We accept names for our Nursery or Reception class from the child’s second birthday, but this does not guarantee a place.

Children can start Nursery in September, January and Easter, depending on their age and spaces within the nursery class. They start in the term that begins after they are 3 years old.

We have places for 26 pupils in the Nursery class in both the morning and afternoon session and 30 for Reception class.

Nursery admission forms can be collected from the office in the main school and returned to the school administrator. Yarlside Academy is responsible for allocating nursery places and decisions are made in accordance with the School’s Admissions Policy, a copy of which is available on our policies page. A place in Nursery does not guarantee a Reception Class place.

For Reception places you will receive a County Application Leaflet re: Starting School September Entry into the Reception Year Group. To apply for a school place you must complete the online application form or the paper equivalent (SA1 ‘Admission to Infant / Primary School’). This allows parents to state their preference of school for their child and should be completed by the deadline date (15th January). Parents will be informed of the outcome in April.

See the policies page for our schools admission policy.

There will be an induction programme for new Nursery and Reception children. They will be invited into school during the Summer Term before starting, to meet the other children in their class and to meet the teacher. There will also be a meeting for parents to give the opportunity to ask any questions.

For children starting nursery class, the class teacher and teaching assistant will make home/school visits. Children new to Yarlside Academy starting in Reception will also receive a home/school visit

Junior Applications

Each year we have two additional places available as the Year 2 class move into the juniors. Applications for these places are made through Cumbria County Council.

For mid-year admissions, please contact school.

In Year Applications

In the first instance, we recommend parents contact our school by phone at 01229 840930, to check for available spaces in the year group required.

In line with the Schools Admissions Code 2014, Yarlside Academy, on receipt of an in-year application, will notify the LA of both the application, and its outcome, to allow the LA to keep up to date figures on the availability of places in the area.  Yarlside Academy will also inform parents of their legal right to appeal against applications that have been unsuccessful.

Yarlside Academy will participate in Cumbria County Council’s in-year Fair Access Protocol.

Timetable for admissions procedures


County information packs are sent out to parents


Notification from the Local Authority of allocation of places, contact made by school


Open evening for new parents


New children spend time at Yarlside School in their new classroom.


Your child will start school.