JCB Academy closes door to engineering hopefuls

Aaron Morby 13 years ago
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THE JCB Academy has been forced to open waiting lists to hopefull students looking for a career in engineering.

Demand is so high that the Academy is having to turn youngsters away more than six months before the first course is due to start.

A total of 170 young people have enrolled for Year 10 and the Sixth Form places at the recently opened £22m  Academy, which aims to train the next generation of engineers.

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.”

Eventually, the learning facility, which is the only education provider of its kind in the UK, will cater for 540 youngsters.

This year the Academy, based close to JCB’s headquarters at Rocester, will welcome 120 14-year-olds to study new Diplomas in Engineering and Business as well as GCSEs in the core subjects of Maths, English, Sciences, a modern foreign language and ICT.

It will also open its doors to 50 sixth form students awarded places to study for advanced engineering and advanced business diplomas.

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% of the capital and donated the historic grade II listed Tutbury Mill.

Applications for entry into year 10 for 2011 open in September.

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