Consultation for Planned New Secondary School Gets Underway in Barnsley

Trinity Multi-Academy Trust was selected in 2019 by the Department for Education (DfE) as the sponsor for a proposed new free school to be known as Trinity Academy Barnsley, which is due to open in 2021.

Trinity Academy Barnsley will be established by Trinity Multi-Academy Trust (Trinity MAT) supported by the Church of England Diocese of Leeds. It will be an inclusive, non-selective 11-16 Church of England secondary school, opening with 180 places available for Year 7 students from September 2021.

The academy will welcome pupils of all abilities, all faiths and no faith and from all backgrounds. This reflects the Trinity MAT’s commitment to inclusivity and serving the local community, providing an excellent education for all which is rooted in Christian values but in no way restricted to those of faith.

A consultation period has begun to allow the local community the opportunity to give their views on the development of the new school. Feedback can be given online or by post using the questionnaire available from the web site set up to provide information on the project at

Webinar events will also be taking place on 26th June and 10th July to enable interested parties to find out more about the proposals and share their opinions.

The consultation will run until Monday 10th August 2020, the findings will be published on the Trinity Academy Barnsley website, where full details on the proposals can be found.

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to bring a cutting-edge dimension to education in Barnsley. At Trinity MAT we have have a ‘no-excuses’ culture – this means the quality of teaching and learning is paramount, aspiration for each student in our care is the norm and student outcomes are exceptionally high.”
Rob MarshPrincipal of Cathedral Academy Wakefield

Luke Tryl, Director of New Schools Network, said upon the initial DfE announcement in 2019:

“The application process to set up a free school is extremely rigorous so it is a testament to Trinity MAT’s hard work that they have been approved to open.

“This is great news for families across the country. Some of the areas most desperately in need of greater educational opportunity will soon have innovative and successful new schools opening their doors to these communities. We congratulate all approved schools and look forward to helping them through the pre-opening process.”

  • Free schools are state funded schools that are independent of local authority control. They have the freedom to decide the length of school day and term, their curriculum, teacher pay and how they spend their budgets.
  • Free schools are more likely to be judged Outstanding when compared to other state schools (28% Outstanding).
  • When full, free schools will have created 400,000 new school places; over 83% of approved free schools are in areas of demographic need.
  • New Schools Network is an independent charity that provides support to groups wanting to set up free schools: