Pupils gain admission to James Rennie School through a directed place from Cumbria Local Authority. Places are offered to pupils from across the North of Cumbria on the basis that they have either Severe or Profound Learning Needs, many pupils have additional physical, medical or sensory needs. Pupils will normally have an Education Health and Care Plan and will have their learning needs assessed by an Educational Psychologist as being either severe or profound. James Rennie School will through the Education Health Care Plan review process be named as your child's School.

We can accept pupils at any age between 3 and 19, and are not bound by the Key Stage transfers such as at the end of Primary Schooling (age 11), but this will be bound by the number of places we have available in a particular Key Stage.

Families should be aware that we are limited by our size and because of this we cannot guarantee a place automatically for your child even if they meet our criteria for entry, if this is the case you can appeal to the Local Authority through the Educational Health Care Plan appeals process found on Cumbria  


The first port of call if you would like your child to come to James Rennie School is to contact the Local Authority through the Local Offer by clicking here or by getting in contact with us for an informal conversation and visit, you can find our details by clicking here.

You can read our admissions policy by clicking here.

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