Hull City Council has approved plans to build a new free school on the site of a former rugby ground.
The proposed £10 million free school, located in Airlie Street in the west of the city, will operate outside the control of the local authority.
Councillors paved the way for the project after approving the transfer of the site's lease over to the new school.
Council leader Steve Brady said: "We know many people oppose the principal of free schools but the government would find it pretty unusual for a city to be turning this down in an area where we are fighting tooth and nail to get regeneration funding put back in."
The free school, which will be able to hold 600 pupils, has already been approved by the government and a £9.2 million grant from the Department for Education has been secured.
Subject to securing planning permission for the Boulevard site, it is hoped the secondary school will open for year seven pupils in time for the 2013 academic year.
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