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A lovely trip to the Royal Albert Hall this evening with our wonderful talented music and drama students.


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Great session at the track today with


Year 9 impromptu jam session in today’s break time. Music department always open.


Q - when did you begin using dual coding in your teaching Mr Caesar? "It came about through an organic way of seeing what worked"


Brian Caesar one of our 2 Lead Practitioners in science explains memory and learning to staff in our morning staff training - learning of ovaries, glands & hormones


Looking forward to it


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TODAY: Baby Driver (15)


glad for Norwood to get a mention in such esteemed alumni


Always proud of Stormzy &


Continued community links. Our choir brightening up the morning at a local care home this morning.


10km walked, 10kgs each carried throughout and a group of very tired World Challengers. Please sponsor us for our Tanzania trip if you can:


Today we are proud to announce the names of our Golden Ticket winners for weeks 6 and 7 of the autumn term - Excellent work!


Sunset this afternoon during the Y7's remarkable comeback to beat an excellent team. Thanks for hosting #55-50


Year 10 visited Imperial College today with Ms Wendt, Lead Practitioner for Mathematics - aiming to be the best as scholar, citizen and ambassador


Schools can be the key in breaking the cycle of mental health problems that face mothers and children during pregnancy and childbirth - Professor Louise Howard explains


Executive Principal Nick Soar attending the today to hear Duchess of Cambridge speak of how to support mental health needs of young people


Student's work looking amazing at the CYAC Exhibition.


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"I'm Fine" Sensitive & upbeat chairing by as he introduces Professor Sir Simon Wessely, Regius Chair of Psychiatry KCL at the School Leaders' Forum - representing at this important conference in mental health


Students work ready for the CYAC Exhibition. Youth Arts takeover.

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All Academies in our Federation aim to transform the lives of the students they serve by bringing about rapid improvement in examination results, personal development and aspiration.

Media Studies

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Why study Media?


Today we’re surrounded by media wherever we look. There’s the internet, TV, film, radio, magazines, papers …the list goes on.

In Y9 we introduce students to the key concepts required to complete the GCSE course. You will have the opportunity to develop your analytical skills through close analysis of Music Videos, Films, Magazines and TV shows. You will also get the chance to develop your practical film making skills using our digital video cameras and professional editing equipment. You will need to be organised, creative and pay close attention to detail! You will also need to have a strong written and oral communication skills.

Studying Media at GCSE develops and extends students understanding of media theory and practice. Students will complete 3 pieces of coursework in advertising, film promotion and website design. This coursework will enable you to relate your analytical skills to practical design work. You will relate how these products are designed to represent different groups of people and how they appeal to their target audience.

As well as looking at case studies, students will design, develop and produce their own advert, film poster, film trailer and website to a high standard using digital technology. You will be mastering programmes such as Photoshop, as well as editing their own films on iMacs in our top-of the-range Mac suite. Media Studies links closely to GCSE English and the skills you learn can help you do better in both. Core activities in both subjects are analysing texts, communicating findings and being imaginative and creative. It also links to closely to GCSE Sociology and GCSE Psychology and you will develop a broad understanding of the impact of the Media in our world.

Students will have the chance to work independently, in small groups and as part of the whole class in lessons to explore and develop their own knowledge and skills. By truly understanding the media, students can understand the world. 


  • 3 pieces of Course work (60% of overall mark)
  • In-depth analysis of adverts, film and magazines
  • Produce own advert, film poster, film trailer and website
  • Evaluate the success of work produced
  • Exam (40%) Pre-released material on a topic chosen by the exam board.  Most recent topics have been Science Fiction and Television News.  

Future Pathways

Having a Media GCSE shows employers you are confident, creative, able to express yourself fluently and able to influence others with your own ideas. These qualities are particularly well respected in the following fields: teaching, journalism, politics, creative media and business. It also prepares you for any further study in the Performing Arts fields.