Waiting List

Where there are more applications than the number of places available, a waiting list will operate until 31st December. The list will be kept in strict order according to the oversubscription admissions criteria. If a place becomes available and there is no one on the waiting list, the place will be offered to the next applicant. The waiting list will be open to any parent/carer to ask for his/her child’s name to be placed on the waiting list, following an unsuccessful application to the Academy and to parents/carers who have not previously applied for a place during the academic year but have been refused. 

Appeals and In Year Admissions

We participate in the Local Authority Co-ordinated Scheme for In Year admissions and operate a waiting list for admissions in years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11. If a space becomes available, spaces are allocated according to our over subscription admissions criteria, from the waiting list. If you would like your child to be added to our waiting list, please contact our Admissions team on 01226 284606.

In-Year Admissions

Thank you for your interest in Barnsley Academy. We are a small, mixed secondary school serving the central area of Barnsley. We are proud to be a good local community school and our aim is to ensure that every student makes good or outstanding progress. This section of our website is designed for parents who are considering this academy for their children as well as parents whose children are due to start in the next academic year.

Barnsley Academy, a member of United Learning, is proud to offer education to 11-16 years old in Barnsley and welcomes students of all faiths or none.

Barnsley Academy offers free education for 900 students.  Our PAN (Pupil Admission Number) is 180.  Every place is free of charge and open to students of all abilities.  

The academy will consider all applications and will refer to our Admissions Criteria when offering places.   

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.

Year 7 Admissions

Our normal admission year is Year 7, when we admit students from a wide range of primary schools. Applications for admission are made via the Barnsley Council Co-ordinated Admissions scheme.

Applications for September 2022 intake (Year 7) will close on 31st October 2021.  The Local Authority will advise of notification of places by post or online, if you applied online, on 1st March 2022 (National Secondary School Allocation Day). This will tell you if you have been successful in obtaining a place. 

For further information regarding school admission please click here 

What happens next 

Barnsley Council will be in touch with you on Monday 1 March 2022 to tell you the name of the school at which they can offer your child a secondary school place. If you applied online, they will email you; if you submitted a paper application, they will write to you.

If a place is available at your first preference school: they will offer your child a place there

If there are only places available at your second or third preference schools: they will 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: Barnsley Council will 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: they will 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 2022. Appeals will be held normally between April and June 2022.

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