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Reception class September 2020 - update 8.6.2020


We now have details of children starting with us in Reception class in September 2020. Planning is ongoing in regard to transition for your child and will be in touch as soon as possible. 

If you are accepting the school place for your child please email



If you would like your child to attend our school, please see full details of our admission arrangements below. 



Children’s names may be placed on the nursery class waiting list after their second birthday, they will be offered a morning or afternoon session.

Children are admitted to nursery in chronological order of their dates of birth, and not on length of time on the waiting list. We aim to offer, where possible, at least one term’s nursery experience to each child before starting school. However, the demand for places is always high.

Attendance in the nursery class does not necessarily guarantee a place in the Primary School.



The Authority’s admission arrangements which will be implemented for Wilthorpe Primary are as follows:

  • The school’s standard admission number is 60.
  • Parents have the choice about when they would like their child to start school



Parents are now able to apply for their child to attend any school in Barnsley, or the surrounding district, regardless of their address. A formal application must be made to the school of your choice using the form in the Local Authority’s Admissions Handbook. The Admissions Handbook will be sent by the school to all those parents of children registered in nursery and from the Local Authority to all other parents.


You can also apply online for a primary school place via the Online Admissions site of


All decisions regarding the admission of children to the school rest with the Local Authority.


Parents are to get greater flexibility over choosing when their children start primary school.


The offer to parents at Wilthorpe Primary School:-


Your child can be admitted to the reception class in the September following their fourth birthday.


For parents who do not wish to accept the offer of a full time place in school for their child the options are;


  • Part time school place (morning or afternoon sessions)
  • Part time early years place (morning or afternoon sessions – 15 hours per week) – in the nursery
  • Defer admission to school to a term within the same school year (January or April)
  • Defer admission to the following school year (year 1)


The following options are not available;

  • A full time school place split between the school and the nursery
  • Any split of a part time school place
  • Splitting a full time early years place between two nurseries at separate schools.


School admissions


If you require more information about admission arrangements for primary schools, please contact School Admissions if you have any questions on 01226 773689 or via email at


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