HARTFORD High School is planning to become a centre of excellence for language and sport.
The school has until October to put a detailed bid together and raise the £50,000 needed.
The granting of special status will mean a massive injection of cash totalling £600,000 over four years, aimed at raising standards across the whole curriculum.
There would be enormous benefits for the community, with a third of the additional funding directed into community provision.
Headteacher Dr David Kirby said languages and sport had strong elements in common with the development of pupils' ability to succeed.
He said: 'The phrase 'the international language of sport' encapsulates this idea.
'At present, the school is undertaking audits aimed at identifying needs both for the schools and for the community, which the language and sport college would address.
'As a centre of excellence, we will improve the teaching, learning and provision of opportunities in language and sport.' The County High School, Leftwich, is nearly ready to submit its bid for media arts status after receiving two 'substantial donations' - but more money is still needed.
Headteacher Alan Sieber said the money will make a difference to the bid, but there is still a way to go.
He said: 'Both of these contributions are hugely significant, but we have still not reached the total sum we require in sponsorship despite these recent contributions.'
The school is still hoping to attract more donations from the business community and is keen for any business that wishes to contribute to get in touch with the school on 01606 41511.