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Please take a look at the Admission Arrangements Policy which includes the published admission number- PAN

Your child is entitled to free Nursery education (15 hours per week) from the term after their third birthday - admission typically in September, January and April each year. If your child is ready to start Nursery, please contact Admissions and complete the application form. We would be happy to welcome you into Nursery for a visit as soon as you'd like to see for yourself how wonderful Nursery provision at Forest is - contact us to arrange a visit. 

We also offer 30 hours provision for those families who are eligible for the additional hours. To check your eligibility and for more information, visit the DfE website or contact us and let us help you to secure your child's place.

Reception places: Is your child beginning school in September 2023?

If your child was born between 1 September 2018 and 31 August 2019, they’ll be ready for starting school in September 2023. Closing date is 15 January 2023.

Before you apply for your child a place, please look at the information booklet on the below website:

At Forest, we take our role very seriously and pride ourselves on welcoming children into our fantastic Foundation Stage setting. We have an excellent track record in settling children quickly so that they are ready to learn, play and have fun with friends. We encourage you to come and visit us so that we can show you what happens in our school, day to day, and answer any questions you may have. You are very welcome to come along and have a tour of our wonderful school. Please feel free to contact us to arrange a visit. 

How to apply for a place in Barnsley.

If you would like to apply online via the Barnsley School Admissions website, please click on the following link-

Each year we admit 45 children into FS2.

If you have not yet applied for a place and have missed the deadline, please contact School Admission where colleagues will be happy to guide you in accessing a school place.


School transfers

If you have recently moved into the area or are looking for a change of school for your child for different reasons you will find helpful information on the following website to help you: Information on school tranfers (click here)

We would recommend, if you are looking for a school transfer, that you contact us to arrange an appointment for you and your child to visit our school.


Secondary School Places

If your child was born between 1 September 2011 and 31 August 2012, you can apply in September 2022 for them a place at secondary school for the academic year starting September 2023.
The closing date  to apply online is 31 October 2022.

Before applying for your child a place at secondary school, please read the information on the booklet on the following website:


How to apply for a place in Barnsley.
If you would like to apply online via the Barnsley School Admissions website, please click on the following link-

If you don’t live in Barnsley, don’t use the Barnsley application form or Barnsley's online system. Contact the school admissions service at you local council for a copy of their school admissions booklet and fill in the form included in it.

Applying for a place after the deadline:
You can still apply online for a school place after the closing date however your application will be processed after offer day.

If we are full?

If you wish for your child to attend Forest and we are currently full in that class, don't worry. You can appeal to an independent appeal panel. To do this, you have to complete a Notice of Appeal Form and return it to School Admissions. Appeals will be held between May and July. We have to comply with infant class size legislation and this may determine the type of appeal.

If you would like more information, or have any questions you would like answering, please contact our friendly office staff who are very happy to help.

Admissions contact number: 01226 773689