Welcome

I am immensely proud to welcome you to Young People’s Academy, where we ‘triumph with perseverance’ and take PRIDE in everything we do. The staff and students here reflect together to establish what is working well and how to move forwards. We aim to instil a solution focused thinking approach via a varied, practical curriculum that enables students to express themselves whilst developing their many skills. We recognise that we are all very different, but together, with parents and other stakeholders, we can achieve so much more.

Ms Laurie Cornwell - Executive Principal


We aim for our young people to lead a happy and holistically prosperous life by developing the skills for them to move successfully along their life journeys. This includes academic outcomes that reflects the best of their abilities, being able to sustain relationships and employment and maintaining healthy households.


YPA has a good understanding and built a rapport with my son. He has been happy and well cared for to the point where he has met his full potential and thrived. The right balance and structure has provided for my son’s complex needs. Thank you for your continuous support.  Parent

Latest News

Names agreed for two special Free Schools

The names for the two new special Free Schools in Hillingdon have been agreed. Young People’s Academy will  keep its name and The Skills Hub will change to Young People’s Hub. Laurie Cornwell, Executive Principal of Young People’s Academy and …

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DfE Strategic School Improvement Fund Success!

Over the summer we received news that Hillingdon local authority’s application to the DfE Strategic School Improvement Fund (SSIF), with The Skills Hub and Young Peoples Academy as Lead Partner in the project, was successful. This is fantastic news as …

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Students graduate from London Fire Brigade’s LIFE course

Two Year 10 students from YPA, William and Ethan, recently graduated from the London Fire Brigade’s Local Intervention Fire Education (LIFE) course. This is an interactive experience for young people who have faced challenges, to learn transferable skills through fire fighting …

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Macmillan Coffee Morning

Last Friday students arranged a MacMillan coffee, they came together with their nearest and dearest to bake and bring in loads of cakes and treats. Staff ran a competition where students and parents, with a few subtle hints, had to guess …

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