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Coronavirus Updates

For any key worker whose child is not currently using our childcare facility, and who subsequently becomes unable to provide childcare at home –  you must give the school 24 hours’ notice that you need to use this provision so that we can provide appropriate staffing. This means emailing office@newhorizonschildrensacademy.org.uk or calling 0333 602115 by 9am the day before. For Monday provision, please ensure that you contact the school by 9am on the preceding Friday.  Students arriving without giving 24 hours’ notice may be turned away if we do not have adequate staffing.

Update 03.04.20: Please see here for letter to Year 11 and Year 13, or here for a letter to parents of students in years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 12.

For recent letters sent home about Coronavirus, please see here.

For pastoral support resources, please see here.

For information about accessing Microsoft Teams, please see here.

For information about accessing Show My Homework, please see here.

Admissions 2020/21

We are currently awaiting further advice from the Department for Education about how appeal deadlines may be affected by the current COVID-19 restrictions on schools. In the meantime, we would encourage anyone who still wishes to appeal to do so. Further advice will be provided to all appellants as soon as it is available. All admission appeal forms should be emailed to admissions@holcombegrammar.org.uk. Please do not bring them into school.

Media Studies

Key Stage 4

Media Studies at GCSE introduces you to the complex and wonderful world of the media. The media is something that we all take for granted; we challenge this. It is an ever present in our lives and we teach you to decode Media texts. We analyse a variety of different media texts which allows us to see how the texts are constructed/put together and the impact they have on audiences. You will have the opportunity to use media technology and use this to make creative media products. You make things like DVD covers, posters, magazines and film trailers.

You will develop a more autonomous approach to problem solving but you’ll also become a better team player. You’ll learn how to analyse and become more inquisitive about the media world. You’ll learn how to take photographs, how to shoot and edit video and how to layout print products and you’ll develop your creative skills and your ability to articulate your ideas both in discussion in class and on paper.

The course comprises of 60% coursework and 40% exam. You produce three pieces of coursework, including a practical project. We introduce you to media concepts and theory and apply this learning to an exam topic that changes every year. For 2016 the topic is science fiction film and for 2017 it’s television games shows.