Construction starts at new media college
Broadcast and digital industry to benefit from academy
CONSTRUCTION has begun in Hayes on the site of the Old Vinyl Factory for a new media college which is due to open in September 2016.
Media and entertainment group Global announced that its university technical college will house 800 students looking to work in the broadcast and digital media industry.
Ashley Tabor, Global’s founder and executive president, who came up with the idea of the academy, said: “There is a real shortage of young people coming out of school with the skills needed to work in the broadcast and digital media industries.
“The Global Academy will give our students the practical skills they need to hit the ground running, as well as teaching them core subjects in a practical way.”
and vocational training will come together for 14 to 18 year-olds who will sit GCSEs and A levels, as well as train to get the digital skills needed to work in the industry.
Courses, which are accredited by the college’s partner University of Arts London (UAL), will include radio and TV production broadcast engineering, app and web development, script writing and journalistic choices.
Councillor David Simmonds, deputy leader and cabinet member for education and children’s services, said: “This college will be transformative in a rapidly developing area for young people with a media focus in Hayes.
“The council is delighted that both students and teachers can
other bring a new element of education and entrepreneurship to the borough.”
Plans for the academy include extensive recording and filming studio space, a theatre and a four-storey atrium.
Students will be taught a mainstream key stage four and key stage five curriculum together with diplomas in broadcast and digital media.
Open days are already open for registration when the principal will be available to speak to prospective students.
Mr Tabor said: “We want to give young people from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to get a foot on the ladder in the media industry and connect the dots between their core GCSEs and A-levels, and practical life skills needed in the real world.” HILLINGDON head teachers have attended a reception at Brunel to celebrate the university’s success at teacher training.
Brunel University’s education department has been graded ‘outstanding’ by government inspectors in every aspect of its training of teachers in partnership with a wide range of local schools.
The partnership involves almost 300 schools in Hillingdon and west London, including those deemed to have ‘challenging circumstances’.
Many trainee teachers go on to find jobs in schools in the area.
Department head, Professor Viv Ellis, said: “Receiving an outstanding judgement from Ofsted for all aspects of both primary and secondary teacher education provision at Brunel is fantastic news and very rare in the sector.”
Ofsted inspectors stated that the partnership between Uxbridge-based Brunel and the schools was ‘exceptionally strong because all involved are working collaboratively to improve pupil and student outcomes’.
n ‘OUTSTANDING’: from Brunel
Deputy mayor John Hensley with Cathy Gower and Professor Zahir Irani
n ‘TRANSFORMATIVE’: An artist’s impression of the Global Academy