NINETY-THREE per cent of children in Barnsley have been placed in their first choice primary school for the next school year - according to figures released by the council today.

A total of 2,776 children and their families across the borough have been told about their primary school choice today, and only seven per cent (86 children) missed out on their first choice place.

Figures show that 2,586 children (93.15 per cent) were offered their first choice, 104 children (3.75 per cent) were offered their second choice of school while 23 children (0.83 per cent) got their third choice.

A total of 63 children (2.27 per cent) did not get any of their choices but have been allocated a school place by Barnsley Council’s School Admissions team.

There were 125 late applications which will be processed this month.

Count Tim Cheetham, Cabinet Spokesperson for People (Achieving Potential) said: “It's excellent news that 2,586 children (93.15 per cent) were given their first choice of primary, which is significantly higher than last year’s figure of 89.82 per cent.

“While it is good news that such a high percentage of applications got an offer of their first choice, we recognise that not everybody got their first place. Some children and families may have received disappointing news today and we will support them in the next steps."

Families who don’t want to accept the place offered must contact the School Admissions Team in writing within 10 working days of receiving the offer.

Contact setails and further information is available via by searching for school admissions.