Designed by BDP Architects, the new academy building is being built on the land adjacent to the existing school buildings on Oaks Lane, which will remain open throughout the construction works.
Work is due to be completed in August 2013 when the old buildings will be demolished to make way for sports pitches.
The work is set to include the construction of new teaching spaces, a sports hall and the installation of a ground source heat pump to boost efficiency and reduce the operational costs of heating and cooling the school buildings.
David Price, Business Unit Director for Wates Construction, Yorkshire, added: “Our extensive experience in the successful delivery of education facilities across the region has generated a solid understanding of the needs of the academy.
“We have an excellent site team in place who will work hard to integrate the pupils of Dixons Allerton in the construction of their new school.”
The new building for Dixons Allerton Academy is being funded by Partnership for Schools on behalf of the Department for Education, with £5m funding from Bradford Council.