BARNSLEY's highest paid headteacher is to oversee two struggling secondary schools next year.

Interviews for the new so-called 'super head' to oversee both Carlton Community College and Shafton ALC are to be held in November - with a six-figure salary on offer.

The Academies Enterprise Trust (AET), which sponsors both schools, says it wants top teachers to come forward for the role.

The substantial salary is being offered for the post to attract the best candidates as well as 'a generous benefits package and relocation expenses'.

The job was advertised on October 10 and interviews will start on November 4.

The successful candidate will start in April, with the schools becoming academies next spring.

The executive principal is needed to rapidly bring about school improvements and raise standards of teaching and learning across both academies, AET says.

AET spokesman Mike Barnett, said the model had been used in other areas to help schools through a significant period of change.

"Shafton ALC and Carlton Community College are going through a significant period of change. We would want to place the job at a sufficient level to get a really good candidate in place by going for that extra responsibility that can attract a first class candidate, and the salary reflects that responsibility."

Both schools remain in special measures - Ofsted's lowest school grading. 

But Shafton ALC celebrated its best GCSE results this summer since it opened - with 41 per cent of pupils achieving five A* to C grades - passing the government target of 40 per cent.

Carlton Community College narrowly missed the benchmark with 39 per cent, but marked its best GCSE results since it opened.

"There's no doubt these schools are improving," Mr Barnett said.