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Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge And Prince Harry Open Academy School In Support Of Heads Together

The academy is a state school for 14- to 19-year-olds.

20/04/2017 10:08 | Updated 20 April 2017

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry have officially opened an academy school in support of their mental health initiative Heads Together.

The three royals opened the doors to Global Academy in Hayes, west London, on Thursday 20 April. The state school has been founded and sponsored by media company Global, to prepare students for careers in the broadcast and digital media industry.

The Duke, Duchess and Harry met students aged from 14, who are training to be the next generation of production staff. 

The Global Academy is free to attend and students come from a wide variety of backgrounds. 

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Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Britain's Prince Harry tour a TV studio during the official opening the Global Academy.

The school encourages young people to talk about mental wellbeing issues they may be facing, with an hour of mental wellbeing on the curriculum every week.

The royal guests each visited a classroom where pupils are learning about the science of sound, the student radio station where pupils are working on a mental wellbeing project, and an audio project listening to EMI’s vinyl recording of early speeches of the royal family.

 

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Duchess of Cambridge, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry visit a radio studio control room during the official opening of the Global Academy.
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Duchess of Cambridge meets student James McJannett-Smith in a radio studio during the official opening of the Global Academy in Hayes, London on 20 April 2017.

They also joined a roundtable discussion to talk about the importance of good mental health with Global breakfast presenters LBC’s Nick Ferrari, Heart’s Jamie Theakston and Emma Bunton, and Capital’s Roman Kemp, as well as students and people who have taken part in the morning radio shows.

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The Duke of Cambridge listens to a recording of King George VI during a visit to open the Global Academy.

The visit ended with an assembly featuring the work of students focusing on talking about mental wellbeing, where the three officially opened the Global Academy.

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The royals have spent the past few days championing their Heads Together campaign, which aims to encourage the nation to talk about their mental health problems or be a sympathetic ear for someone in need.

On Wednesday 19 April, Prince Harry commented on his decision to speak out about the issues he faced after his mother’s death, saying it was “only right’’ he aired his experiences as he wanted to encourage others to “smash that stigma’’ around talking about mental health.

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