Interserve has won a £30 million contract to design and build the new Leeds West Academy for Leeds City Council.
The project is being undertaken as part of the third phase of developments in the award-winning Leeds Building Schools for the Future programme.
The Academy, sponsored by E-ACT (Edutrust Academies Charitable Trust), will provide 1,200 places for pupils aged 11 to 16 and 300 for those over 16.
It is being built on the site of the Intake High School Arts College in Bramley, to the west of the city.
The new facilities are scheduled to open in September 2011 after which the old buildings will be demolished and the area will be re-landscaped to create a high quality, drained sports pitch.
Interserve Project Services managing director David Paterson said: “We are creating a facility with the capacity to transform the life-chances of children in west Leeds.”
Annette Hall, principal of the Leeds West Academy, said: “This isn’t just an investment in bricks and mortar, this is in the community and its young people.
“We believe that Leeds West will be a place which will inspire local young people for generations to come.”