ALMOST 94 per cent of kids in Barnsley have got their first choice of secondary school for this September.

Yesterday was the day parents were informed where their kids had got in to secondary school and 2687 children received their first choice.

There were 2871 applications this year, a rise from 2690 last year.

A total of 91 children were offered their second choice and nine their third choice.

Almost three percent of children did not get any of their preferred choices, 84 children, did not get one of their preferred choices but were allocated a school place at an alternative school.

Coun Trevor Cave, cabinet spokesperson 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.

"I am therefore delighted to see so many children in our borough being offered a place at their first choice secondary school for September.

"This could not be possible without effective partnership working between our school admissions team and Barnsley's secondary schools.

"We recognise that some children and families may have received disappointing news today, and we will support them in their next steps.

"Please notify our ream in writing if you didn't want to accept the place offered within ten working days of receiving the offer.

"Those who haven't received a place for their child at their chosen school can complete a Notice of Appeal form and return it to us by Thursday March 31.

"Appeals will be held between May and June 2021."