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Frequently Asked Questions

We know any parent looking for a new school for their child will have numerous questions. We welcome you to visit to find out more, but we hope this answers a few of your queries.

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.

Do you have Open Days?

We generally have an Open Day in October and one in March.   However, we want our school to be accessible as possible and welcome you to visit any time.  We feel parents get a real sense of what the school is like on a normal day, so therefore welcome you to get in touch to book an appointment at your convenience to come and meet us.

Where do pupils go when they leave Hunter Hall?

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 are offered places into the much sought after local grammar school.

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 3.00pm for Lower School and 3.15pm for Upper School, however the 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.

Do you offer a Bus Service

We run a morning minibus service on the A66 corridor with pick up points at Keswick, Threlkeld, Penruddock and Stainton. 

The cost per term is currently £300 payable in arrears (A 25% third child discount is applicable) 

We will review charges annually. 

The current school policy is for pupils to commit to a full term’s use of the service and parents should advise the School before the end of the preceding term if they do not wish to take up a place during the following term.

A full term’s notice is required if you wish to give up your child’s place on the bus. 

If you’re interested in using this service, please fill out the form below and we’ll be in touch:

 

Safety information: 

  • It is imperative that parents ensure that their children are aware that they must have their seatbelt securely fastened at all times. 
  • If you are parking at the opposite side of the road from the bus, children MUST NOT cross the road by themselves. They MUST be accompanied by an adult. 

Other information: 

  • Snow / bad weather: If bad weather is an issue and school was cancelled, we would notify you by text in the usual way. 
  • If there are any issues with the minibus the driver would contact you. 
  • If you need have any issues such as your child will not be at school, we would ask you to contact the school in the usual way and also contact the minibus driver (A separate minibus mobile number will be provided) 

 

What are the class sizes?

The current average class size 14.

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.  Find out more here

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.  You can find out more here.

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

It costs £2,764 for Lower School (Reception – Year 2) per term and £3,203 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 £222 per term.

There is a 25% discount for your third child and means-tested bursaries may be available.  Find out more in the Fees section of our website.  

 

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, office@hunterhall.cumbria.sch.uk.

What do the children eat for lunch?

Ensuring our children are eating a healthy and balanced diet is very important at Hunter Hall. The catering team and teaching staff ensure that every child’s dietary requirements are met and that children are eating well at lunchtime.

All children are expected to have school lunches and we encourage you to inform us of any special requirements for your child.

Download the term’s lunch menus below

Summer Term 2021 Menu

What is your Uniform?

We pride ourselves at Hunter Hall on the presentation of our pupils and wish to ensure that all children are equipped with the appropriate uniform, therefore we operate our own uniform shop. We also offer a range of high quality second-hand uniform as well as new items.

The shop is on site and is open every Monday morning from 8.30am to 9.00am

Lower School Uniform list

Upper School Boys – Uniform list

Upper School Girls – Uniform list