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<strong>2027</strong><br />

<strong>and</strong><br />

<strong>Beyond</strong><br />

Providing a Transformational Education for Every Child<br />

A five-year plan for the future of <strong>The</strong> <strong>UCL</strong> <strong>Academy</strong><br />

‘Learning to make a difference together’

Our mission is that students at <strong>The</strong> <strong>UCL</strong><br />

<strong>Academy</strong> experience an inspirational<br />

world-class education built on a culture of<br />

academic excellence, social responsibility<br />

<strong>and</strong> a transformational curriculum. This work<br />

is underpinned <strong>and</strong> inspired by the unique<br />

partnership with our sponsor <strong>UCL</strong>. It is<br />

important to us because we want:<br />

Our students to leave the <strong>Academy</strong> with the tools,<br />

experiences, values, knowledge <strong>and</strong> skills to fulfil their<br />

potential <strong>and</strong> play their part as global citizens in the 21st<br />

century.<br />

Our staff to be committed to exploring, testing <strong>and</strong> reviewing<br />

the most effective teaching <strong>and</strong> learning to ensure that<br />

our pedagogy is the most impactful, innovative, <strong>and</strong><br />

transformational it can be.<br />

Our curriculum to offer breadth, depth <strong>and</strong> balance for all<br />

our learners so that they can go out into the world of work to<br />

make a difference.<br />

Our community to be inclusive, supportive, open-minded<br />

<strong>and</strong> engaged <strong>and</strong> for us to continue to make the most of the<br />

support of our sponsor <strong>UCL</strong>.<br />

Over the last ten years, the <strong>Academy</strong> has established itself as<br />

a forward looking, welcoming <strong>and</strong> ambitious school. Rooted<br />

in serving our diverse local community, we have provided<br />

hundreds of students with a transformational curriculum <strong>and</strong><br />

exceptional facilities that have instilled a culture of aspiration<br />

<strong>and</strong> achievement. Supported <strong>and</strong> inspired by our sponsor<br />

<strong>UCL</strong>, the values of excellence, collaboration, kindness <strong>and</strong><br />

diversity remain at the forefront of the work we do here.<br />

<strong>The</strong> journey of the past ten years has been unique,<br />

overcoming adversity, celebrating achievements <strong>and</strong> evolving<br />

our practice. <strong>The</strong> next five years will build on the exceptional<br />

work of our sponsor, governors, staff, students <strong>and</strong> parent<br />

community in establishing our school. This paper provides<br />

the five-year vision <strong>and</strong> framework that outlines how we will<br />

work with the community, our sponsor <strong>and</strong> other partners in<br />

achieving this vision.<br />

Our 5 Priorities for 2022-<strong>2027</strong><br />

Broad, Ambitious <strong>and</strong> Impactful Curriculum<br />

Outst<strong>and</strong>ing Staff Body<br />

Education of the Whole Child<br />

Excellent Behaviour <strong>and</strong> Attitudes<br />

Financial Stability <strong>and</strong> Partnership<br />

Over the next five years, working alongside <strong>The</strong> Adelaide<br />

Opportunities Foundation, we look forward to further<br />

enriching the education <strong>and</strong> lives of all our students.<br />

Professor Lucie Green<br />

Chair of Governors<br />

Robin Street<br />

Co-Principal<br />

Simon McBride<br />

Co-Principal<br />


Our Values<br />

5 Year Strategic Priorities<br />

Excellence;<br />

Collaboration;<br />

Broad & balanced curriculum that educates the whole child;<br />

Community (belonging & kindness).<br />

Background<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Academy</strong> was founded in 2012 <strong>and</strong> this five-year strategy<br />

is, therefore, the third in our history. Over the last ten years,<br />

the <strong>Academy</strong> has established itself as a forward-looking,<br />

welcoming <strong>and</strong> ambitious school. <strong>The</strong> priorities have been<br />

drawn from consultation with all our stakeholders, current<br />

students, parents, staff, governors <strong>and</strong> sponsors.<br />

Context<br />

Our five-year strategy is built on the founding vision for<br />

the <strong>Academy</strong> <strong>and</strong> also reflects careful self-evaluation, the<br />

changing context of education <strong>and</strong> a recognition of the<br />

changing nature of the workplace.<br />

This strategy outlines the ambitions we have for all our<br />

students, staff <strong>and</strong> wider school community. Each year, our<br />

