Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I choose Hunter Hall School?

As we are a small primary school we believe we can nurture your child but education goes beyond the classroom.  We provide a rich, all-round education in the heart of the Cumbrian countryside.  The only preparatory primary school in the Penrith area, we pride ourselves on being able to develop and support all young people to reach their full potential.

Do you offer scholarships or bursaries?

We have a small number of bursaries available; there is a simple application process. Please contact Mrs Vinsome, Head teacher, direct to talk through our bursary scheme.

Where do pupils go when they leave Hunter Hall School?

We aim to get your child into their school of choice.  Each year a number gain scholarships into excellent Independent Schools and over 90% of our children were offered places into the much sought after local grammar schools in 2016.

What is a typical school day?

School begins at 8.30am however pupils may be dropped off from 8.15am. The school day ends at 3.15pm for Lower School and 3.30pm for Upper School, however a vast majority of pupils remain at school for the vast array of extracurricular activities or simply to complete homework/for childcare reasons. Pupils may stay until 5.30pm.

What are the class sizes?

The current average class size 14.

Do you have Open Days?

We do not have a specific Open Day but Open Weeks where families have the opportunity to visit the school at a time that is convenient to them during that particular week.  Hunter Hall has lots of fun events during the academic year.  Our Open Weeks are usually in October and March.

How do I make an appointment to visit the school?

To make an appointment please contact the school secretary, on 01768891291 or alternatively e-mail,

How do I apply for my child to join the school?

We are a non-selective school and therefore do not have a formal entrance exam.  We will invite your child to a taster day in order that we can help them to settle as quickly as possible and learn a little more about them. 

Will there be an assessment for my child before joining?

Depending on the age of the child they will complete some formal written work.  We also request past school reports.

How much does it cost to send my child to Hunter Hall School?

It costs £2,414 for Lower School (Reception - Year 2) per term and £2,797 for Upper School (Years 3-6) per term.  School fees are inclusive of after school care up to 5.30pm. Many after- school activities are also inclusive of these fees.

There is a £250 deposit payable on acceptance of place

Lunches cost £215 per term.

There is a 25% discount for your third child and means-tested bursaries may be available

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