The law does not require children to be admitted to school until the beginning of the term following their fifth birthday, but Birdwell School will admit children from the September following their 4th birthday. The school offers a full time place for these children.

The criteria for the allocation of places are set out in the Barnsley Admissions to Primary School Booklet. Initially Special Needs children who name the school are considered first along with children ‘in care,’ then those who have a brother or sister attending the school when they are due to be admitted, then the children who live nearest the school.

Application forms for a school place for 2019/20 can be obtained from the school or you can complete the online application form by going to:- ( The closing date for applications is 15th January 2019. This is for children who were born 1.9.2014 to 31.8.2015.

We try to make the child’s entry to school as happy and trouble free as possible. We invite parents and children into school in the term before they are to be admitted, to see the school and meet their new teacher. Following this visit, children are invited to spend a few mornings in school during the final half term before they start.

In year admissions are dealt with by Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council and they can be contacted on 01226 773689. The school has an agreed standard number of 30 per year group and if applications exceed this number then parents can be refused a place. Parents do have a right to appeal. Further information on admissions can be found at