School admission preference statistics

Primary schools

Primary schools 2018-19 2019-20 2020-21 2021-22 2022-23
Total number of applications at closing date 2657 2725 2665 2554 2577
Pupils offered first preference school 2472
(93.04%)
2451
(90%)
2508
(94.1%)
2395
(93.8%)
2428
(94.2%)
Pupils offered second preference school 112
(4.2%)
172
(6.3%)
106
(3.9%)
108
(4.2%)
87
(3.4%)
Pupils offered third preference school 21
(0.8%)
30
(1.1%)
20
(0.75%)
12
(0.5%)
18
(0.7%)
Pupils not allocated a place at any of their preferred school(s) 52
(1.96%)
72
(2.6%)
31
(1.2%)
39
(1.5%)
44
(1.7%)

Please note: Barnsley children are not left without a school offer.  
All children who live in Barnsley are allocated places at alternative schools.

   
Children given at least one of their choices 2605
(98%)
2653
(97.3%)
2634
(98.8%)
2515
(98.5%)
2533
(98.3%)
Number of suspected fraudulent applications One fraudulent claim using false address 2 fraudulent applications using false addresses One fraudulent application identified using false address None identified None identified

Secondary schools 

Secondary schools 2018-19 2019-20 2020-21 2021-22 2022-23
Total number of applications at closing date 2550 2642 2651 2690 2871
Pupils offered first preference school 2436
(95.7%)
2494
(94.3%)
2476
(93.4%)
2607
(96.9%)
2687
(93.6%)
Pupils offered second preference school 70
(2.7%)
98
(3.7%)
112
(4.2%)
40
(1.5%)
91 
(3.2%)
Pupils offered third preference school 6
(0.2%)
13
(0.4%)
17
(0.6%)
7
(0.3%)
9
(0.3%)
Pupils not allocated a place at any of their preferred school(s) 38
(1.4%)
37
(1.4%)
47
(1.8%)
36
(1.3%)
84
(2.9%)
Please note Barnsley children are not left without a school offer.
All children who live in Barnsley are all allocated places at alternate schools.
   
Children given at least one of their choices 2512
(98.5%)
2605
(98.6%)
2604
(98.2%)
2654
(98.7%)
2787
(97.1%)
Number of suspected fraudulent applications 1 incorrect address None identified 1 incorrect address, offer withdrawn None identified None identified