The Alston Moor Federation oversees the three schools in the area:

  • Alston Primary School
  • Nenthead Primary School
  • Samuel King's Secondary School

The schools share the same Governing Body, Headteacher and other resources.  

To find out more, please visit the Federation's website at

 Alston Pre-School Playgroup:

The Alston Pre-School Playgroup is a not-for-profit LCBG small business. It holds membership with the pre-school learning alliance and supports the development and education of children.

  • Open to children from 2 to 5 years old
  • Children are eligible for 15-30 hours depending on family circumstances.  Extra sessions are available
  • Session times are Monday to Friday from 8:45 to 11:45am and from 12:45 to 3:15pm (term time only)
  • Offers a stimulating environment where children can learn independence while learning through play
  • All staff are trained and qualified to work with young children
  • All children are observed through an online learning journal (tapestry)
  • Bouncy Castle and soft-play held on Wednesday

The children learn through structured play-sessions via activities such as cutting & sticking, sand & water, paint, play-dough, construction sets, sea & wildlife animals, home-corner with play-food and dressing up, puzzles, music, craft, cooking, outings and many more.

For more information please contact Sharon Hayton or Sophie Hayton Lee, tel: 07734 929123.  Address: Alston Pre-school, Samuel Kings School, Church Road, Alston, CA9 3QU.

Alston Primary School:

Alston Primary School is a mixed gender community school for ages 4-11. It is part of the Alston Moor Federation of Schools. Alston Primary School supports the learning and development of pupils through structured lessons, and also promotes learning through organised fun activities throughout the year.

For more information please contact: Mrs Debbie Clarke, Garrigill Road, Alston, Cumbria, CA9 3UF. Tel: 01434 381213 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Nenthead Primary School:

Nenthead Primary School is part of the Alston Moor Federation of Schools along with Alston Moor Primary School. The two schools are on different sites but share the same head teacher, Mrs Debbie Clarke. The contact for Nenthead Primary School is Kate Osborne, who is Senior Teacher, and also Assistant Deputy Head of Alston Moor Federation.

For more information please contact Kate Osborne, Nenthead, Cumbria, CA9 3LS. Tel: 01434 381400 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

More information can be found on the Federation website:

Samuel King's School:

Samuel King's School is a community comprehensive situated in Alston Moor and attracts pupils from the local and surrounding areas such as Northumberland and County Durham. The School caters for the educational needs of pupils in the 11-16 age range.

For more information please contact reception at Samuel King's School, Church Road, Alston, Cumbria, CA9 3QU. Tel: 01434 381236 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.






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