The Whitehaven Academy (TWA) is an 11-18 mixed Academy. The main principle of admission to TWA is to provide a welcoming, safe and supportive learning environment that meets the needs of young persons within the 11-18 age range, who live in Whitehaven and the surrounding area.

We will endeavour to provide places for students who wish to attend TWA provided they can be accommodated within the scope of the admissions policy (see below).

Year 7 admissions September 2024

The deadline for applications for Year 7 admissions for September 2024 closes on 31 October 2023. If you need to speak to anyone about an application please contact the Admissions Team at Cumberland Council on 01228 221582 or by email at

On 1 March 2024 Cumberland Council will send you an email (if you applied online) or post a letter to the address you have given them (if you have applied on a paper form). The email or letter will tell you whether your child has been allocated a place at The Whitehaven Academy. If you have been unsuccessful, Cumberland Council will also explain what you must do next. Should you wish to pursue a school place via the appeals process, you must contact the Academy for a ‘Notice of Appeal Form’.

Timetable for appeals for admission to Year 7 in September 2024

1 March 2024

Parents and carers will be notified of their child’s allocated school.

March 2024

Parents and carers should notify the school of their intention to appeal, and request a Notice of Appeal form. The completed Notice of Appeal form should be submitted to the Clerk to the Independent Admission Appeals Panel, The Whitehaven Academy, Cleator Moor Road, Whitehaven. CA28 8TY

29 March 2024

Deadline for lodging appeals with the school.

18 April 2024

Deadline for the Admission Authority to provide the Clerk with a statement giving reasons for the decision to refuse admission.

16 April 2024

Deadline for appellants to submit further evidence not included with initial appeal.

Tuesday 30 April & Wednesday 1st May 2024

Appeal hearings.

Thursday 9 May 2024

 Appellants to receive notification of the Panel’s decision.


TWA participates in the Local Authority co-ordinated scheme.