Welcome to Mapplewells Primary and Nursery School
We are delighted to be able to share with you our vision and values to help you get a true flavour of our school. We are confident that you will find us a welcoming school – one where your child will flourish and realise their potential, whatever that potential might be. We value getting to know all our children. This means we have a better idea of what motivates them and what success should look like for them.
Mapplewells School is about happy children all working together to achieve their personal best in all areas of school life. We have high expectations of all pupils and so we strive to offer the best education delivered by challenging and supportive teachers and teaching assistants. As a forward thinking and friendly school, we aim to provide a wide range of learning experiences where children are engaged, enthusiastic and curious to find out more. Our goal is to instil a love of learning within our pupils which will develop them into life-long learners with high aspirations for their future.
In our schools, we believe that all pupils have the ability to achieve wonderful things. Our aim is to ensure that our children are happy and enjoy their time at school. This is achieved by providing an environment where children feel safe to explore the new challenges and learning opportunities they encounter.
All our staff are passionate about making children happy, developing their confidence and inspiring them to be successful. This passion ensures that Mapplewells is a vibrant and creative place to be. We aim to help develop creative children who are inspired learners, are considerate citizens, are independent thinkers, have curious and enquiring minds and are caring friends.
We care about every child in our school. Through our strong commitment to pastoral care we strive to ensure that we provide outstanding support for all of our pupils and families. As Mapplewellians, pride ourselves on supporting all children, regardless of their background or additional circumstances. We believe that a child’s potential should not be limited or pre-determined.
We welcome visits to our schools so please contact the school office for a look round.
Flying High Partnership
The Flying High Trust is a partnership of schools across Nottinghamshire, Nottingham City and Derbyshire. Schools work together to ensure we are relentless in ensuring our children receive the best possible opportunities and experiences. This is achieved through a true collaboration where all decisions centre on children and schools are empowered to adopt best practice, adapt it within the context of each school and fly!
We aim for our schools to be the best in the universe!
By the end of their primary education we aim for all of our children to be ready for secondary school and be inspired to be the best they can be through our seven values. The values are fundamental to everything the Trust represents; they run through all elements of school improvement and are understood and owned by all members of the school community. Schools with their own clear USP linked to their values blend together the Trust values with those held so dear within each individual school.
As a Trust Partnership our expectation is that all schools:
- Demonstrate a restlessness to continually improve, to never stand still, with the ultimate aim of providing the best opportunities and experiences for our children.
- Strive to ensure every child fulfils their potential regardless of potential barriers to learning.
- Commit to become an outstanding, self-improving school and to support the profession and development of all schools within the partnership.
- Commit to a school-led system.
- Commit to the values, principles, policies and procedures of the Trust.
- To ultimately strive to be the best school in the Universe.
In our schools you will see we work together to:
- Ensure schools feel connected to the Trust whilst maintaining their unique qualities, character and relationship with their community.
- Ensure high quality teaching and learning.
- Engage with our families and wider communities to raise aspiration for all.
- Develop the whole child and create inquisitive learners.
- Enable all children to be confident, building on strengths and improving in areas of need.
- Enable children to understand the part they play in the world in the future - as a positive citizen and a driver of business and enterprise.
- Support the development of all staff to be the best they can be and to realise their career potential.
If you would like your child to attend our school, please see full details of our admission arrangements below.
Applying for a Place
Foundation 1/ Nursery
Children may join our Foundation Unit in Foundation 1 (F1/ Nursery) at the beginning of the term after their 3rd birthday.
Once you have decided that you would like your child to attend our F1 you will be asked to complete a registration form giving us you and your child’s details. This is so that we can contact you regarding your child’s place and keep you up to date with transition dates closer to the time. It is vital that you inform us of any change of details. On this form there is also an opportunity for you to inform us of any Special Educational Needs or Medical Conditions that your child may have. The reason that we ask for this information is so that we can ensure that we contact any other relevant services to support us with your child’s transition into Foundation 1. Please note that nursery places are non-statutory and therefore are not covered by the school's admissions code.
In the Autumn term before your child is eligible to start school full time you will be contacted by Nottinghamshire County Council (NCC) asking you to state your school preferences. The form asks you to choose 4 schools. It is vital that this form is completed as otherwise your child will be allocated to any school that has a space available. You will be notified of your child’s placement the following April. Please note that if your child has a place in Foundation 1 this does not guarantee that they will be offered a place in F2 at Mapplewells. The school itself has no say in the allocation of placements.
Admissions to the school are processed by the Local Authority as part of the NottinghamshireYou will find guidance about application dates and access to online application forms for primary school places on the link below. Applications can also be made via post or over the phone.
Link to check your school catchment area:
Special consideration may be given to applications that are supported by written evidence from a doctor, social worker or other relevant professional giving reasons why the school is ‘the only school’ which could cater for the child’s particular needs. This might include medical needs, mobility support needs, special educational needs or other social circumstances. The evidence must be presented at the time of application.
The appropriate designated officers will consider written evidence provided to decide whether the application may be processed as special circumstances. Admission under special circumstances will have priority over all but the first numbered criterion.
For admissions in September 2023/24:
- The application round opens on 6th November 2023 and closes on 15th January 2024
- The offer date for the September 2024 intake is 16th April 2024 (National Offer Day)
Admissions for 2023/24
- If you would like to make an in-year admission to move or change schools, please contact the Local Authority at any point in the year on the link below.
Admissions to year groups other than the intake year
Applications for admission to other year groups will normally be considered in relation to the published admission limit (45 pupils), which applied when the year group was first admitted to the school, although infant class size restrictions will also need to be considered. If places are available within the year group, applications will be considered in accordance with the above admission criteria. If places are available, the child will normally be admitted to the school.
Further guidance on the way in which applications are dealt with including:
• Preferences for more than one school
• Late applications
• The way waiting lists are maintained and used
Guidance on all these processes can be found in Nottinghamshire County Council’s booklet.
Contact for Admissions
Please contact the admissions team on 0300 500 80 80
Planned Admission number 2023/2024: 45
Current Number on Roll: 345 (including F1)
Mapplewells Appeals Information
If your child has been refused a place and you would like to appeal against the decision, please see below further information on making an appeal.
- If your appeal you should submit your appeal within 28 days of being told that your application was unsuccessful.
- If your appeal is for a child transferring to a junior school or starting an infant or primary school in and you are told of the decision on 16th April 2024 (National Offer Day) you should submit your appeal by 20th May 2024.
- If you are told of an infant, junior or primary decision after 16th April 2024 or it relates to an in-year admission you should submit your appeal within 28 days of being told that your application was unsuccessful.
- Your appeal, once submitted will be forwarded to an Independent Clerk and a date will be agreed for the hearing to take place within the mandatory guidelines. Your appeal should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org using the form below and you will receive acknowledgement that the appeal has been received, update on the situation and contact details for the appeals clerk who will manage your appeal and keep you informed of progress, date and outcomes. Appeals will be held in line with the DfE’s School Admission Appeals Code (October 2022)
Assuring you of our best attention at all times.
Appeals Timetable 2023/24:
National offer day – 16th April. Appeals to be made within 28 days and all appeals will be heard within 40 days during June and July.
Appeal Form – see separate document