BARNSLEY'S secondary schools have been named the second worst in the country by an Ofsted report.

The education watchdog has claimed that more than three-quarters of school pupils are in schools rated 'inadequate' and 'requiring improvement'. 

Only 22 per cent of pupils are in schools rated 'good' or 'better', with only the Isle of Wight faring worse. 

However, the council have disputed the report saying the figures are already out of date - despite it only being published several weeks ago.

A spokesman said: "Since this data was produced, Ofsted has judged another of our secondary schools to be good overall."

"This reinforces the improvements seen in Barnsley in GCSE results in 2013 that were at a faster rate than that seen nationally and regionally in the proportion of students attaining five good GCSE passes, including English and mathematics."

He added that there was a 'shared understanding' between the council and schools of the challenges facing them in tackilng under performing students.