Plans for new Sheffield school

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EDUCATION chiefs are considering plans for a new sixth form school in north Sheffield.

An application for the free school, to be called Chapeltown Academy and to cater for 300 pupils aged 16 to 19, has been submitted to the Department for Education. The school would open in September 2014 if approved.

A group of teachers and education workers behind the scheme believe it would offer some of Sheffield’s brightest pupils the chance to shine, and plug a gap in education provision for gifted youngsters in the area.

Education secretary Michael Gove is expected to make a decision on the proposal this Spring.

Tom Beaumont, a steering committee member and teacher in West Yorkshire, said: “We have been working with the community for the last eight months and have been overwhelmed by the level of local support.

“To date over 300 families have already come forward to support our proposals.”

The academy would aim to provide a ‘rigorous academic education with a unique support network and rich extra-curricular activities’ so students could go on to study at leading universities.

Its plans won a place on a national programme from the New Schools Network to give support to groups setting up new schools.

An event on March 2 will give potential students and their families a taste of life at the academy.

Mr Beaumont added: “Any students, particularly in the north of Sheffield and Barnsley who envisage taking traditional academic A-Levels and who have the aspirations to go to a leading university, are strongly recommended to attend.”

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