Synergy Multi-Academy Trust is made up of schools, both secondary and primary, from north Norfolk. The Trust was initially established by Reepham High School and College in 2015. Our vision is simple; for all of our schools to work together to provide teaching and learning of the highest quality and for all of them to provide an exceptional range of educational experiences and opportunities.
GCSE Media features a strong academic core, involving the critical analysis of the thing that we cannot escape, which can often change our thinking, shape our opinions and develop our identity.
This is complemented by a practical coursework unit where students apply their learning to making their own media product.
The department has teachers who are enthusiastic about the subject and experienced in the industry.
- Mr Smedley [Teacher of English and Media]
- Miss Soanes [Teacher of English and Media]
Key Stage Four (Years 10 and 11)
- Year 10 students receive four hours teaching and Year 11 five hours teaching per fortnight
- Pupils follow the WJEC course in Creative Media
- The written examination makes up 70% of the marks and the coursework 30%
- The examination paper has four sections: all involve answer critical analysis questions about individual media texts (some studied during the course, some unseen), the industry that produces them and the audience that consumes them, and is often fooled by them.
- The coursework consists of the research, planning, creation and evaluation of a real media product. The exact brief will vary from year-to-year.
Key Stage Five (Years 12 and 13)
- There is one teaching group in each year, with interactivity between year groups encouraged.
- Teaching is divided between the two teachers in the department, with one teaching the exam and the other teaching/overseeing the coursework.
- Pupils follow the OCR course in Media.
- The qualification is switching from AS/A2 to whole A-Level from September 2017. At this point it will move to 70% written examination and 30% coursework.
- Coursework is all submitted via an online blog.
Accommodation and Resources
The Media department is based in a purpose built media suite within the Sixth Form, although teaching for GCSE also takes place in one of the English classrooms, using portable ICT equipment. The media suite contains the following features:
- Powerful iMac computers for video editing and print media production, along with portable Macbooks.
- State-of-the-art digital film projector and blu-ray player.
- Interactive whiteboard
- A small library of films and books on the media, alongside a collection of textbooks.
- A soundproof booth and high quality microphones for the recording of music and voice.
- A full suite of design and editing software, including Final Cut Pro, iMovie, Abode Premier, Adobe After Effects, Photoshop and Garageband.
- A range of props and costumes.
- Good quality HD/Digital cameras and fluid-head tripods.
- Headphones and handheld voice recorders.
Extra-Curricular Activity and Trips
The Media Department has offered some exciting opportunities for extra-curricular activities across the year groups, some regular and some unique but with the potential to become regular:
- Visiting speakers – this academic year, Y10, 11 and 12 students have benefitted from two visits by important guests from the world of TV news, who have provided them with invaluable advice for possible media careers.
- Shepperton Film Studios – Reepham High School and College is the only school in Britain to have given Y11/Y12 students a day touring the sets and special effects workshops of this iconic London movie stage. We are hoping our contacts there will grant us similar trips in the future.
- Working Title – Year 12s enjoy an annual trip to the offices of one of Britain’s biggest and most well-known film production companies.
- New York – Year 13 Media students are invited on this trip, run in conjunction with Social Sciences, Art and Photography department, to visit the world’s ‘most filmed city’ and experience the media, culture and society of this unique place.