OVER 95 per cent of Barnsley pupils were offered a place at one of their preferred secondary schools on National Offer Day on Friday.

This year, 2,645 children (95.6 per cent) will start at one of their preferred options in September. And of those, 2,417 children (87.3 per cent) received a place at their first choice of secondary school. 173 children (6.3 per cent) were offered a place at their second choice and 55 children (2 per cent) a place at their third choice.

A council spokesperson said: “We’re committed to making sure that no child or young person in Barnsley is left without a school offer. Our Admissions team have helped any child who did not get one of their preferred choices to secure a place at an alternative school ready for September.”

Councillor Trevor Cave, Cabinet Spokesperson for Children’s Services, said: “We want every child and young person in Barnsley 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.

“This would not be possible without all the hard work of our Admissions team and secondary schools, making sure no child is left without a school place for September.

“I would like to thank them for making this process simple for families and helping parents every step of the way in choosing which secondary school is right for their child.”

The spokesperson added: “We understand that some children and families may have received disappointing news today and we’re here to help you with the next steps. Our Admissions team are happy to support any parents who may wish to appeal with the right advice and guidance about the process.

Get in touch with our team if you need any further information or require information on how to make an appeal. You can speak to the team by calling 01226 773677 or emailing admissions@barnsley.gov.uk.”