The deadline for parents to apply to get their children in primary school is fast approaching.

With a date of January 15 set for the deadline for primary school applications, we have made a list of some of the ‘best’ schools in Whitehaven in case parents have not made their preferences known yet.

Some of these schools are in neighbouring areas, Frizington, Egremont, and St Bees, because we looked at schools that were in a five-mile radius of Workington.

Although this can be an anxious time for parents, last year 92.2 per cent of families were offered their first-choice primary school and 98.1 per cent received offers from one of their top three choices.

Parents can also feel reassured that the proportion of schools which are good or outstanding is higher than it was 10 years ago – 88 per cent now compared to 68 per cent in 2010.

There are three primary schools within a five-mile radius of Whitehaven that are rated outstanding by Ofsted.

They are:

  • Mayfield School (special school) on Campus Whitehaven, Whitehaven, CA28 8UG
  • St Mary’s Catholic Primary School on High Road, Whitehaven, CA28 9PG
  • Kells Infant School on High Road, Whitehaven, CA28 9PQ

There are 22 schools within a five-mile radius of Whitehaven that are rated good, which is one grade below outstanding.

They are:

  • Orgill Primary School on Southey Avenue, Egremont, CA22 2HH
  • St Mary’s Catholic Primary School on Holden Road, Workington, CA14 5LN
  • Arlecdon Primary School on Arlecdon Road, Frizington, CA26 3XA
  • Beckstone Primary School on Eadie Street, Workington, CA14 5PX
  • St Bees Village Primary School on Main Street, St Bees, CA27 0AA
  • Frizington Community Primary School on Main Street, Frizington, CA26 3PF
  • Montreal CofE Primary School on Ennerdale Road, Cleator Moor, CA25 5LW
  • St Jospeh’s Catholic Primary School on Yeathouse Road, Frizington, CA26 3PX
  • Distington Community School on Church Road, Workington, CA14 5TE
  • St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School on Todholes Road, Cleator Moor, CA25 5DG
  • Moor Row Community School on School Street, Moor Row, CA24 3JW
  • Lowca Community School in Lowca, Whitehaven, CA28 6QS
  • Valley Primary School and Nursery on Whinlatter Road, Whitehaven, CA28 8DA
  • Moresby Primary School on School Brow, Whitehaven, CA28 8UX
  • St Bridget’s CofE School on Main Street, Whitehaven, CA28 6NY
  • Jericho Primary School on Windsor Court, Whitehaven, CA28 6UX
  • St Gregory and St Patrick’s Catholic Infant School on Esk Avenue, Whitehaven, CA28 8AJ
  • Monkwray Junior School on Monkwray Brow, Whitehaven, CA28 9DT
  • Bransty Primary School on Mona Road, Whitehaven, CA28 6EG
  • St Begh’s Catholic Primary School on Coach Road, Whitehaven, CA28 7TE
  • St James’ CofE Junior School on Wellington Row, Whitehaven, CA28 7HG
  • St James’ CofE Infant and Nursery School on High Street, Whitehaven, CA28 7PZ