Transferring schools

If you can avoid transferring your child to another school mid-year it’s best to do so, as transferring schools can be very disruptive to their education.

What to do if you want to transfer your child from one school to another school

If you're moving house, fill in a school transfer form and return it to School Admissions, PO Box 634, Barnsley S70 9GG.

If you're not moving house, but your child is having difficulties at school and you’re thinking about transferring them to another school, please talk to someone at your child's school first to see if you can resolve the problem another way.

If, having spoken to your child’s school, you still want to transfer your child, fill in a transfer form, which you can get from your child's school, and return it to School Admissions, PO Box 634, Barnsley S70 9GG.

If you want to apply for a transfer to a school outside Barnsley, contact the council where the school is located.

When we receive your application to transfer

We’ll write to you, usually within three school weeks, to let you know whether or not your transfer request has been successful.

We can refuse your application if transferring your child would have a detrimental impact on the education of children already at the school where you'd like your child to go.  For example, if admission numbers for your child's year group have  already reached their limit, adding another child would have a negative impact on the education provided.

If we refuse your transfer request, you can submit a Notice of Appeal.

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.

Fair access protocol

To comply with legislation Barnsley Council has a Fair Access Protocol with all the schools in the Barnsley Borough. This means that, in some circumstances, pupils defined in the Protocol will have a higher priority for admission than all other pupils seeking admission to that school.

School details

You can find details of schools and academies in Barnsley, together with their contact details, on our Schools in Barnsley page.

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.