Secondary school places

If your child was born between 1 September 2009 and 31 August 2010, you can apply in September 2020 for them a place at secondary school for the academic year starting September 2021.

Before applying for your child a place at secondary school, please read the information in our booklet: Admission to School - Academic Year 2021 - 2022 - Advice to Parents.

Applying for a place before 30 November 2020

For your child to start secondary school in September 2021, you need to apply for a place before the deadline of 30 November 2020. You must;

  • Apply online to transfer your child from primary to secondary school. 
  • View our guide to applying on the parent portal.
  • If you are unable to apply online then please contact school admissions who can provide support and guidance to assist you.  If you are still unable to apply online then you can request a paper application form from school admissions, and return it to the headteacher of your child’s current school or send it to School Admissions, PO Box 634, Barnsley S70 9GG (up to the deadline of 30 November 2020).

If your child doesn’t currently attend a Barnsley primary school, but you want to apply for them a place at a Barnsley secondary school, please apply online 

Applying for a place after 30 November 2020

You can still apply online for a school place after the closing date however your application will be processed after offer day.

Filling in your application if you live in Barnsley

You can include up to three schools on your application, which you should rank in order of preference – 1st; 2nd; 3rd preferences.

Your preferences can include any secondary school in Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham, SheffieldWakefield or Kirklees

If one of your preferred schools is Holy Trinity, you must also complete the Holy Trinity supplementary application form and staple them to your application together with any other documents that are asked for.  The form is also available from primary schools and from School Admissions.

If you’re applying for a place at a voluntary aided school in Doncaster, Rotherham, Sheffield, Wakefield or Kirklees you must also complete their supplementary information form and staple a copy of your child's baptism certificate to the application form.

If you're applying for a place at any school outside Barnsley, it’s always best to get in touch with the council in that area to check what their admissions criteria are. Use the links above to their admissions web pages for more information.

If you live outside Barnsley

If you don’t live in Barnsley, don’t use the Barnsley application form or Barnsley's online system.

Contact the school admissions service at you local council for a copy of their school admissions booklet and fill in the form included in it.

Trinity Academy Barnsley

A new secondary school, Trinity Academy Barnsley will open its doors to a founding cohort of Year 7 students in September 2021. The curriculum will be underpinned by the STEM subjects of Science, Technology and Maths. Students will also experience sessions in Engineering delivered alongside partner organisations. Underpinning the whole curriculum will be a strong focus on essential Literacy skills.  

All students will have access to an extensive extra-curricular programme tailored to their needs and requirements, whether this be Sports, Performing Arts or STEM.  To register your interest please do this through Trinity Academy Barnsley website to receive the latest information;   all applications should be made through the online admissions portal in the same way as for other Barnsley schools.  

Find out more information about Trinity Academy.

What happens next 

We’ll get in touch with you on Monday 1 March 2021 to tell you the name of the school at which we can offer your child a secondary school place. If you applied online, we’ll email you; if you submitted a paper application, we’ll write to you.

If a place is available at your first preference school: we’ll offer your child a place there

If there are only places available at your second or third preference schools: we’ll offer your child a place at one of these schools, but place your child’s name on the waiting lists of any schools you’ve ranked higher

If places are available at more than one of the schools you prefer: we’ll offer your child a place at the school you’ve ranked highest on your form.

If places aren’t available at any of the schools you prefer: we’ll offer your child a place at the school or academy nearest your address that has places available.

If you don’t want to accept the place we offer, you must tell School Admissions in writing within 10 working days of receiving your offer, and confirm the alternative arrangements you have made for your child's education.

If you don’t get a place for your child at the school of your choice you can complete a Notice of Appeal form and return it to School Admissions by 31 March 2021. Appeals will be held normally between April and June 2021.

Admission to Secondary School - General statistics

View the school admission preference statistics.

Application forms/documents

Ofsted inspections

A new education inspection framework for schools takes effect in September 2019.

You can find out about Ofsted inspections in schools and find inspection reports on GOV.UK.