Principal’s Welcome

Thank you for visiting the website of The UCL Academy. We opened our doors in 2012 with an ambitious vision for how a diverse school in inner London could, with the support and inspiration of one of the world’s leading universities, inspire all of our students to fulfil their potential and achieve success, regardless of background.

Today we are starting to realise the vision that inspired our founders. Our first GCSE results in 2017 were well above national average, and over 40% of our 6th form students on average now go on to study at Russell Group universities. Our students are able to take advantage of our sponsor UCL’s world class facilities and expertise from their very first school day, which they spend at the university, and are exposed to university life throughout their Academy career.

We strongly believe that you can have academic excellence alongside a culture of inclusivity. At the Academy we emphasise education of the whole person, whether through self-directed learning, in which all students participate as part of a longer Academy day, or our collaborative learning programme, which emphasises the contribution each member of the group must make for the outcome to be successful.


Every student belongs to one of five Houses throughout their time at the Academy, ensuring they benefit from academic and pastoral support from their tutors, their learning sets and their Heads of House, in other words those who know them best.

In summary, at The UCL Academy we are dedicated to the pursuit of academic excellence within a safe and welcoming environment.


To learn more about more about life and study at The UCL Academy you can explore our updated website, and for more details about our curriculum and the vision that drives our school, please visit our pages setting out the distinctive features of the UCL Academy.

To learn more about our objectives for the immediate and longer-term future of the Academy, please read our paper, 2027 and Beyond – A five-year plan for the future of The UCL Academy.

Please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions or comments.

Thank you

Simon McBride, Principal