Appleby Grammar School

Headteacher: Elaine Sargent
Numbers on roll @ September 2021: 375

Appleby Grammar School is set in a stunning rural location and is an academy with high standards and great ambition for all our students. We pride ourselves on our strong family and community ethos. Our curriculum is strong and well balanced, with plenty of choice. We are committed to developing every student’s particular strengths in an environment in which they can thrive.

Cartmel Priory CE Secondary School

Headteacher: Sarah Beestone
Numbers on roll @ September 2021: 330

Cartmel Priory Church of England School is a school of which we are all justifiably proud. It has a committed and caring staff and is strongly supported by both its local primary schools and its parents. This enables us to quickly get to know our students and helps us to provide them with a supportive and caring environment from the moment they start school.

Dallam School

Headteacher: Rachael Williams
Numbers on roll @ September 2021: 1084

Dallam School is a co-educational, state boarding school located on the edge of the stunning Lake District World Heritage Site.  The landscape reflects the personality of our school – a historic, safe and beautiful location with countless opportunities for learning, adventure and fun.  We pride ourselves on being one of only a few state boarding schools in the UK.  Our mix of students come from 50+ schools in the north of England plus international students; this gives Dallam School a unique international and inclusive culture where our students can build friendships across the region and the world.

John Ruskin School

Headteacher: Peter Blackburn
Numbers on roll @ September 2021: 236

John Ruskin School is a fully comprehensive mixed 11 – 16 community school situated in beautiful surroundings. We provide education at the heart of the Lake District for the communities of Coniston, Hawkshead, Langdale and Broughton.

Kirkbie Kendal School

Headteacher: Mark Harris
Numbers on roll @ September 2021: 1056

Kirkbie Kendal School is a popular 11-18 mixed, non-denominational comprehensive school. We are fully committed to our core values of care, courtesy and consideration. We have a purposeful and friendly learning environment with high quality teaching. This enables us to meet our principal goals for students to be well-rounded young people with excellent examination results, and the skills to achieve and continue to thrive in their futures beyond school.

Kirkby Stephen Grammar School

Headteacher: Gary Hartley
Numbers on roll @ September 2020: 345

Kirkby Stephen Grammar School is a unique school, with a positive ethos and a happy and purposeful atmosphere. Our ambition is quite simply to help every child in our care to achieve success whatever his or her individual abilities and talents might be.

The Lakes School

Headteacher: Andy Cunningham
Numbers on roll @ September 2021: 464

The Lakes School is an 11-18 mixed comprehensive community school. We are situated in a corner of the UK which is unparalleled for its beauty, cultural opportunities and quality of life. The campus itself is set in close proximity to Lake Windermere and is surrounded by the Cumbrian fells.

Queen Elizabeth School

Executive Headteacher: Cathy O’Neill
Numbers on roll @ September 2021: 1187

Queen Elizabeth School has a fine tradition of “scholarship and care” dating back over 400 years, with its present popularity founded upon a broad and imaginative curriculum geared to individuals, excellent results, impressive standards of care and a reputation for a friendly, relaxed yet purposeful atmosphere.

University of Cumbria


Formed in 2007, the University of Cumbria has a 150-year history through its legacy institutions. With a strong academic reputation in education, healthcare and visual and performing arts, the university has also introduced a suite of science programmes, supported by a £1.5m investment.

Friendly and compact campus communities foster supportive learning environments and award-winning student support generates student satisfaction. The university prides itself on its career-focused degrees – six months after graduating, 97% of students find employment or continue to further studies.

Settlebeck School

Headteacher: Sarah Campbell
Numbers on roll @ September 2021: 197

Settlebeck School is a very small fully comprehensive 11-16 mixed school, in Sedbergh, serving a wide rural area from Hawes in the Yorkshire Dales, to the town of Kendal and many villages and hamlets in between. We are a thriving community that promotes the highest levels of academic and personal achievement for our students.

Kendal College

Principal: Kelvin Nash

Kendal College is a further education college situated in Kendal on the edge of the Lake District National Park and is the leading training provider in the South Lakes. The College specialises in Further and Higher Education, as well as training for businesses at all levels, including apprenticeships and NVQ training, sales, marketing, management, finance and business training.

Queen Elizabeth Studio School

Executive Headteacher: Cathy O’Neill
Numbers on roll @ September 2021: 368

QEStudio is a 14-19 school offering a range of technical pathways based on whole day learning models. All of our specialisms are designed to meet the future needs of our local communities and are delivered in collaboration with local employers and professionals. We have a new state of the art building offering a professional learning environment on the Lunesdale Learning Trust site in Kirkby Lonsdale. Alongside their specialisms students study a range of GCSEs and A levels and develop their employability schools through project based learning.

We are determined to “ Do School Differently”

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