98 per cent of Barnsley children get a place at one of their preferred primary schools

Tuesday 16 April is National Offer Day and families across Barnsley are finding out which primary school their children will be starting at in September. 

We’ve been able to offer 2,452 children (94 per cent) their first choice of primary school, helping young people aim high and fulfil their learning potential. 

We’re delighted to offer 2,575 children (98 per cent) a place at one of their preferred primary schools this year, helping more children to flourish at the start of their education journey. 

The number of children receiving an offer from one of their preferred schools is as follows: 

  • 106 children (4.1 per cent) getting their second choice.
  • 17 children (0.6 per cent) getting their third choice.

We’re committed in Barnsley to making sure no children are left without a school offer. 

41 children (1.6 per cent) didn’t get any of their preferred choices but have been allocated a place at an alternative school with the help of our admissions team. 

98 per cent of parents applied online, these children will be able to view their offer on the online portal today (Tuesday 16 April) and will have received an email with their offer letter.

Carly Speechley, Executive Director for Children’s Services, said: “We want Barnsley to be the place of possibilities, where every child and young person can aim high, excel in their education and achieve their full potential.

“That’s why it’s great news that we’ve been able to offer 98 per cent of children a place at one of their preferred primary schools, including 94 per cent getting their first choice. 

“This could not be possible without all of the great work of our admissions team, in partnership with our settings and 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 and helping give children the best possible start. 

“We understand that some children and families may have received disappointing news today and we’re here to help you with the next steps.” 

Our admissions team are happy to support any parents or carers who may wish to appeal their offer with appropriate advice and guidance about the process. 

Speak to the team today by calling 01226 773677 or emailing admissions@barnsley.gov.uk

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