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

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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 a dedicated mac suite with editing software of Final Cut Express and iMovie 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

OCR GCSE Media Studies.

60% Coursework and 40% Examination

Exam: Representation in Action Adventure/TV Comedy and Scheduling

Coursework: Individual production portfolio and group production portfolio

Key Stage 5 (Sixth Form)

We offer 3 separate courses at A level:

  1. OCR GCE Media Studies A level AS (Year 12)
  2. Film Studies OCR AS (Year 12) Coursework (50%):
  3. Applied Media Communications and Production A level  (100% coursework)

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, The London Film Festival and in Yr 11 students visit a TV studio in East London to simulate industry practice and produce a live TV news programme.

Teaching Staff

  • Mr R. Cheesbrough - Teacher
  • Ms J. Smith - Teacher
  • Mr J. Miller - Teacher
  • Ms K. Daley - Technician
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