The UCL Academy specialises in the teaching of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). It is a pioneer in engineering science – a new fusion of the design and technology and physics curricula, which is intended to give students an understanding of engineering in industry and at university.
The academy follows the International Middle Years curriculum, a three-level programme that takes a cooperative, enquiry-based approach. Students work through these levels at their own pace, with different age groups studying together.
Languages are at the heart of the curriculum, as befits a school for which education for global citizenship is a core aspiration.
Principal Geraldine Davies discusses her aspirations for the academy, its international curriculum and the challenges of learning Mandarin collectively: