Ninety-four per cent of Barnsley children get first choice of secondary school

Some 2,642 of Barnsley’s Year 6 children found out this morning (Friday, 1 March) which secondary school they will start in September.

This National Offer Day has seen 2,494 Barnsley children (94.3 per cent) get their first choice of secondary school, which slightly lower than last year’s figure (95.7 per cent).

98 children (3.7 per cent) were offered their second choice of school and 13 (0.4 per cent) got their third choice.

Some 37 children (1.4 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.

Cllr Tim Cheetham, Cabinet Spokesperson for People (Achieving Potential) said: “We received 100 more applications in total this year so it's great news that 95 per cent of children have got a place at their school of choice.

Processing the applications has been a result of effective partnership working between our schools admissions team and schools. This positive outcome for children in Barnsley has been achieved despite the significant increase in numbers.”

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

Those who do not get a place for their child at their chosen school can complete a Notice of Appeal form and return it to School Admissions by Saturday, 31 March. Appeals will be held between April and June 2019.

“Cllr Cheetham added: “While it is good news a high percentage of applications got an offer of their first choice, we recognise that not everybody got their first place and some children and families may have received disappointing news today and we will support them in the next steps."

The Admissions Team is happy to support any parents wishing to appeal with appropriate advice and guidance throughout the process. They can be contacted by emailing or calling 01226 773677/3502.

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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