BARNSLEY pupils are celebrating another strong set of GCSE results.

National data shows a slight drop in the percentage of pupils gaining a C/4 or above.

Barnsley pupils have done well, with 59 percent achieving a standard pass in English and maths (grades 4 to 9).

Tougher exams were introduced this year - while a new grading system was also put in place for some subjects.

Grade 9 is the highest - and has been awarded to fewer pupils than A*.

Grades 9, 8 and 7, correspond to the old top grades of A* and A.

A grade 6 is a bit higher than the old B grade. Unlike the old system, under which a C is seen as a "good" pass - the new system has a "standard pass", a grade 4, and a "strong pass", grade 5.

Coun Tim Cheetham, Cabinet Spokesperson for People (Achieving Potential), said: “Although comparisons are difficult, we had our best ever year last year and this year, indicative results show we have sustained this improvement.

“The students have demonstrated great hard work and commitment, which has really paid off. They’ve experienced some dramatic changes this year with new, tougher exams sat for the first time. I’d like to congratulate them and wish them well for the future."