In support of the UCL Academy’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) specialism, the building includes state-of-the-art laboratories, and a science demonstration theatre for interactive lectures, experiments and talks by visiting academics from UCL. On each floor is a superstudio, a long room with a central tiered amphitheatre-style learning space for more traditional teaching sessions and plenty of space on either side for breakout activities.

There are also suites of rooms for art, music and drama, including well equipped performance spaces.

The academy also houses an engineering science suite, which includes workshop spaces and technology and science labs for electronics and engineering physics, which are designed to give students the experience of being engineers.

The academy is designed around five households. These are the ‘home bases’ for the students and each student belongs to the same household for the duration of their time at the academy.

Named after the constellations Cygnus, Equuleus, Lyra, Orion and Vela, the houses are designed to help foster feelings of belonging, pride and responsibility in the students. Each house has an elected Senator, who will represent the student voice at the academy and drive forward continuous improvement.

The households are integral to the physical fabric of the academy. House spaces provide comfortable, welcoming places for students to eat together, and to use for informal study during breaks and before and after school.

Find out more about UCL’s engagement with London life on the UCL and London website.

Watch a video below, produced by the academy, exploring its International Middle Years Curriculum: