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UCL Academy

UCL Academy
Established 2012
Type Non-selective academy
Principal Geraldine Davies
Chair of Governors Professor David Price
Location Adelaide Road
Swiss Cottage
DfE number 202/4000
DfE URN 137181 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Ages 11–18
Affiliations University College London
Website .uk.couclacademy

The UCL Academy is a secondary school located in London, United Kingdom and sponsored by University College London (UCL).[1] It is a non-selective academy school for the 11 to 18 age group, and is based in Swiss Cottage in Camden.[1] It opened in September 2012 with 180 students in Year 7 and is planned to grow year-on-year until reaching full capacity in September 2015.[2]


The concept of a new academy school in Camden sponsored by UCL was first announced by Malcolm Grant, the UCL Provost, in November 2007.[3] In March 2010 Sylvia Jones, headteacher at Valentines High School in Ilford, Essex, was appointed as the first Principal of the Academy, and Professor David Price, Vice-Provost (Research) of UCL, as Chair of the Academy Governing Body.[4] In July 2010 it was reported that Sylvia Jones would no longer be taking up the role of Principal, and would instead be remaining at Valentines High School.[5]

On 6 August 2010 Education Secretary Michael Gove announced that the Academy would receive a requested £30 million capital allocation and would therefore proceed.[6][7] It was revealed on 9 September 2010 that the opening of the Academy had been delayed for one year, and would now open in September 2012.[2]

The Academy admitted its first pupils in September 2012.[8]

The principal is Geraldine Davies.


The Academy is housed in new, purpose-built accommodation located on Adelaide Road.[9] Facilities in the new accommodation include:

  • suites of rooms for cross curricular general learning called Superstudios;
  • suites of rooms for art, music and drama, including performance spaces;
  • science laboratories, and a science demonstration theatre for lectures, experiments and talks by visiting academics from UCL;
  • an engineering science suite, including workshops and technology and science labs; and
  • House areas, providing places for students to eat together, and for informal study during breaks and before and after school.[9]

Plans for the new building received planning permission in August 2010.[10]


The Academy specialises in mathematics, engineering and science.[11] Foreign languages are compulsory for 11 to 16-year-olds and Mandarin is taught .[12]

See also


  1. ^ a b "Home". UCL Academy. Retrieved 9 September 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "UCL Academy to open one year late". Camden New Journal. 9 September 2010. Retrieved 10 September 2010. 
  3. ^ "Natural progression". The Guardian. 20 November 2007. Retrieved 7 September 2010. 
  4. ^ "Principal appointed to lead new UCL Academy". University College London. Retrieved 9 September 2010. 
  5. ^ "University College London Academy’s first head Sylvia Jones quits role". Camden New Journal. 22 July 2010. Retrieved 7 September 2010. 
  6. ^ "UCL Academy to proceed". University College London. Retrieved 9 September 2010. 
  7. ^ "Michael Gove’s go-ahead as UCL academy survives big cuts". Camden New Journal. 12 August 2010. Retrieved 7 September 2010. 
  8. ^ "School of the future... new state superschool UCL Academy". London Evening Standard. 10 September 2012. Retrieved 15 September 2012. 
  9. ^ a b "New building". UCL Academy. Retrieved 9 September 2010. 
  10. ^ "UCL Academy looks set to get Gove's green light". Hampstead & Highgate Express. 6 August 2010. Retrieved 7 September 2010. 
  11. ^ "Academy ethos and values". UCL Academy. Retrieved 9 September 2010. 
  12. ^ "Emphasis on Mandarin at UCL academy". London Evening Standard. 22 September 2008. Retrieved 7 September 2010. 

External links

  • The UCL Academy
  • University College London
  • Camden Council

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