90 per cent of Barnsley children get their first choice of secondary school

It’s National Offer Day and parents across Barnsley are finding out which secondary school their children will be starting at in September.

We’ve been able to offer 2,616 children (90 per cent) their first choice of secondary school, helping young people aim high and fulfil their learning potential.

This is slightly down from last year (93.6 per cent) as we’ve seen more applications for our secondary schools, up to 2,909 applications this year.

We’ve been able to offer 2,812 children (96.7 per cent) a place at one of their preferred schools this year, including:

  • 159 children (5.5 per cent) getting their second choice.
  • 37 children (1.3 per cent) getting their third choice.

97 children (3.3 per cent) did not get any of their preferred choices but have been allocated a place at an alternative school with the help of our admissions team.

Councillor Trevor Cave, Cabinet Spokesperson for Children’s Services, said: “We want every child and young person to be able to aim high, excel in their education and achieve their full potential. I am therefore delighted to see so many children in our borough being offered a place at their first choice of secondary school for September.

“This could not be possible without all of the great work of our admissions team and our secondary schools, making sure no child is left without a school place for September. I would like to thank them for making this process simple for families.

“We understand that some children and families may have received disappointing news today and we’re here to support you with the next steps. Get in touch with our team today if you want to turn down our offer or make an appeal.”

Our admissions team are happy to support any parents who may wish to appeal with appropriate advice and guidance about the process. Speak to the team today by calling 01226 773677 or emailing admissions@barnsley.gov.uk.

Alternatively, visit our secondary school places webpage for more information, including what to do if you don’t want to accept the place we have offered your child.

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