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Mixed Fortunes For Town In Ofsted Report

Wednesday December 17 2014

THE majority of Barnsley pupils are in secondary schools rated either 'inadequate' or 'requires improvement'.

But almost half of Barnsley's kids are now in schools rated 'good' or 'outstanding' by Ofsted - an improvement from less than a quarter a year ago.

Barnsley is now 11th from the bottom out of 150 local authorities in England in terms of the proportion of pupils in good or outstanding schools (48 per cent) but this is a jump from second-bottom last year, when it was 22 per cent.

The figures are included in Ofsted's national annual schools report, in which chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw says secondary schools aren't making enough progress.

Barnsley's primary schools fared better, with 79 per cent of pupils in schools rated good or outstanding - putting Barnsley 51 places from bottom out of the 150 areas.

Coun Tim Cheetham, the council's spokesman for education, said the council shared Ofsted's aims of improving secondary education.

"New leadership teams have been appointed and we're pleased to note that in the last 12 months inspection reports reflect the improving quality of provision and outcomes.

"Following recent inspections we have reduced the number of secondary schools in Ofsted categories 'special measures' or 'serious weaknesses' to two, and 40 per cent of maintained secondary schools are now judged to be ‘good’.

"We're pleased that the Ofsted report also mentions that Barnsley is in the top 20 per cent of local authorities nationally for improvement in children’s achievement at the end of key stage two."

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