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:

For HCAT Trust Admission Arrangements please click on the link below:

Other useful information

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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 a child has been refused a place at any school named on their application form or transfer form, parents have the right to refer their case to an independent appeal panel for consideration.

If parents do not wish to accept the school place they have been offered they should contact the Admissions Team within 10 working days to let them know their intentions.  Parents may appeal against the decision to refuse a place through the school appeals process.  The local authority will provide all relevant information regarding this process, their contact details are 01226 773670, or

Admissions will write to you to let you know the appeal date 14 days before it takes place. They will send you documentation summarising the reasons for refusing the admission at least seven days before the appeal.

You’ll be responsible for presenting your case, for deciding what you’d like to say at the appeal hearing and what written documentation you want the panel to consider. You should submit all written documentation to the Admissions Team at least seven days before the appeal.


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.

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