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Secondary School Places

If your child was born between 1 September 2005 and 31 August 2006, you can apply in September 2016 for them a place at secondary school for theacademic year starting September 2017.

Before applying for your child a place at secondary school, please read the information in our booklet:  Admission to School - Academic Year 2017-18 - Advice to Parents.


Applying for a place after 31 October 2016

From midnight on 31 October 2016, you'll no longer be able to apply for a secondary school place online.

You can still apply for a place by filling in a paper application form (from all primary schools and School Admissions) and returning it to School Admissions.


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 primary school in Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham,Sheffield,Wakefield or Kirklees. 

If one of your preferred schools is Holy Trinity, you must also complete the supplementary information form and minister's reference 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 DoncasterRotherham,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.


What happens next 

We’ll get in touch with you on 1 March 2017 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 yourchild’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 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.

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 2017. Appeals will be held normally between April and June 2017.


PLEASE NOTE: BARNSLEY ACADEMY FOLLOW OUR LOCAL AUTHORITIES ADMISSIONS PROCESS, THE ABOVE INFORMATION HAS BEEN TAKEN DIRECTLY FROM THE BARNSLEY.GOV.UK WEBSITE

Changing School's - In Year Transfer

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 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 make an 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.

Useful documents


The in-year application should not be used to apply for places for children with statements of special educational need. Parents should contact the SEN Section at Barnsley LEA on:

Email: senassessment&review@barnsley.gov.uk
Call: 01226 773966

PLEASE NOTE: BARNSLEY ACADEMY FOLLOW OUR LOCAL AUTHORITIES ADMISSIONS PROCESS, THE ABOVE INFORMATION HAS BEEN TAKEN DIRECTLY FROM BARNSLEY.GOV.UK WEBSITE

Admission arrangements

School admission arrangements set out how schools will admit pupils. 

The arrangements include the published admission number (the maximum number of pupils intended to be admitted to the relevant year group), the oversubscription criteria and information on the waiting list for the school. 

Admission arrangements have to be determined 18 months before the September of the academic year for which they’re relevant.  



Please Remember

Parents have a legal right to express a preference for which school they want their child to attend.

This is not the same as being able to choose, but means that if a parent expresses a preference for a particular school and there are places available then a place should be offered at that school.

However, in law there is no automatic right to place a child in any particular school and it may not be possible to offer a place at a preferred school.

When applying for a secondary school place you must apply through the council covering the area in which you live, which may not be the same as where the school is.

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