Over 94 per cent of Barnsley children get their first choice of primary school for September

It’s National Offer Day and families across Barnsley have been finding out which primary school their children will start in September.

This year, we have been able to offer 2,428 children (94.2 per cent) their first choice of primary school, up from last year’s 93.8 per cent. Overall, 2,533 children (98.3 per cent) in our borough received an offer from at least one of their chosen primary schools.

Here’s a breakdown of the national offer day figures in Barnsley:

  • We received 2,577 applications.
  • 2,428 children (94.2 per cent) were offered their first choice of primary school.
  • 87 children (3.4 per cent) received an offer from their second choice.
  • 18 children (0.7 per cent) got their third choice of primary school.
  • 44 children (1.7 per cent) did not get any of their choices but have been allocated a school place by our school admissions team.

We saw 96 per cent of families applying for their child’s primary school place online this year. This not only makes the process more streamlined, but it also makes it quicker for families to receive their primary school offer.

Mel John-Ross, Executive Director for Children’s Services, said: “We want every child and young person in Barnsley to be able to excel in their education and achieve their full potential. We are therefore delighted to see that 94.2 per cent of our borough’s children were given their first choice of primary school today.

“This could not be possible without great partnership working between our school admissions team and Barnsley’s primary schools. A big thank you to everyone who helped make it possible for families to find out their child’s primary school place today.

“We recognise that some children and families may have received disappointing news and I want to reassure parents they will be supported in their next steps. Our admissions team are happy to help any parents who may wish to appeal with appropriate advice and guidance about the process.”

Families who have not received the news they hoped for should contact our school admissions team for advice and support. You can get in touch with the team by emailing admissions@barnsley.gov.uk or calling (01226) 773677.

Applicants will be updated as soon as arrangements for their appeal have been confirmed.

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