Building work has started on the new £6m Corby Technical School.
The school, which is part of the Brooke Weston Trust, is being built in Cottingham Road, and will be equipped with the latest equipment and technology.
Contractors Mansell Balfour Beatty has been appointed by the trust to build the school, which will open its doors during the next academic year (2013-14).
The two-storey secondary building will house faculties in wings, as well as a sports hall, technology area, library and theatre. Designed to cater for 475 pupils, it will have glass-fronted classrooms, accommodating smaller class sizes.
The theatre is being built thanks to a generous donation from the Weston Foundation.
Chief executive of Brooke Weston Trust, Sir Peter Simpson, dug the first sod at the ceremony to mark the start of building work.
He told Year 7 students, who are now being taught in the former Firdale Centre, in Cottingham Road: “This is a momentous day in the history of Corby Technical School.
“This new school building has been designed to allow you to explore every inch of your technical abilities.
“It represents the great investment in schools in the Corby area and will add to the already impressive group of secondary schools in the town.”
Principal Angela Reynolds said: “The new building will be fantastic and one that our students will love to learn in. It is great to see construction work start and we cannot wait to move in. The new building will mean that we can develop our technical curriculum to its full potential.”
At the sod cutting ceremony Mansell Balfour Beatty presented the school with a model JCB and stainless steel shovel, which will be engraved and displayed in the new building.
Ian Taylor, delivery unit director at Balfour Beatty, said: “I am very excited to be able to deliver such a high profile project that will give local young people fantastic opportunities to establish their careers in the technical industry. I look forward to delivering this specialised facility on time, within budget and to an extremely high standard.”
Corby Technical School is a free school and opened in September 2012.