Mapplewell Primary School is a very popular primary school. Throughout the school year we can arrange tours of the school that give prospective parents/carers and children a valuable insight into our school, how we work and our facilities. These visits are by appointment only and to find out more information and/or make an appointment then please contact the school office on 01226 381273.

The formal admission process in obtaining a place at Mapplewell, for both part time and full time places, is undertaken by Barnsley Authority.

Admissions to Nursery

Children can be admitted to Nursery (part time – half day) at the beginning of the term following their third birthday providing that there is a place available. Please note, children can attend either the five morning sessions per week or the five afternoon sessions per week. Children are admitted purely by age. To be considered for a place at Mapplewell Primary nursery you will need to complete the local authority’s application form after your child reaches the age of two.

Please click here to access the application form. If you would like a paper copy or need any help or advice in completing the form please contact the school office on 01226 381273.

Admissions to Mapplewell Primary School

Under rules issued by the Government, parents have the right to apply for a place at any school in Barnsley or the surrounding district regardless of their address. It is necessary to apply during the Autumn Term for children of statutory school age who will be eligible for primary school starting the following September.

Further information on the school’s admissions policy and procedure for applying for a school place can be found online at:


The oversubscription criteria is applied when the number of applications exceed the admission number for the school.

Children who have a statement of special educational needs or Education Health and Care Plan which names the school are required to be admitted for community and voluntary controlled schools in Barnsley priority will be given in the following order:

  • Looked after children and previously looked after children
  • Children who will have brothers or sisters in school at the time of admission
  • Children living nearest to school (distance measured in a straight line)


If your child has been refused a place at Mapplewell Primary or another school named on your application form or transfer form, you have the right to refer your case to an independent appeal panel for consideration. Click the link below for further details.

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Please note that admission to Mapplewell Primary School Nursery does not give the child preferential treatment or an automatic place in our school.