90 per cent of Barnsley children get first choice of primary school this year

Some 2,653 Barnsley children and their families have been told about their primary school choice, following offer letters sent out by Barnsley Council.

Of those, 90 per cent of children were placed in their first choice of school.

Rachel Dickinson, Executive Director for People, said: “It’s good news that 2,451 children were given their first choice of primary. Although this is lower than last year’s figure of 93.04 per cent, we have seen more applications this year and we have a larger number of children who have been offered their second choice of school.

“Managing the applications has been a result of great partnership working between our school admissions team and schools. This is a fantastic outcome for children in Barnsley and a great start in young children achieving their potential.”

The breakdown of the national offer day figures for Barnsley is as follows:

  • 2,451 children (90 per cent) were offered their first choice
    • 172 children (6.3 per cent) were offered their second choice of school
    • 30 children (1.1 per cent) got their third choice of school.
  • 72 children (2.6 per cent) did not get any of their choices but have been allocated a school place by Barnsley Council’s School Admissions team.

There were a number of late applications which will be processed this month.

The council recognises that some children and families may have received disappointing news today and they will be supported in their next steps.

Families who don’t want to accept the place offered must contact the School Admissions Team in writing within 10 working days of receiving the offer.

Barnsley Council has to comply with the law that states there must not be more than 30 children in classes containing reception, Year 1 and Year 2 children. This may determine the type of appeal.

The Admissions Team is happy to support any families wishing to appeal. Contact details and further information is available via www.barnsley.gov.uk by searching for school admissions.

This news is linked to Town Spirit, our new way of working better together. We believe, that if everyone in Barnsley does just one thing, we can make our borough a more welcoming place to live, work, invest and visit.

We'll do everything we can to help people and their family to achieve their potential by raising aspirations and creating a healthier, safer and better-educated population.

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  • Preparing your children for starting school
  • Helping your children to get to school on time every day
  • Supporting your children to learn out of school
  • Helping young people in your family to stay in education and training
  • Committing to keep learning and develop your career

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