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UCL Academy
UCL Academy logo.jpg
Adelaide Road

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TypeNon-selective academy
Department for Education URN137181 Tables
Chair of GovernorsProfessor David Price
PrincipalRobin Street and Simon McBride
Age11 to 18
AffiliationsUniversity College London

The UCL Academy is a secondary school located in Camden, London, United Kingdom and sponsored by UCL.[1] It opened in September 2012 with 180 students in Year 7 and recently reached full capacity as of September 2017.[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]

On 6 August 2010 Education Secretary Michael Gove announced that the Academy would receive a requested £30 million capital allocation and would therefore proceed.[4][5] 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.[6]

The school operates under a co-principal model.[7] Its co-principals are Robin Street and Simon McBride.


The Academy is housed in new, purpose-built accommodation located on Adelaide Road.[8] 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.[8]

Plans for the new building received planning permission in August 2010.[9]


The Academy specialises in mathematics, engineering and science.[10] Foreign languages are compulsory for 11- to 16-year-olds and Mandarin is taught .[11]

See also


  1. ^ "Who We Are". UCL Academy. Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  2. ^ a b Tom Foot (9 September 2010). "UCL Academy to open one year late". Camden New Journal. Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  3. ^ Malcolm Grant (20 November 2007). "Natural progression". Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  4. ^ "UCL Academy to proceed". University College London. 6 August 2010. Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  5. ^ "Michael Gove's go-ahead as UCL academy survives big cuts". Camden New Journal. 12 August 2010. Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  6. ^ "School of the future... new state superschool UCL Academy". London Evening Standard. 10 September 2012. Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  7. ^ "Message from the Co-Principals". UCL Academy. Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  8. ^ a b "New building". UCL Academy. Retrieved 9 September 2010.
  9. ^ "UCL Academy looks set to get Gove's green light". Hampstead & Highgate Express. 6 August 2010. Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  10. ^ "Academy ethos and values". UCL Academy. Retrieved 9 September 2010.
  11. ^ "Emphasis on Mandarin at UCL academy". London Evening Standard. 22 September 2008. Retrieved 7 September 2010.

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