Admissions are now open for a new style school in Lutterworth where students could land themselves paid work placements with big-name firms.
Last week also marked the start of a consultation where people can express their views about the new school and its plans.
The Sir Frank Whittle Studio School is set to open near Lutterworth College in Bitteswell Road in September 2014 and students are now able to apply for a limited number of places: 75 are available for Year 10 students and 35 for Year 12.
It will be only the third studio school to open in the county.
Andrew Cooper, executive principal of The Lutterworth Academies Trust which sponsors the new school and who is also the principal at Lutterworth College, said: “This is a unique opportunity for students to follow courses with industry-specific training in engineering, retail and logistics or leisure and tourism alongside GCSEs in English, maths, science and a variety of other subjects.
“We think the mix of high- quality academic and vocational learning, in new state of the art facilities, will inspire students to achieve well.
The Sir Frank Whittle Studio School will be a 14-19 academy with a maximum size of 300 students offering specialist training in engineering, travel and tourism and retail and logistics.
The Lutterworth Academies Trust believes the creation of the Sir Frank Whittle Studio School is one of the most exciting educational developments it has been involved in and sees it as a forward-thinking idea.
Its business partners include Serco, Waitrose, Caterpillar, Asda, Kilworth House Hotel and East Midlands Airport.
In the first year, admissions will be available to students starting Year 10 and Year 12.
The consultation period started on Monday and runs until Friday, November 15.
The school is named after engineer Sir Frank who pioneered the turbojet engine from his Ladywood Works site in Lutterworth in the 1920s and 30s.
It will also offer a range of extra-curricular activities for students to take part in such as the Duke of Edinburgh scheme, Formula 1 in schools, photography and digital graphics, car maintenance, music and sports.
Year 10 students can apply via www.leics.gov.uk/admissions and Year 12 students at www.sirfrankwhittlestudioschool.com.