Baroness Floella backs new col­lege

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

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’.”

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