The Media department is devoted to fostering and developing enquiring minds, critical thinking, creativity and analytic skills in students. Our students will be driven by the quest to acquire knowledge and understanding of a range of important media issues. The department aims to model good practice by engaging with challenging and relevant media content as part of our everyday practice, and so encourage Media students to engage with current affairs and products that provoke thought around representation, audience consumption and interaction, as well as institutional and regulatory issues.
We are committed to delivering a broad but detailed programme of study and enrichment programmes, across all Media platforms, that will help learners develop appreciation and critical understanding of the media and their role both historically and currently in society, culture and politics. We look at European and American products to explore political, economic and social ideologies. Our Students will be able to identify, define and evaluate British Values as constructed in media texts and the contexts in which they are produced and consumed. As such, they will be able to make informed arguments, reach substantiated judgements and draw conclusions about media issues. Students will develop practical skills through our provision of opportunities for creative media production.
The theoretical framework is embedded from KS4 and students critically evaluate theories at KS5. A level students are positioned as consumers and as producers of the media and lead on creative programmes outside of the classroom to stretch and challenge.