THE headteacher of Carlton Community College says the school is improving - despite remaining in special measures and receiving gradings of 'inadequate' by Ofsted.

Neil Hutchinson said the school is employing new staff, improving the standards of lessons and improving pupils' attendance.

He said latest results showed the school achieved its 'best ever' GCSE maths results. More than half of its year 11 pupils, who took their exams early, had obtained grade C or above and 15 pupils achieved A* grades.

The education watchdog inspected the school last month - the third visit since it went into special measures in January 2012.

'Special measures' is Ofsted's lowest level of failing school.

Inspectors said inadequate progress had been made by the school since the last inspection and newly-qualified teachers could not be employed there.

Mr Hutchinson was employed as an interim headteacher in September but says he will be staying on at the school for the foreseeable future after being asked by Barnsley Council.

"Now I know I'm staying I can take an entirely different approach to make sure the standards that are set are my standards, which are very high," Mr Hutchinson said.

"I'm not just in a holding position for somebody else and it's very much my school. The teachers are already stepping up to the mark with many more lessons being graded as good or outstanding.

"We have got a more positive response with parents; they are getting in touch about the aspirations of their children."