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Excavator manufacturer JCB opens waiting list for its engineering academy

THE JCB Academy has opened a waiting list for places at the unique £22 million regional centre of learning after becoming fully subscribed months ahead of its September opening.

A total of 170 young people have enrolled for Year 10 and the Sixth Form places at The Academy which will help nurture the UK engineers and business leaders of the future.

The enthusiastic response of parents and students to the only learning establishment of its kind in the UK means applicants now going on a waiting list in case some of the allocated places are not taken up at the start of the inaugural term.

JCB Academy Principal Jim Wade said: "We are delighted that The Academy is fully subscribed and that it has proven to be so popular that there is now a waiting list for places. I am sure this kind of interest will continue in the future."

The Academy, based in the renovated historic Grade II listed Tutbury Mill, close to JCB’s World Headquarters at Rocester, will welcome 120 Year 10 students (14-year-olds) who over two years will study for the new Diplomas in Engineering and Business as well as GCSEs in the core subjects of Maths, English, Sciences, a modern foreign language and ICT.

In addition 50 Year 12 Sixth Form students have been awarded places to study for Advanced Engineering and Advanced Business Diplomas. Eventually, the world-class learning facility which is the only education provider of its kind in the UK, will cater for a maximum of 540 young people.

Like other state schools, the JCB Academy is funded by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF), but as main sponsor JCB contributed 10 per cent of the capital and donated Tutbury Mill. Applications for entry into year 10 for 2011 open in September.

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