The rebuild will replace the existing King Henry VIII High School and combine it with the Deri View Primary School to create a single 1,900 place all-through school for three to 19-year-olds.
Plans for the school were put before councillors earlier this year when the existing comprehensive school’s building was considered for replacement.
Morgan Sindall has now got the go-ahead to break ground on the project.
Phase 1 of the development will focus on the construction of the main school, with phase 2 involving the demolition of the existing building and creation of a hockey pitch. Groundworks are currently taking place to plateau the hill on which the school will be built.
Rob Williams, area director at Morgan Sindall Construction, said the new school has been designed to be net zero in operation, running on building and ground mounted solar panels with mains electric back up.
The design includes 18 electric vehicle charging points and rainwater harvesting as well as storm water retention storage.
Morgan Sindall Construction is also using modern methods of construction including site metering and AI to detect when heaters and electronics have been left on but are not in use.