|Chair of Governors||Professor David Price|
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|Affiliations||University College London|
The UCL Academy is a secondary school located in London, United Kingdom and sponsored by University College London (UCL). It is a non-selective academy school for the 11 to 18 age group, and is based in Swiss Cottage in Camden. 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.
The concept of a new academy school in Camden sponsored by UCL was first announced by Malcolm Grant, the UCL Provost, in November 2007. 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. 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.
On 6 August 2010 Education Secretary Michael Gove announced that the Academy would receive a requested £30 million capital allocation and would therefore proceed. 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.
The Academy admitted its first pupils in September 2012.
The principal is Geraldine Davies.
The Academy is housed in new, purpose-built accommodation located on Adelaide Road. 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.
Plans for the new building received planning permission in August 2010.
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