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University College London (UCL)

By working with The UCL Academy, UCL aspires not only to contribute to and support the school, but also to learn from the experience in such a way that it will inform the university’s own approach to teaching and learning.

UCL and The UCL Academy are working together to promote academic excellence at the highest level, and to blur the boundaries between secondary and higher education.

Find out more about the Partnership Activity here.

Challenge Partners

Challenge Partners is a charity, owned and led by schools, who work together to lead school improvement. We believe that when schools are working in partnership to continually improve their practice, then an excellence education for pupils will be achieved.

Challenge Partners’ quality assurance and assessment is built around a professionally-led peer review focused on teaching and learning. The review identifies areas for development, bringing key challenges to schools for the coming year. It is a joint exercise between the review team and the school. All observations and meetings include a member of the school working alongside the reviewers. 
This approach enables honest and open conversations about where the school is and where it is going, to the benefit of all concerned.

View the latest review here:  Challenge Partners Quality Assurance Review 28-30 November 2016


Founders4Schools’ mission is to improve the life chances of students by giving them access to inspiring business leaders in their community who help them discover the skills and pathways that will be relevant when they leave education. 

The UCL Academy has recently linked with Founders4Schools to create a programme aimed to inspire STEM-based entrepreneurial careers. The vision is:

  • For students to experience authentic challenges by working with experienced successful people on real projects.
  • For students to build experiences that complement their academic and personal development such as leadership, teamwork, resilience and meeting deadlines.
  • For students to gain experience running all aspects of a company, and of different aspects of work to bring a finished product to market.

Details about the ongoing programme can be found here: F4S-UCLAcademy Integrated Form Challenge

Tottenham Hotspur 

Tottenham Hotspur have linked with The UCL Academy to provide a programme that aims to encourage young football players to develop their physical, emotional, social and tactical skills using football as the tool. The programme is self-contained within the curriculum, with 90 male and female students attending coaching sessions led by a member of Tottenham Hotspur’s Global Coaching team - Joshua Willer. 

We also launched a Sixth Form programme where students will focus on three key areas of academics, coaching and performance:

  1. Study a BTEC National Diploma in Sport and Coaching which is equivalent to 3 A-Levels. 

  2. Develop their coaching skills and achieving their FA Level 1 and Level 2 coaching badges. 

  3. Take part in a football development programme, improving their skills and game understanding daily, and competing in a mid-week league and cup season.

This program is not currently running. Please contact us if you have any further questions.