10th November 22
With the school calendar heading into November, it is the perfect opportunity for the Media & Film Department to reflect on our impact within the school community, along with the progress our students have made over the previous twelve months.
This summer saw our students receive an excellent set of results, with 59% of A Level Film students achieving A-A*, 80% of A Level Media students achieving B-A* and 66% of BTEC Creative Digital Media Extended Diploma students achieving D3 or above, which equates to a grade A at A Level. We were so proud of their achievements and look to repeat this success again come the end of the academic year, whilst also giving all those within the department an education that is diverse, enjoyable and memorable.
The department attempts to create a family atmosphere, mixing all the year groups together when undertaking practical activities or attending trips.
“I have found my time learning BTEC Media fun and very interesting. You get to learn a whole range of new things that relate to the industry and get to make a variety of media products such as films, documentaries, magazine front covers and your own adverts. You can learn different skills to help you make these products. The trips that I have been on so far were the private screening in Canary Wharf of ‘No Time to Die’, an Intofilm festival talk with Lashana Lynch and the Museum of Brands. The reason why you should take BTEC Media, A Level Media or A Level Film is because you get to expand your knowledge and find out different types of things about the Media. Lastly the Media and Film teachers are very good and very supportive and helpful if you are ever stuck.”- Matilda, BTEC Creative Media Extended Diploma student.
Although it may not be seen as a ‘key academic’ subject by some, we will begin to see Media & Film become the forefront within global politics, economics, business and entertainment.
Naturally, this year will be a challenge as the exam boards move away from advanced information, however, the department work hard to try and offer our students the opportunity to learn outside of lessons. The Media and Film Society runs every Tuesday at 4pm, whilst our Media & Film Clinic offers exam and coursework support to those in need on a Thursday evening at the same time.
Looking at the curriculum, we were proud to launch BTEC Esports (Level 2) in September and our Esports team have already achieved fantastic results in the national competitions this year, becoming the early favourites to do well and potentially win their respective divisions come July – I certainly hope I haven’t tarnished them with bad luck in writing this!
Finally, if someone were to ask what makes our department so special, one would have to say the staff and students. Marie, Gareth, Hannah, Max and myself will always take the time to assist our students, generating on plenty of knowledge and experience, with some of us having served within the Media and Film industries before turning to teaching.