Baroness Floella backs new college
A NEW media college due to open in Hayes this year has had celebrity and industry endorsement.
Baroness Floella Benjamin OBE, a former children’s TV presenter and now a Liberal Democrat peer, has thrown her support behind the Global Academy project.
The college will be built on the site of the Old Vinyl Factory in Hayes and will open in September,
It will offer a mainstream curriculum of GCSEs and A-Levels alongside vocational training to equip students with the technical skills needed to work in the broadcast and digital media industry.
Baroness Benjamin said: “Once you have those creative skills on the curriculum, you find children are happier.”
Media and entertainment group Global announced that its university technical college will cater for 800 students looking to work in the broadcast and digital media industry and is said to be the “first of it’s kind”.
Another backer, Darcus Beese, president of Island Records, said: “When I first heard about the Global Academy, I thought: ‘I wish I was young again and that I could have gone to a school like that’.”