School Development Plan reflects these five priority areas. <strong>The</strong><br />

framework also allows us to remain an institution built on the<br />

principle of grounded innovation. Adapting the curriculum,<br />

adjusting our pedagogy <strong>and</strong> responding to societal <strong>and</strong><br />

technological changes will be necessary in the rapidly<br />

changing 21st century world.<br />

At the heart of all that we do will be ensuring that the moral<br />

purpose of our school is to provide an education that meets<br />

the needs of all our students <strong>and</strong> remains aspirational, broad,<br />

academically rigorous <strong>and</strong> relevant to the modern world.<br />


5 Year Strategic Priorities Broad, Ambitious <strong>and</strong> Impactful Curriculum<br />

• Exceptional <strong>and</strong> unique experiences for all students provided by our<br />

sponsor <strong>UCL</strong><br />

• Further evolution of our transformational, interdisciplinary curriculum<br />

working with the world’s leading academics<br />

“From the very first day I arrived<br />

at the <strong>Academy</strong>, I was given the<br />

opportunity to study all the core<br />

subjects alongside M<strong>and</strong>arin,<br />

Engineering, Computer Science<br />

<strong>and</strong> every single one of the Arts<br />

subjects. At the time, I did not<br />

appreciate the unique doors that<br />

were being opened for me.”<br />

<strong>UCL</strong> <strong>Academy</strong> Student, 2012-2019<br />

<strong>The</strong> curriculum developed at the <strong>Academy</strong> since<br />

we opened in 2012 is highly regarded as a broad,<br />

ambitious <strong>and</strong> impactful curriculum. Teachers at<br />

the <strong>Academy</strong> have exceptional subject knowledge<br />

<strong>and</strong> expertise <strong>and</strong> are proud to deliver lessons<br />

to our students that are academically rigorous,<br />

leading to excellent outcomes. Our inclusive<br />

curriculum has been designed to be relevant to<br />

every single one of our students. It is broad in its<br />

scope <strong>and</strong> impactful in ensuring the principles of<br />

lifelong learning are embedded into our students’<br />

minds. <strong>The</strong> facilities at the <strong>Academy</strong> provide<br />

unique specialised spaces that ensure a modern<br />

forward looking curriculum for students of all ages<br />

is provided.<br />

<strong>The</strong> priority for the next five years is to further build<br />

on this curriculum, reviewing carefully, evolving<br />

appropriately, <strong>and</strong> always maintaining a curriculum<br />

inspired by the academic <strong>and</strong> interdisciplinary<br />

principles of our sponsor <strong>UCL</strong>.<br />


5 Year Strategic Priorities Outst<strong>and</strong>ing Staff Body<br />

• All staff able to collaborate, innovate <strong>and</strong> engage in authentic research<br />

• A shift in the paradigm of staff professional development built on our<br />

partnership with our sponsor <strong>UCL</strong><br />

“Excellent training <strong>and</strong><br />

development of staff is in the DNA<br />

of the <strong>UCL</strong> <strong>Academy</strong>. <strong>The</strong> vision<br />

of the sponsor is for a school that<br />

gives staff the space, resources,<br />

<strong>and</strong> ambition to develop<br />

themselves as exceptional<br />

practitioners using research to<br />

inform <strong>and</strong> improve their practice.<br />

Subject specialism <strong>and</strong> pedagogic<br />

expertise are equally important. It<br />

is all underpinned by a pragmatic<br />

<strong>and</strong> authentic approach to<br />

research <strong>and</strong> innovation.”<br />

Assistant Principal Teaching <strong>and</strong> Learning, 2022<br />

Thanks to our unique partnership with <strong>UCL</strong>,<br />

outst<strong>and</strong>ing staff training <strong>and</strong> development is<br />

fundamental to our staff’s experience at <strong>The</strong> <strong>UCL</strong><br />

<strong>Academy</strong>. Recruiting <strong>and</strong> retaining an outst<strong>and</strong>ing<br />

staff body is underpinned by a culture of staff-led<br />

development <strong>and</strong> training that has always been a<br />

core feature since the <strong>Academy</strong> opened in 2012.<br />

Over the next five years, we will continue this work<br />

committed to training <strong>and</strong> inspiring staff to not just<br />

impact the lives of our students, but also in time to<br />

move onto leadership roles in other schools <strong>and</strong><br />

thus influence education more widely.<br />

With an already strong partnership with <strong>UCL</strong>, the<br />

next five years will see us prioritising embedding<br />

<strong>and</strong> building on further opportunities for staff<br />

development, particularly in areas of well-being,<br />

leadership development <strong>and</strong> our ongoing<br />

innovative work on pedagogy <strong>and</strong> curriculum.<br />

Through staff programmes such as 5 in 5, we aim<br />

to work with <strong>UCL</strong>, Camden Learning <strong>and</strong> the DFE<br />

to further improve professional development for all<br />

staff inside <strong>and</strong> outside the classroom.<br />


Outst<strong>and</strong>ing personal development inside <strong>and</strong> outside the classroom<br />

