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Welcome to Barnsley Authority's Citizen Portal for School Admissions

In order to make an informed decision about which is the preferred school for your child, you need to be aware of the variety of information available about each school and the ways in which you can access that information.

Section 5 of the Admission to School - Advice to Parents booklet gives the names and addresses of all schools in Barnsley together with additional information on school size and type, age range of pupil, etc. More detailed information is provided in each school prospectus, available free of charge from the school.

The Department for Education has a website with a specific section for parents and includes advice on expressing preferences and information on performance tables.

The Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) is responsible for inspecting all schools and producing reports on all schools. The report is an external and independent view of what is good and not so good about a school compared to other schools. If you want a copy of the report for a particular school you could contact that school who must make available a copy of the report, but there may be a small charge to cover administrative costs. Ofsted reports can also be downloaded from

You are advised that performance tables should not be used as the sole guide in deciding which are your preferred schools for your child, the wider educational experience offered by each school should also be carefully considered.

You will also need to consider whether the school is a reasonable distance from your home and how your child will get to school.

An Independent Choice Advice Service is available to parents. The Choice Adviser can help you make informed and realistic decisions about which schools to apply for in the best interests of your child.