Barnsley is ‘worst place’ to be a teenager

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BARNSLEY is the worst place in the Yorkshire region to be a teenager, according to a new report.

Educational specialists Ambitious Minds also said the town ranked fifth from the bottom across the entire country because of its poor educational attainment of its young people.

Other considered factors included levels of youth unemployment, social indicators and the affordability of housing.

But a Barnsley College student and its principal say there are opportunities and achievement in the town.

Fashion student Hannah Jones, aged 21, from Royston, is part of a group who won an entrepeneur award for their business.

She said: “I think there are lots of opportunities for teenagers in Barnsley, you just have to look for them.

“I think people work hard and there is support at college through tutors and other schemes to help you achieve your goals.”

Principal Colin Booth added: “Our recent Excellence Awards evening is one of many examples where the achievements of the young people of Barnsley are celebrated.

“This event is made possible by the sponsorship of local, regional and national sponsors who all work to support our students and the town.

“I am proud to be principal of such a dynamic and high-achieving college and the excellence awards provide a fitting tribute to those students who go above and beyond in their studies and in college life.”

The Frustration of Aspiration: Being a teenager in England report highlighted problems which teenagers and young adults face once they leave education.

Barnsley is better than Middlesbrough, Rochdale, Great Yarmouth and Knowsley.