5 Year Strategic Priorities Education of the Whole Child<br />

“It is too easy for schools to<br />

focus on just one aspect of a<br />

child’s education. Educating the<br />

whole child is about helping<br />

young people develop personal<br />

attributes that prepare them<br />

for the modern world. <strong>The</strong><br />

<strong>Academy</strong> does this through a<br />

curriculum inside <strong>and</strong> outside<br />

the classroom that explicitly<br />

focuses on a student’s personal<br />

development, which is equally<br />

important as a student<br />

making the very best academic<br />

progress.”<br />

Co-Principal, 2022<br />

Educating the whole child remains at the absolute<br />

heart of the educational vision of <strong>The</strong> <strong>UCL</strong><br />

<strong>Academy</strong>. This principle has been systematically<br />

built into the student experience at the <strong>Academy</strong>.<br />

Interweaving personal development, an academic,<br />

broad curriculum <strong>and</strong> an inclusive approach<br />

to behaviour <strong>and</strong> attitudes, have resulted in<br />

the education of the whole child being widely<br />

recognised as a unique strength of the <strong>Academy</strong>.<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Academy</strong>’s approach to Self Directed<br />

Learning provides all students with exceptional<br />

opportunities outside of the classroom. Our<br />

personal development curriculum maps out<br />

student experiences across their whole <strong>Academy</strong><br />

career.<br />

We want more <strong>and</strong> more students to benefit from<br />

our scholarship <strong>and</strong> mentoring programs. In an<br />

increasingly complex <strong>and</strong> challenging world, this<br />

work remains as important as ever in supporting<br />

our students to make their way through school <strong>and</strong><br />

beyond.<br />

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Photo © James Tye Photography

A culture of respect <strong>and</strong> kindness across the whole academy community<br />

5 Year Strategic Priorities Excellent Behaviour <strong>and</strong> Attitudes<br />

“<strong>The</strong> <strong>Academy</strong> has always<br />

been a welcoming school,<br />

one that is open to students of<br />

all backgrounds. <strong>The</strong> student<br />

population is rooted in the local<br />

community, but also represents<br />

countries <strong>and</strong> cultures from<br />

across the world. All students are<br />

expected to be tolerant, kind, <strong>and</strong><br />

respectful of every member of staff<br />

<strong>and</strong> fellow students. We celebrate<br />

<strong>and</strong> recognise our diversity, <strong>and</strong><br />

underst<strong>and</strong> that we must treat<br />

others in the way we would<br />

expect to be treated ourselves.”<br />

Teaching Staff Member, 2020<br />

Our students represent our vibrant, diverse<br />

<strong>and</strong> urban local community. With over 60<br />

home languages spoken <strong>and</strong> students always<br />

collaborating <strong>and</strong> learning together, we are proud<br />

of how our student body strives for excellent<br />

behaviour <strong>and</strong> attitudes in <strong>and</strong> outside the<br />

classroom. Students <strong>and</strong> families are ambassadors<br />

for the <strong>Academy</strong> in the local area <strong>and</strong> we work with<br />

everyone to ensure that relationships across the<br />

community are positive, respectful <strong>and</strong> kind. Our<br />

approach to personal development focuses not<br />

only on the education of the whole child, but also<br />

the physical <strong>and</strong> mental well-being of every single<br />

student.<br />

Our priority over the next five years is to ensure<br />

that excellent behaviour <strong>and</strong> attitudes are<br />

maintained as the day-to-day experiences felt by<br />

all members of the <strong>Academy</strong> community. We will<br />

ensure that all our staff <strong>and</strong> students are given<br />

the resources, tools <strong>and</strong> guidance to develop our<br />

young people so they are ready to take part in the<br />

world as socially responsible citizens.<br />


5 Year Strategic Priorities Financial Stability <strong>and</strong> Partnership Development<br />

• A fundraising program to support student enrichment opportunities<br />

• Impactful strategic partnerships with local community <strong>and</strong> businesses<br />

