This is always an exciting time of year in the Media Studies department, as students progress through their courses their creative talents start to shine through. 

Year 10 students have created their own magazine covers using the knowledge from their extensive research. I think you’ll agree, the standard of work they have produced is outstanding. Each year, I am more and more impressed with the quality of work that our students produce! (See Below) 

    By Charlie Vickers 
By Chelsea Thomson 
By Krystina Rose 
By Sommer Samuels 
By Sky Maher 
By Phuong Bui 

Year 11 students are busy completing their portfolios and currently working on hair product advertising campaigns. I hope to share some of their excellent work with you in the summer term. After portfolios are complete, they will begin their exam work looking at TV News programmes, so make sure they are watching the news now in preparation! 

Year 12 students are hard at work as well with AS students in the middle of promoting their ideas for new thriller films and our BTEC students are working on ideas for a documentary. A group of sixth formers are working closely with Year 9 students on a project with Essex County Cricket Club which is looking very promising indeed. Our games design students are currently working on text-based games as part of their course with some really original and innovative ideas emerging from our talented cohort. 

A2 students are currently in the middle of producing university level research essays looking at specific areas of the media that they have chosen individually. Topics range from the representation of women in computer games to the generic codes of chocolate adverts. Once again, these are of exceptionally high standard and are testament to the hard work that has been put in. 

Another key feature of this time of year is university ap-plications, and it has been really pleasing to see so many of our students go on to follow media-based courses at university level. Without exception, I am confident that all of our applicants will go on to be successful and truly make the most of the opportunities that university life offers. 

Finally, I’d like to share with you a link to a video created by two year 13 BTEC students who have created a spoken word poem video. It is very powerful and incredibly well shot and edited. 

Thank you for reading and I look forward to sharing more excellent news and work with you next term.