The Global Academy
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The Global Academy, The Old Vinyl Factory, Blyth Road

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Coordinates51°30′17″N 0°25′37″W / 51.5046°N 0.4270°W / 51.5046; -0.4270Coordinates: 51°30′17″N 0°25′37″W / 51.5046°N 0.4270°W / 51.5046; -0.4270
TypeUniversity Technical College
Local authorityLondon Borough of Hillingdon
Department for Education URN142887 Tables
PrincipalJonty Archibald
Age14 to 19
Enrolment300 (eventual: 800) Edit this at Wikidata

The Global Academy is a University Technical College located on The Old Vinyl Factory[1] site in Hayes, London.[2][3]

The UTC opened in September 2016[4] and is sponsored by the media and entertainment group Global[5] and by University of the Arts London.[6]

In its first year, 100 students started in Year 10 and 100 in Year 12. In its second year, 150 students started in Year 10 and 75 in Year 12. The Academy will eventually have 800 students.[citation needed][when?]

On 20 April 2017, the Academy was officially opened by the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry in their capacity as patrons of "Heads Together", a mental health charity. Two breakfast shows from Global radio stations were broadcasting live from the Academy: Heart London Breakfast with Jamie Theakston, and Emma Bunton and Nick Ferrari on LBC.[7]

The academy has an online student radio station and TV channel, Youths Choice.[8]


  1. ^ Joshi-WLON, Amita (17 November 2015). "Old Vinyl Factory site to be transformed into new university for media in Hayes". MyLondon. Retrieved 31 January 2020.
  2. ^ "Applying for a Year 10 school place". UK: Hillingdon London Borough Council. Retrieved 31 January 2020.
  3. ^ Elton, Danielle (6 January 2020). "Meet the London teens securing exciting media roles thanks to their time at the Global Academy". MyLondon. Retrieved 31 January 2020.
  4. ^ Clementine, Katherine (11 February 2016). "Industry experts praise Hayes Global Academy media college". MyLondon. Retrieved 31 January 2020.
  5. ^ "Global To Open The Global Academy In September 2016".
  6. ^ "Global Academy UTC – University Technical Colleges".
  7. ^ "Global Updates".
  8. ^ "Student Stations – Global Academy".