The Facilities

Discover the range of different industry standard facilities available at Global Academy!

All our facilities and spaces can be hired by community groups, media companies and other organisations outside school hours.

For further information – please contact with the proposed use, areas you are interested in leasing, dates and times you are looking at and we will respond to confirm availability and prices.   

Welcome to Global Academy

Based at The Old Vinyl Factory on the site of EMI’s old vinyl record business, Global Academy features industry standard recording and filming studio spaces, theatres, and a four-story atrium. The building has been designed completely from scratch for young people wanting a high-quality education with a media focus.

Radio Studios

Here at Global Academy, we have eight radio studios that are fully equipped with the latest play-out and broadcast software.

Students use the studios to produce their own radio shows and podcasts; both in their media lessons and as part of extracurricular activities such as the award winning Youths Choice radio station and podcast series, School Days.

It’s not just our students that have used our industry standard software – our studios have also been used to broadcast across the UK on Capital, Heart and LBC, as well as providing voiceover facilities for commercial clients and advertisers.

TV Studios

Home to three TV studios and accompanying control rooms – it’s lights, camera and action at Global Academy! The spaces are used in lessons to create visual productions including advert production, music videos, pieces to cameras and showreels. Students also work alongside industry pros to develop content with companies like Premier League Productions, London Live (part of the Evening Standard group) and Global’s youth brand PopBuzz.

The studios have also been used extensively by the industry providing the base for pre recorded content in Strictly Come Dancing’s, AJ Pritchard UK Dance tour, primetime Channel 4 television and worldwide international coverage of the Royal Families visit to the Academy.

Music Production Studios

We have two state-of-the-art recording facilities to use as well as a music tech classroom equipped with 25 individual Apple Mac workstations featuring Pro Tools.

Music Technology use the spaces to develop digital productions as well as band recordings, solo track recordings and DJ sessions.

Edit Suites

Students are able to book out individual media suites to carry out media projects and enhance their post production skills. The suites contain the latest Apple Mac technology and are fully soundproof to provide industry like working environments.

Each Mac gives students to access the Adobe Creative Cloud including Premiere Pro and After Effects which is the most cutting edge technology for media production.

Digital Content Hub

The digital content hub is one of our most impressive learning spaces featuring computers equipped with the Adobe Creative Cloud which allows students to learn and develop their skills on Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects etc. As well as using software students are able to bring their digital content ideas to life by using state of the art large format printers and 3D model printers.

Students can also use DLSR cameras and lighting soft boxes to produce stop animation projects. It’s not just 3D, you can also bring your 2D visions to life within our two specialist art and design studios.

Main Hall and Lecture Theatre

Our main hall and lecture theatre play host to a wide range of industry talks and learning experiences.

The theatre has also been used to host end of term charity performances, GCSE drama showcases and multi school industry workshops every year.

We also have many commercial customers using this space. Previous clients include, YMCA, Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, Studio Lambert Productions/Channel 4, Hillingdon Council, LBC and GoDaddy.

The space is equipped with lighting, sound and staging as well as the facilities to live stream any assembly, event or production.


Our in house catering team keep students fed and watered, within our very own g:feast restaurant, so they can focus on learning.

The name for the space is based on the g:feast restaurant on the top floor of Global’s Headquarters in London’s iconic Leicester Square.

g:feast provides a range of tasty and well balanced meals and snacks for students and staff at break times and lunch times.

Sports Hall

Physical wellbeing is important for our students and we run termly wellbeing days in our large sports hall.

A range of lunchtime and after school clubs and teams use the facility along with the local community during evenings and weekends.

Science Labs

Our science labs provide our students with the facilities to complete practical experiments for their GCSE Science courses as well as undertake extracurricular activities in the science club, g:sci.

Students also produce digital content within the labs to showcase their knowledge of science.

Computer Rooms

All media classrooms in the school feature high power desktop computers to support learning media production techniques. Our facilities allow students to do everything from making a podcast in Adobe Audition to developing the trailer for their YouTube channel.

Interactive whiteboards also form part of the rooms.

Virtual Tour Walkthrough Video

From industry-standard technical studios to unique learning environments – take a look inside Global Academy with our virtual tour walkthrough video.

Ready to kickstart your career in media?

Ready to kickstart your career in media?

Ready to kickstart your career in media?

Ready to kickstart your career in media?

Ready to kickstart your career in media?