Sharon Weir has been announced as principal of the Global Academy – the university technical college opening in September.
The Global Academy will provide academic and vocational training for 14-18 year olds who want to work in the broadcast and digital media industry.
Sharon brings 30 years experience in education to the role, alongside impressive academic credentials, which include degrees from St Andrew’s and Harvard University.
She has spent the last 13 years working in the US. From 2005 to 2015, she was principal and executive director of New West Charter in Los Angeles having joined from the Seashore Learning Center in Texas where she was director and CEO. In 2009 she was awarded CCSA California Principal of the Year in recognition of her influence in transforming New West Charter into one of the most sought after in California. She will now bring her expertise to the Global Academy, taking up her new post in January 2016.
Ashley Tabor, Global’s founder & executive president, said: “Sharon is a truly inspirational leader with a career in education that spans more than three decades and two continents. Under her leadership, New West Charter became one of the most highly regarded institutions in California and Sharon is the perfect person to run the new Global Academy. I’m so pleased that she has agreed to join us and lead this very unique school.”
Sharon Weir, said: “The Global Academy is an incredibly exciting and innovative project to be a part of, and I’m looking forward to opening the doors in September to welcome our first influx of students. Over the course of their time at the Global Academy, I’ll be committed to making sure every student leaves equipped with the skills they need to become the next generation of leaders in the broadcasting and digital media industries.”
The Global Academy will be based on the site of the Old Vinyl Factory in Hayes, North-West London. Students will be taught traditional key stage 4 and key stage 5 courses, accompanied by practical diplomas in creative media production and technology.