Scotby (brief history of the village)

Scotby was settled by the Scots in the 13th century. The Quakers were strong here and built, in 1718, a meeting house by the junction with the Wetheral road. It closed in 1913. It then served as a store, joiner’s workshop, and housing and office for sheltered accommodation. The Quaker Sutton family in the village set up a tannery (burned down in 1933) by the Carlisle and Newcastle rail station. Grain farming took place in the area. The village now serves as a bedroom community for the town of Carlisle.

In the village are a primary school, post office/shop, bed and breakfast, and the Royal Oak pub. All Saints church sits on the top of a low hill by the village green. It dates from 1854 and is by Salvin. The church has a south tower, nave, and chancel. The east window is by William Morris & Co.

Scotby Preschool History

Scotby Pre-School is run by a management committee. It opened in 1976 and operates from the village hall of Scotby, in Cumbria. The provision consists of a main hall, an outdoor paved area, a small hall for occasional use, a cloak area and toilet areas. The group serves children from the local area. 

A maximum of 26 children may attend the setting at any one time and 32 children are currently enrolled split over the full weekly sessions. The setting is registered on the Early Years Register. There are children attending with special educational needs and/or disabilities. The setting is open on Monday & Wed from 9am to 12am and Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9am to 3pm, during term time. 

The setting employs eight childcare staff. Seven members of staff, including the manager, hold appropriate early years qualifications.  The setting is a member of the Pre-school Learning Alliance.