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Welcome to Media

"Today we are beginning to notice that the new media are not just mechanical gimmicks for creating worlds of illusion, but new languages with new and unique powers of expression."

Marshall McLuhan


At The Long Eaton School English and Media are taught using a variety of teaching and learning strategies that aim to stimulate interest in all aspects of communication, both within and beyond the classroom. At the heart of our department are dedicated and enthusiastic members of staff, offering a wide range of skills and interests. English is clearly a core subject within the school, and we believe it is also the foundation of each student's future. It is therefore paramount that we offer an appropriate challenge for all students within a supportive atmosphere.

Subject Staff:

  • Mr J Smith ( Curriculum Team Leader)
  • Miss S Allen
  • Mrs A Bentley
  • Miss M Bonsall
  • Miss R Bowden
  • Mrs F Brewer 
  • Miss K Gould
  • Mrs K Pheasant
  • Miss D Poundall
  • Mr N Ruane
  • Mrs O Sloane
  • Mrs O Sutton
  • Mrs C Tiernan
  • Miss A Wesley

Key Stage 3:

At KS3 students will develop their key skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening, through a wide range of topics and approaches. Some of these are quite traditional, such as poetry or the study of a Shakespeare play, whilst others are more contemporary, including the study of spoken language and approaches to media within English. All students have 7 hours of lessons per fortnight. 

Key Stage 4:

KS4 students can choose AQA GCSE Media as an option in Years 10 and 11. The course includes coverage of media theory and practice, alongside practical work and offers a choice of assignments, as well as an understanding of the creative industries.

Key Stage 5:

Two courses are offered at KS5:

AQA Advanced Media Studies, which includes the study of media texts, the moral, legal and ethical issues involved, key concepts such as ideology, as well as case studies and production pieces.

Edexcel Creative Media Production - a BTEC Level 3 in one year or a Subsidiary Diploma in two years. This covers some of the same aspects as Advanced Media Studies, but is more practical, with modules in television and film, as well as music video production.

All Year 12 students have 9 hours of lessons per fortnight, whilst Year 13 students have 10 hours of lessons per fortnight.


The faculty has a suite of dedicated teaching rooms which are all equipped with projectors and interactive whiteboards. Four rooms have sets of laptops for student use and another has an Apple Mac suite which is used for media work.


Various clubs run throughout the year, including Film Club, Book Club, Debating Society, Radio Club, Spelling Bee and English Workshops. These vary across the academic year and information is given to year groups about specific times and days.