PARENTS and carers have been reminded that the deadline for secondary school applications is fast approaching.

The deadline for September 2018 school places is on Tuesday October 31.

There are two ways to apply for a place, either online to transfer a child from primary to secondary school or to complete a paper application form, available either from the child's primary school or from Barnsley Council’s School Admissions service.

A council spokesperson said: "It is strongly advised to apply online as there are a number of benefits to this method.

"The system is easy to use, applicants will receive email acknowledgement of their school preferences and there is no form to take into school unless the application is for a voluntary aided school.

"There is no risk the application will get lost and the result of any application can be sent by email, which is usually quicker than by post."