SECONDARY school league tables published reveal three of Barnsley's schools do not meet the preferred yardstick for the number of pupils achieving five good GCSEs.

At Dearne ALC and Shafton ALC only 37 per cent of pupils achieved five good GCSEs, and Carlton Community College ranked worst in the town with just 35 per cent.

Barnsley Academy, which was the most improved in Yorkshire in 2011, dropped from 55 per cent to 42 per cent.

Holgate, which merged with Kingstone to form Horizon Community College, showed some improvement with 54 per cent, up by nine per cent on 2011. Kingstone however dropped two per cent to 43 per cent.

On a brighter note, Penistone Grammar School ALC ranked top in the town again with 62 per cent of pupils achieving five good GCSEs, despite dropping three per cent from 2011.

The results follow news in November that Barnsley has the worst performing secondary schools in the country, according to an annual published report by Ofsted.