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

Barnsley’s Year 6 children have been informed which secondary school they will start in September – information was sent via email last night (Sunday, 1 March) to those who applied online and families who applied via a paper form should receive a letter today (Monday, 2 March)

There were 2,651 applications in total.

This National Offer Day has seen 2,476 (93.4 per cent) get their first choice of secondary school, which slightly lower than last year’s figure (94.3 per cent).

112 (4.2 per cent) were offered their second choice of school and 17 (0.6 per cent) got their third choice.

Some 47 (1.8 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 32 late applications and reminder letters have gone out to the families of the 110 children that have not yet applied for a secondary school place.

Cllr Margaret Bruff, Cabinet Spokesperson for Children’s Services, said: “This is great news. While the number of first preferences has dropped slightly this year, the figure is still high which is an achievement given that bigger cohorts are transitioning through to secondary schools. 

“This has been managed by our admissions team liaising and working with schools to accommodate pupils.

“We had 2,359 online applications this year, which not only the process more streamlined for us, it also makes it quicker for families to receive the outcome as it can be emailed.”

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 normally between April and June 2019.

Cllr Bruff added: “We recognise some children and families may have received disappointing news today and we will support them in their 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
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  • 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


Note to Editors:

Comparison figures from March 2019/20

First choice of secondary 2,494 children (94.3 per cent)

Second choice 98 children (3.7 per cent) were offered their second choice of school

Third choice 13 (0.4 per cent) got their third choice.

None of their choices 37 children (1.4 per cent)

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