School visit from star a sur­prise Twist

Singer-song­writer passes on tips to stu­dents

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

STU­DENTS at the Global Acad­emy were treated to a sur­prise visit from one of the world’s hottest male solo artists, Nathan Sykes.

Fresh from his per­for­mance on The X Fac­tor, Nathan took time out from promoting his de­but solo al­bum, Un­fin­ished Busi­ness, to meet stu­dents at the new state school in Hayes.

The Global Acad­emy was set up by Ash­ley Ta­bor, founder of me­dia and en­ter­tain­ment group, Global, and opened in Septem­ber.

The school is pre­par­ing stu­dents for ca­reers in the broad­cast and digital me­dia in­dus­tries and pro­vides aca­demic and vo­ca­tional train­ing for 14 to 19-year-olds.

The big sur­prise came when spe­cial guest Mr Sykes walked into the school as­sem­bly hall and took part in a 60-minute ques­tion and an­swer ses­sion with stu­dents, hosted by school prin­ci­pal Si­mon Collins.

Stu­dents asked the singer song­writer a host of ques­tions cov­er­ing how he got into the in­dus­try, where he draws his in­spi­ra­tion and who is the most fa­mous per­son among his con­tacts.

Dur­ing the visit, Mr Sykes was given a tour of the Global Acad­emy’s broad­cast and digital me­dia fa­cil­i­ties, in­clud­ing TV, ra­dio and mix­ing stu­dios.

When asked what he would be do­ing if he wasn’t a singer-song­writer, Mr Sykes said: “I’d prob­a­bly teach. I think it’s re­ally in­spir­ing to watch peo­ple go on their own jour­ney. I’d love to help peo­ple iden­tify what they’re into and de­velop their ta­lents.

Nathan con­tin­ued: “This morn­ing has been great fun and brought back mem­o­ries of my own school days. To see how pas­sion­ate the stu­dents and teach­ers are about the in­dus­try is re­ally in­spir­ing. It was great to be able to share my ex­pe­ri­ences with the stu­dents and I hope my ad­vice can go some way to help­ing the stu­dents re­alise their dreams.”

Prin­ci­pal Mr Collins said: “To see the ex­cite­ment on the stu­dents’ faces when Nathan walked into our as­sem­bly was a re­minder of why the Global Acad­emy is just so in­cred­i­bly spe­cial.

“Nathan kindly took the time to share his ad­vice on work­ing in the mu­sic in­dus­try and I know the stu­dents found it a hugely re­ward­ing ses­sion and are grate­ful for his in­sights.”

Stu­dents learn the prac­ti­cal and tech­ni­cal skills needed to help them se­cure jobs in ra­dio and TV pro­duc­tion, broad­cast en­gi­neer­ing, app and web de­vel­op­ment, script writ­ing, event man­age­ment, ra­dio pro­duc­tion, broad­cast jour­nal­ism and other pro­fes­sions.

This year the Global Acad­emy took 200 stu­dents and by 2020, it will reach its 800 ca­pac­ity.

To find out more about the school and to at­tend an open day, visit: glob­al­a­cademy.com.

HEAD­LIN­ERS: Mr Sykes, right, with Ash­ley Ta­bor, founder of he Global Acad­emy and the Global me­dia and en­ter­tain­men group.

STAR MAN: Singer-song­writer Nathan Sykes vis­ited the Global Acad­emy

THE GANG AND COOL: Mr Sykes, cen­tre, meets the stu­dents

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