School admission preference statistics

Primary schools

Primary schools 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20 2020-21
Total number of applications at closing date 2,742 2,812 2838 2776 2657 2725 2665
Pupils offered first preference school 2,458
(89.64%)
2,548
(90.61%)
2549 (89.82%) 2586 (93.15%) 2472 (93.04%) 2451 (90%) 2508 (94.1%)
Pupils offered second preference school 147
(5.36%)
127
(4.52%)
161 (5.67%) 104 (3.75%) 112 (4.2%) 172 (6.3%) 106 (3.9%)
Pupils offered third preference school 46 (1.68%) 34
(1.21%)
30 (1.06%) 23 (0.83%) 21 (0.8%) 30 (1.1%) 20 (0.75%)
Pupils not allocated a place at any of their preferred school(s) 90
(3.28%)
103
(3.66%)
98 (3.45%) 63 (2.27%) 52 (1.96%) 72 (2.6%) 31 (1.2%)

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 2,651
(96.68%)
2,710
(96.33%)
2740 (96.55%) 2713 (97.73%) 2605 (98.04%) 2653 (97.3%) 2634 (98.8%)
Number of suspected fraudulent applications None identified 2 anonymous
(claiming a false address had been used by the parent when completing the application)
1 anonymous
(claiming a false address had been used by the parent when completing the application)
1 anonymous 
(claiming a false address had been used by the parent when completing the application)
1 anonymous
(claiming a false address had been used by the parent when completing the application)
2 fraudulent applications using false addresses None identified

Secondary schools 

Secondary schools 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20 2020-21
Total number of applications at closing date 2,286 2,335 2,393 2,487 2,550 2,642 2,652
Pupils offered first preference school 2,125 (92.96%) 2,115 (90.59%) 2,280 (95.28%) 2,368 (95.22%) 2,436 (95.7%) 2,494 2,476 (93.4%)
Pupils offered second preference school 117 (5.11%) 146 (6.25%) 76 (3.17%) 80 (3.22%) 70 (2.7%) 98 (3.7%) 112 (4.2%)
Pupils offered third preference school 18 (0.66%) 12 (0.51%) 9 (0.38%) 10 (0.40%) 6 (0.2%) 13 (0.4%) 17 (0.6%)
Pupils not allocated a place at any of their preferred school(s) 29 (1.27%) 62 (2.66%) 28 (1.17%) 29 (1.16%) 38 (1.4%) 37 (1.4%) 47 (1.8%)
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 2,257 (98.73%) 2,273 (97.34%) 2,365 (98.83%) 2,459 (98.84%) 2,512 (98.5%) 2,605 (98.6%) 2,604 (98.2%)
Number of suspected fraudulent applications None identified None identified None identified None identified 1 incorrect address None identified None identified