• <strong>Academy</strong> facilities established as a centre for the community<br />

“Every child deserves the right to<br />

an education supported by an<br />

environment that inspires <strong>and</strong><br />

motivates them to achieve their<br />

full potential. At the <strong>Academy</strong>,<br />

we believe students should have<br />

Encounters with Excellence. This<br />

may be, for example, working<br />

with unique partners like our<br />

sponsor <strong>UCL</strong>, or through access<br />

to world class facilities. <strong>The</strong>se are<br />

experiences we want every one of<br />

our students to have.”<br />

Assistant Principal Curriculum, 2023<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Academy</strong> has established itself as a popular<br />

<strong>and</strong> well regarded school. Established in 2012<br />

as a PFI school, the <strong>Academy</strong> is strongly secure<br />

financially, <strong>and</strong> able to provide <strong>and</strong> support<br />

students with a broad <strong>and</strong> balanced curriculum.<br />

Over the next five years, the <strong>Academy</strong>’s priority<br />

will be to not only maintain that stability but<br />

to fundraise further to support the enrichment<br />

opportunities we want all our students to<br />

experience outside of the classroom. We have<br />

already established impactful partnerships<br />

that have provided hundreds of students with<br />

exceptional opportunities. This has included<br />

supporting 100s of students with overseas trips<br />

abroad <strong>and</strong> giving many more the chance to work<br />

with academics <strong>and</strong> undergraduates from <strong>UCL</strong>.<br />

Not to mention our unique Self Directed Learning<br />

(extra-curricular) programme.<br />

Our priority is to build on this work to provide<br />

additional funds for broader, more ambitious<br />

strategic partnerships <strong>and</strong> capital programmes<br />

focused on doing the very best for every single one<br />

of our students.<br />


Supporting our <strong>Academy</strong> vision with time, opportunities or donations<br />

Further Supporting Our Students <strong>and</strong> Staff<br />

‘Working with <strong>The</strong> <strong>UCL</strong> <strong>Academy</strong><br />

community has been a privilege.<br />

Supporting students through<br />

mentoring <strong>and</strong> contributing<br />

to the <strong>Academy</strong>’s ambitious<br />

<strong>and</strong> inspiring provision has<br />

been deeply rewarding<br />

on so many levels.’’<br />

Elizabeth Critchley, 2023<br />

Make a Contribution<br />

<strong>The</strong> Adelaide Opportunities Foundation has<br />

recently been established to help <strong>The</strong> <strong>UCL</strong><br />

<strong>Academy</strong> provide further unique enrichment <strong>and</strong><br />

development opportunities for students <strong>and</strong> staff<br />

at our school. Working closely with our sponsor<br />

<strong>UCL</strong> <strong>and</strong> a range of partners, we have already been<br />

able to support our students in so many ways.<br />

<strong>The</strong> vision <strong>and</strong> ambition of our five-year strategy<br />

will benefit greatly from further support, whether<br />

it be time <strong>and</strong> expertise, unique opportunities or<br />

financial donations. <strong>The</strong> Adelaide Opportunities<br />

Foundation has been established to facilitate this<br />

<strong>and</strong> we ask that anyone interested in helping,<br />

contact the <strong>Academy</strong> to find out how they can help<br />

our students <strong>and</strong> staff moving forward.<br />

If you would like to find out more about how you can support <strong>The</strong> <strong>UCL</strong> <strong>Academy</strong>, please<br />

contact us to learn about <strong>The</strong> Adelaide Opportunities Foundation by emailing the Director of<br />

Development at: finance@uclacademy.co.uk<br />

<strong>The</strong> Adelaide Opportunities Foundation,<br />

Adelaide Road, NW3 3AQ<br />

CALL 0207 435 2899<br />


“Whether you want to be a scientist,<br />

artist or have any other career, <strong>The</strong><br />

<strong>UCL</strong> <strong>Academy</strong> is there to help inspire<br />

you, give you the opportunity to<br />

discover your passion <strong>and</strong> make<br />

connections between the subjects<br />

you study.”<br />

Professor Lucie Green<br />

Chair of Governors<br />

Photo © James Tye Photography

<strong>The</strong> <strong>UCL</strong> <strong>Academy</strong><br />

Adelaide Road<br />

London<br />

NW3 3AQ<br />

T: 020 7449 3080<br />

@<strong>UCL</strong>_<strong>Academy</strong><br />

E: enquiries@uclacademy.co.uk

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