BARNSLEY is the third best performing local authority in England for offering its young people a place to continue their education.

Figures released by the Department for Education show Barnsley is the third best performing local authority in England when it comes to offering young people aged 16 and 17 a suitable place in which to continue their education or training.

For September 2013, 99.1 per cent of the borough's 5,390 16 and 17 year olds were offered education or training in a school, college, or work-based training. Only London and the Scilly Isles achieved a higher performance.

Coun Tim Cheetham, cabinet spokesperson for children, young people and families, said: "Through our raising aspirations programme, called I Know I Can, we have implemented initiatives and activities that enable young people to achieve their potential."