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Update from Jon Whitcombe, Trust Principal -

Secondary Statement

As you will be aware, the DfE has stated that Year 10 and Year 12 students will receive some “face to face” contact with their teachers during Term 6. Currently, we are awaiting guidance from the DfE as to what this means in practice. 

Once the guidance is published we will develop our plans and make the necessary arrangements. On June 1st we will write to you explaining what “face to face” means in practice and we will be in a position to confirm when this will commence. 

Please note that the current arrangements for online teaching for Years 10 and 12 will continue until further notice.

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Telephone : 01227 931300 Email : Office

IB Subjects - Film

As film students you will be expected to be curious, creative, independent, passionate and hard working throughout the course - it is most definitely not the “easy” option! You will find the structure and approach very similar to English and study films as “texts” as you would study books in English Literature.


1. Re-watch your favourite film. Write an essay discussing the following:

-The characters - how they are presented, why are they presented this way, what costumes have been chosen and why? Makeup? Body language and facial expressions? How is their story communicated through the choices of the director?

-The locations - what locations have been chosen and why? What do they tell us about the storyline and the characters?

-Your favourite scenes - what camera techniques have been used and why? How does the camerawork communicate the story? Why has the director chosen certain props, character costumes? camera angles? Makeup? Lighting? Sound? What is the director trying to tell us with these choices?

2. “Cinema is dead and film is a dying medium”

Discuss. Thoughtfulness and effort in your responses will be appreciated!

Please email Miss Coleman if you have any questions.


An Introduction to Film Studies 

How to Read a Film 

The Cinema Book 

The Story of Film 

Useful Websites Examining Board and course details - Click here



Film news - The Guardian

Film news - BBC News


Mark Kermodes - Secrets of Cinema on BBC IPlayer

For a fascinating introduction to film language and the concept of examining film and television - all of these episodes make for relevant watching.

Some excellent short clips, documentaries and podcasts on film can be found here

The Film Review on BBC Iplayer

8 Netflix Documentaries that go behind the scenes of the entertainment industry

The Huffington Post