NINETY per cent of Barnsley pupils have been offered a place at their first choice secondary school.

Yesterday was National Offer Day and parents across Barnsley are finding out which secondary school their children will be starting at in September.

The council announced that it has been able to offer 2,616 children (90 per cent) their first choice of secondary school.

This is slightly down from last year (93.6 per cent) as more applications for secondary schools were received, up to 2,909 applications this year.

2,812 children (96.7 per cent) have been offered a place at one of their preferred schools this year, including: 159 children (5.5 per cent) getting their second choice and 37 children (1.3 per cent) getting their third choice.

97 children (3.3 per cent) did not get any of their preferred choices but have been allocated a place at an alternative school with the help of the admissions team.

Councillor Trevor Cave, Cabinet Spokesperson for Children’s Services, said: “We want every child and young person to be able to aim high, 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 of secondary school for September.

“We understand that some children and families may have received disappointing news and we’re here to support you with the next steps. Get in touch with our team if you want to turn down our offer or make an appeal.

“Our admissions team are happy to support any parents who may wish to appeal with appropriate advice and guidance about the process. Speak to the team by calling 01226 773677 or emailing”