Rotherham schools are still the most successful in county

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Rotherham’s secondary schools are again the most successful in the county with the town ranked 41st in the national table.

The borough’s A*-C pass rate is now 63.6 per cent, up a healthy 3.6 per cent on the 2012 results.

Three schools – Swinton, Maltby and Rawmarsh – are in the national 200 most improved rankings. Aston, Dinnington and Maltby are in the top 200 for vocational courses.

Wickersley, Aston, Wath and St Bernard’s schools produced the best GCSE pass rates, all over 70 per cent, while Clifton remains the only secondary below the 40 per cent floor target.

Doncaster is 122nd in the GCSE tables, much the same as last year, while Barnsley has improved slightly to 143rd place from 147.

Barnsley’s top state school is still Penistone Grammar – with its GCSE rass rate up by 18 per cent to 80.

The new Horizon Advanced Learning Centre had a good first year’s results, with a 63 per cent pass rate.

But the town’s problems were reflected by news that three secondaries are below the critical 40 per cent mark – including Barnsley Academy which two years ago was praised as the most improved school in Yorkshire.

Rotherham is also the highest rated authority for its A-level results, 35th out of 150, with Doncaster on 113 and Barnsley on 141.

Doncaster also has one of the most improved schools in the country, Outwood Academy at Adwick, which has improved its results by 15 per cent over a four year period.

Dronfield Henry Fanshawe School’s results held steady on 69 per cent, 11th in Derbyshire.