgaith CofE

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Carlisle Diocese Board of Education previously held a consultation regarding the removal of faith criteria from admission policies in Church of England schools. As a result, they have recommended that faith criteria be removed from its admissions arrangements for schools.


This does not in any way diminish church school distinctiveness, vision, values and ethos. Indeed, the Carlisle Board of Education and Governors and School leaders considers this approach to be in line with the Church of England’s Vision for Education. Culgaith CE School remains ‘deeply Christian serving the common good’ whilst recognising that we are there for the ‘flourishing of all’ and are therefore called to be an inclusive place of education.


Time must be given to parents, staff, and the community to consider any issues raised in the consultation before a final draft of the admissions arrangements are submitted to the Board of Education and then published.

The governors of Culgaith CE School would like to offer the attached 2023-2024 Admissions Policy for consultation, which has been discussed at a Full Governors Meeting on 14th June 2021.

In recent years, we have not had oversubscribed admissions into Reception and every parent who had Culgaith CE School as their first choice setting for their child’s education has been successful.

If you have any thoughts you would like to share, please feel free to email and we can arrange a conversation with you during the consultation period. Additionally, this can be discussed at the ‘Meet the Head Teacher’ meeting on Tuesday 14th September 2021 at 6:00pm.

The consultation period is from Friday 10th September to Monday 1st November 2021.

You can see the 2023-2024 Admissions Policy which is out for consultation in the policies section of the website. 


Our current admissions arrangement are: 

The Governors of Culgaith C of E School are the Admissions Authority for the school. Following consultation with the Diocesan Board of Education and the Local Authority the Governors have set the admission number for access to the reception class as 8. This is the maximum number of children who will be admitted to the Reception intake group.

The parental pack contains information and a Common Application Form (SA1) for admission to our school. It is also possible for an application to be made on the Cumbria County Council website

( This is the preferred option but if you wish your application to be considered under the faith criteria you should also please complete the supplementary form and hand it to School.


Applications which are late for genuine reasons, for example moving house, will not be  disadvantaged. The Local Authority is responsible for ensuring that decisions in this respect are consistent. Parents are encouraged to state three preferences on the application form. The Governors consider all preferences equally so the order of your preferences will not be used in considering your application (it will only be used if a place is available for your child at one or more school.) Places at this school are allocated according to this Admissions policy and the Local Authority’s Coordinated Admissions Scheme. Parents will be advised of their child’s allocated school place by the Local Authority. Parents of children not offered a place will be informed of the reason and offered an alternative school by the Local Authority.

You can see our Admissions policies here