Sheffield’s first free school plan approved

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A new sixth form aimed is set to open in Sheffield next year after education chiefs approved the proposal today.

Proposals for Chapeltown Academy were given the go-ahead by the Department for Education yesterday and it is the first ‘free’ school plan in Sheffield to be given the green light.

The sixth form would offer 300 students the chance to study ‘rigorous A-Level subjects in a small, focused and dynamic environment’.

It also aims to fill what project leaders say is a gap in the area for academic rather than vocational post-16 provision.

Currently students in the area are travelling long distances to take the A-Levels that they need.

Tom Beaumont, a spokesman for the academy trust, said: “It’s very good news and we are looking to be possibly the first free school to open in Sheffield.

“We are hoping to open in September 2014.”

See tomorrow’s Star for the full story.