COUNCIL bosses are celebrating further improvements in the borough’s GCSE results, as Barnsley continues to rise above the national average for English and maths.

This is the second year by which exam results have been graded on the 9 to 1 system, replacing the old A-G grades.

And Barnsley’s schools have again improved on the number of pupils achieving 4 to 9 grades – equivalent to grades C and above – since they moved above the national average two years ago.

Coun Margaret Bruff, cabinet spokesperson for people (children), said: “I’m pleased to announce that the majority of schools in Barnsley have reported an increase in the percentage of pupils achieving grades 4 to 9 in English and maths combined.

“This is great news, considering the more challenging GCSE specifications for most subjects.

“Our GCSE students’ hard work and commitment has clearly paid off. I’d like to congratulate them and wish them well for the future.

“Our ambition, which is delivered through our Children and Young People’s Trust, is for every young person to achieve their goals – whether through a placement, higher education, or employment.

“The trust is working hard to continue to improve the attainment of Barnsley’s children and young people.

“My sincere thanks also go to school staff who are dedicated to helping our young people achieve their potential, as well as the parents and carers who have supported their children to reach their goals.”