Chestnut Grove Academy
45 Chestnut Grove
Balham, London SW12 8JZ

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Film and Media Studies at Chestnut Grove challenges students to be creative and critical thinkers. Our students are equipped with a wide range of skills to succeed in the modern world. We pride ourselves on the range of curriculum pathways, particularly at KS5, that offer a range of practical, academic and creative options. The department has invested heavily in industry standard equipment to allow our students to achieve the best possible results. We have two dedicated mac suites with Adobe Software including Photoshop, Lightroom and Premiere Pro for editing as well as a range of audio-visual equipment. We encourage our students to be independent and reflective learners and students across the key stages set up their own blogs to record, monitor and share their work.

Our Curriculum

Key Stage 4

Eduqas Film Studies

30% Coursework and 70% Examination

Exam: Key Developments in US Film / Global Film

Coursework: Individual Production and Evaluation

We offer 2 separate courses at A level:

  1. Eduqas Media Studies A level
  2. Film Studies OCR AS

Media beyond the classroom

In Media and Film Studies we provide lots of opportunities to experience the subject outside of the classroom. Film making projects are often shot on location and we encourage students to be ambitious with their use of locations both interior and exterior. There are also many trips and enrichment activities such as visits to the BFI and The London Film Festival.

Teaching Staff

  • Mr R. Cheesbrough - Teacher
  • Ms J. Smith - Teacher
  • Mr J. Miller - Teacher
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