BARNSLEY'S GCSE results have exceeded the previous year's National Average for the first time.

The number of pupils achieving five GCSEs at Grades A* - C (including English and maths) rose from 44 per cent in 2011, to 50 per cent in 2015 and 55 per cent this year.

In both Key Stages 1 and 2, the percentage of pupils achieving the expected level of progress is almost on a par with the national average.

Cloun Tim Cheetham, Cabinet Spokesperson for People (Achieving Potential) said: “Barnsley pupils are congratulated for the rewards which their hard work has merited I commend all our partners on the Barnsley Alliance in helping secure these improvements. Long may they continue.”