A headteacher has been appointed for Chapeltown Academy, the sixth-form college due to open next September.
The governing body has chosen Rebecca Maxted, who starts officially on January 1, although she has already visited some local schools, including Ecclesfield and Yewlands.
A Cambridge graduate, who is currently head of academic studies at Hyde Clarendon sixth form in Manchester, she is being given a brief of helping to provide “an outstanding and academically stretching education to A-level pupils in north Sheffield, Rotherham and Barnsley”.
Chapeltown Academy will be a Government-financed free school, designed to prepare students for the nation’s top universities and professions. Backers say there are 12 secondary schools within a five-mile radius of Chapeltown, but only one sixth form, at Forge Valley School in Stannington.
Discussion are being held over premises for the college, which is expected to have a maximum of 150 students in each year group.