Applications are now open for primary and secondary school places in September 2024

Parents and carers can now apply for their child’s preferred primary and secondary school choices for September 2024 on our online portal.

Applying online for your child’s school place is quick and easy, with our system helping you by:

  • Checking your application for errors.
  • Sending you an email confirming that your application has been received.
  • Allowing you to find out which school your child has been offered a place at online and by email on Offer Day.

Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, all you need to create an account and apply online is an email address. Please make sure you’re using Google Chrome or other up-to-date browsers as our online portal doesn’t support Internet Explorer.

The closing dates for submitting your applications are:

  • 31 October for secondary school places.
  • 15 January for primary school places.

Before submitting your choices, please double-check your application information and make sure you’re using the address you’re currently living at. If you move after you’ve applied, please let our Admissions team know and they’ll be able to advise you on what to do.

By letting us know if your details change, we can update our records and make sure that school places are allocated in accordance with the relevant criteria.

Councillor Trevor Cave, Cabinet Spokesperson for Children’s Services, said: “It may feel a long way off, but choosing which schools to apply for is one of the most exciting and important decisions a family can make.

“We want our children and young people to aim high and achieve their full potential. This is why we were delighted to see almost 92 per cent of children receiving an offer from their first-choice school this year. We have lots of useful information on our website to help you make an informed decision for your child so please make sure you apply on time and use all three of your preferences.”

More information about applying for your child’s school place, including a full list of schools in your area, is available on our website.

We’ll also send leaflets out to primary schools and nurseries in Barnsley at the start of the academic year to help you navigate the application process.

This is just one of the way our Admissions team are here to help you with your applications. If you have any questions or problems with the online portal, please get in touch by emailing

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