A ‘free’ secondary school could be set up in Rugby after the Department for Education agreed to meet with the proposers.
The secondary school for pupils aged 11-19 hopes to open in September 2016.
It has been proposed by the Trust behind Rugby Free Primary School, which has received a high number of applications and is due to open at Central Park in September.
The secondary school plans to open with an intake of 180 Year 7 students and grow organically, reaching full capacity of 1,260 students in 2022.
It would be non-selective and free to attend.
If approved, Rugby Free Secondary School would be a ‘STEMM’ school with a focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics and an additional focus on the study of music.
Lead proposer and Rugby resident, Tom Legge, said: “Being shortlisted for interview by the DfE is a major step forward for the project as it is the next stage of the process. We’re looking forward to the opportunity to discuss our plans in depth and demonstrate our vision, motivation and ability run a successful secondary school in Rugby.
“We are thrilled with the high level of support shown by the local community for Rugby Free Secondary School.
“To be successful at this next stage we need to show that we have continued and growing support from parents and from within the community. If you haven’t already done so, please register your interest by visiting www.rugbyfreesecondary.co.uk/register”
The interview will take place later this month and the final decision is expected in the autumn.