Major plans to transform secondary eduction in Lutterworth are set to go ahead after schools agreed a way forward.
The changes will see Lutterworth High School cater for children aged 11 to 16, and Lutterworth College becoming an 11 to 19 school from September 2015.
The governing bodies of both schools voted in favour of the change following a public consultation in which 70 per cent of parents filling in a questionnaire came out in support of it.
The schools said the re-organisation will give parents a greater choice over where to send their children for secondary education.
The opening of the Sir Frank Whittle Studio School in Lutterworth next September will add to that choice, they added.
Sponsored by the college, the studio school will allow students to specialise in engineering, retail and logistics, and hospitality and leisure between the ages of 14 and 19.
A joint statement from the college’s executive principal Andrew Cooper and high school head teacher Nora Parker said: “We will continue to work in partnership with each other whilst at the same time maintaining the core values which reflect the distinctive culture and ethos of each school.
“We will also continue to operate closely with our family of schools and with Brockington College to ensure that any collaboration is positive and productive.”
Under the current system, pupils attend the high school from the ages of 11 to 14 before moving on to Lutterworth College for GCSEs, A-Levels and other further qualifications.
Following the changes, admission numbers at the high school each year will be 150, with 240 at Lutterworth College and 75 at the studio school.
The next stage in the process – to begin in January 2014 – is consultation on the admissions criteria for both schools.
Meanwhile, open evenings for the studio school are taking place in the coming weeks.
The first is at the college in Bitteswell Road on Wednesday, November 6, at 6.30pm. A second will be held on November 19.
The school, which last week confirmed the appointment of college assistant principal Paul Hostead as its head teacher, will have 75 places in Year 10 and 35 in Year 12 during the first year of opening.