Prin­ci­pal named for new col­lege

Global Acad­emy set to open in 2016

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Steve Bax steve.bax@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A SOON-to-be built col­lege in Hayes which will pre­pare young peo­ple for ca­reers in me­dia has ap­pointed a prin­ci­pal.

Global Acad­emy will open at the site of old vinyl fac­tory in Hayes in Septem­ber 2016, and will train 14 to 18 year olds in broad­cast and dig­i­tal me­dia.

Sharon Weir has been ap­pointed by Global me­dia and en­ter­tain­ment group to head up the new tech­ni­cal col­lege.

She has 30 years ex­pe­ri­ence in ed­u­ca­tion and holds de­grees from St An­drew’s and Har­vard Univer­sity.

From 2005 to 2015 she was prin­ci­pal and ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of New West Char­ter An­ge­les.

Sharon said: “The Global Acad­emy is an in­cred­i­bly ex­cit­ing and in­no­va­tive project to be a part of, and I’m look­ing for­ward to open­ing the doors in Septem­ber to wel­come our first in­flux of stu­dents.

“Over the course of their time at the Global Acad­emy, I’ll be com­mit­ted to making sure ev­ery stu­dent leaves equipped with the skills they need to be­come the next gen­er­a­tion of lead­ers in the broad­cast­ing and dig­i­tal me­dia in­dus­tries.

“The acad­emy will have state of the art fa­cil­i­ties in­clud­ing ex­ten­sive record­ing and film­ing stu­dio space, a the­atre and a four-storey atrium.”

Ash­ley Ta­bor, Global’s founder and ex­ec­u­tive

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Los pres­i­dent, said: “Sharon is a truly in­spi­ra­tional leader with a ca­reer in ed­u­ca­tion that spans more than three decades and two con­ti­nents.

“Un­der her lead­er­ship, New West Char­ter be­came one of the most highly re­garded in­sti­tu­tions in Cal­i­for­nia and Sharon is the per­fect per­son to run the new Global Acad­emy.”

The Old Vinyl Fac­tory in Hayes is the for­mer home of EMI where land­mark broad­cast engi­neer­ing devel­op­ments were made, in­clud­ing the de­vel­op­ment of the stereo.

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