Demand for places at the JCB Academy is gathering pace – with the £22 million regional centre of learning not due to open its doors for the first intake of students until September 2010.
The Academy, at Tutbury Mill, Rocester, will specialise in educating young engineers and business leaders of the future and has just 40 vacancies for pupils aged 14 out of the 120 available places.
Recruitment is now also underway to fill the 50 places for the Sixth Form for students from Staffordshire, Derbyshire and the cities of Stoke-on-Trent and Derby.
JCB Academy Principal Jim Wade said: “I am delighted and heartened by the enthusiastic response we’ve had so far with 80 places taken, particularly that such a different approach to learning requires a leap of faith on the part of parents and students.
“We are different from schools because we offer an industry standard in machinery, IT and software rather than an educational standard. This unique curriculum will give our pupils a significant advantage by equipping them with the skills, knowledge and aptitude demanded by today’s employers.”
For the first two years students will study for the new Diplomas in Engineering and Business, as well as GCSEs in core subjects such as maths, English and the Sciences.