Some of the first prospective students of the Derby Manufacturing University Technical College (UTC) helped to mark the start of building work on the new campus in Pride Park.
Matthew Bell (15), Connor Richardson (15) and Meena Khetani (13) joined principal designate Philip Morris to cut the first sod on the site in Locomotive Way.
The UTC is due to open next September for students in years 10 and 12 who will study core GCSEs, A-levels and engineering qualifications enhanced by project-based learning, work placements, employer site visits and industry expert lectures.
Meena, currently a pupil at the City of Derby Academy, said: “I have always been more interested in practical skills . . . coming to the UTC in year 10 will enable me to do my GCSEs alongside engineering.”
Main pic: Matthew Bell, far left, Connor Richmond, Philip Morris, Naina Khetani and Meena Khetani