A new media college due to open in Hayes this year has had celebrity and industry endorsement.

Construction is underway, on the site of the Old Vinyl Factory, for The Global Academy, which is due to open in September 2016 .

Media and entertainment group Global announced that its university technical college will house 800 students looking to work in the broadcast and digital media industry and is said to be the “first of it's kind”.

The mainstream curriculum of GCSEs and A-Levels will be taught in a practical way alongside vocational training to equip students with the technical skills needed to work in the broadcast and digital media industry.

Baroness Floella Benjamin OBE, Actress and Producer, said: “Once you have those creative skills on the curriculum, you find children are happier.

“They see things differently.”

Artists Impression of the Global Academy

The industry experts talk about their own experiences and explain why they think the Global Academy is special.

Darcus Beese, president of Island Records, said: “When I first heard about the Global Academy, I thought: 'I wish I was young again and that I could have gone to a school like that'."

Construction work can be seen at the Old Vinyl Factory site, and will be completed in time for the next academic year.

Construction of the Global Academy, a new media college, is underway in Hayes

'Busy construction schedule'

Will Harding, Chief Strategy Officer, said: "The Global Academy’s construction is going well and on track.

"As well as state of the art classrooms and facilities, the school will also house extensive radio and TV studio space, a theatre and a four storey atrium, so we’ve got a busy construction schedule.

"The school of the future is well underway, and we're incredibly excited to create an environment of practical education and inspirational learning that really connects the dots for our students."

Birds eye view: Construction from above