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Barnsley's GCSE results better than National Average

Wednesday October 12 2016


The number of pupils achieving five GCSEs at Grades A* - C has risen to 55 per cent this year. The number of pupils achieving five GCSEs at Grades A* - C has risen to 55 per cent this year.


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.”




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Reply Posted by John P on Wednesday October 12 2016 at 12:06
Great,well done to students AND teachers.
Not clear if all schools have shown progress or if good results at some schools are masking any failing.

Reply Posted by Teacher from Barnsley on Wednesday October 12 2016 at 13:51
Well done, Barnsley schools, children, teachers and parents.
John P - it will be an average for the Borough so some schools will have done a lot better than the national average and some will have achieved lower results.
You can no doubt find results for individual schools, they tend to publish them on their websites.
There is still some way to go though! I grew up in Barnsley, I taught in Barnsley, over 35 years I have taught in a lot of schools in 3 main areas of the country. In my current school a very high proportion of children have English as an additional Language. It is a deprived area, my school is not an academy, in the summer our children exceeded the national average in A - C grades including English & Maths by far ( 68+%) It can be done!
In my view, the main difference is parents and partnership with parents. Some parents trust teachers and schools to do their best for children. Some parents seem to regard teachers as an enemy and just seek conflict all the time.
Good luck Barnsley Schools!

Reply Posted by John P on Wednesday October 12 2016 at 14:44
Thanks teacher,all teachers have my respect,not a job I would want.

Reply Posted by Sarah on Wednesday October 12 2016 at 14:43
Teacher from Barnsley, my children attend a secondary school in barnsley that isn't an academy and has also massively improved its results. The area is deprived, the kids have had no hope of getting anywhere in life in the past but over the past few years with a head that cares about the kids before the money and a change over of alot of teachers the school is now in the 60+ percentage for maths and english results. With the help of parents and teachers all schools should be aiming this high.

Reply Posted by Teacher from Barnsley on Wednesday October 12 2016 at 17:51
I am very pleased for your children's school. It sounds like a really caring head, good teachers and parents on board are all making the difference. Hope it carries on like it is and doesn't get academised.


Reply Posted by Sarah on Wednesday October 12 2016 at 18:54
Teacher from Barnsley, they tried going down the academy route, just for a few months but decided it wasnt for them so it went back to normal. She is a lovely head stern but fair always says hi to parents on open evenings and always stops for a chat with anyone who needs a minute. Some parents dont like her because shes in charge not the kids but thats how it should be and long may it carry on.