PARENTS and carers can now apply for their child’s preferred primary and secondary school choices.

The closing date for secondary school places is October 31, whilst for primary schools it’s January 15.

Coun Trevor Cave, cabinet spokesperson for children’s services, said: “It may feel a long way off, but choosing which schools to apply for is one of the most exciting and important decisions a family can make.

“We want our children and young people to aim high and achieve their full potential.

“This is why we were delighted to see 93.9 per cent of children receiving an offer from their first-choice school this year.

“There is lots of useful information on our website to help you make an informed decision for your child, so please apply online, apply on time and choose three preferences.”

For more information on how to apply, visit the Barnsley Council website.