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The boys had the chance to watch train today at Twickenham Stadium! We even managed to get a few autographs! #🏉


The Year 10 team also picked up a big win over Bolingbroke Academy winning 55-0, here are some of the tries #🔥


Y9 Rugby team are having a great season, today they picked up more league points, beating Bolingbroke Academy 65-20 🔥


The Year 9 girls are Federation football CHAMPIONS! HASN A Team won every game without conceeding any goals. Kalli-Anne was our top goal scorer. Well done to both teams and all our students who took part today. We are very proud of you!


Thanks for hosting us guys


Year 7s celebrating their win over a good team, 40-25. Tries from Daniel (3), Mike (2), Max, Kamarri and Matia


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The Year 9 Netball team continue in their success to dominate their Netball League beating Norbury Manor 17-4! 💪🏻🏐


Working hard inside the gym, thanks to and for showing us the ropes! #🏋🏻#💪🏼#💪🏾


Massive thanks to everyone at for their warm hospitality. A brilliant insight into the world of professional rugby for our pupils.


Happy New Year & welcome back to all our students on this blustery Wednesday! Be safe. Work hard. Strive to be the best scholar, citizen and ambassador of our academy.


"Hold back the river..."


Some beautiful exciting things tonight


Our Christmas Concert begins


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Ready for the PGCE Graduation


Penultimate day of term & preparations almost complete for our evening Christmas Concert


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The now traditional HEA Alumni group photo in front of the statuesque   tree! Thank you to them and their peers who led the second day event . You inspired us all!


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Our choir performed a selection of Christmas carols & some more popular repertoire from the Academy Choir. As the Earl and Countess entered we sang Carol of the Bells by Mykola Leontovych.


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Harris Academies
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.