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Working with a local charity

Here’s a press release from the Joe Humphries Memorial Trust about some of our media students’ A Level work:

STUDENTS from a county school have been using their advertising and marketing skills to support a local charity.

Sixth-formers at the Robert Smyth Academy, in Market Harborough, have been creating promotional campaigns for The Joe Humphries Memorial Trust (JHMT) as part of their coursework for AS-level media.

It’s an annual media project that brings together the JHMT and Robert Smyth students, with this year being the third year the project has taken place.

Steve Humphries, chair of the Trust, visited the school to tell students about the charity’s vital work raising awareness of SADS – sudden arrhythmic death syndrome – and sudden heart deaths.

He also explained how, by learning a few simple lifesaving skills like CPR and how to use a defibrillator, you can be the difference between life and death.

The Trust campaigns for a better understanding of conditions like SADS, which can occur without warning, especially in younger people. It also helps to provide defibrillators for communities and training in CPR for sports clubs.

The students were asked to come up with a promotional campaign for the Trust, consisting of a storyboard for a TV advert and three magazine-style posters. Steve then returned to the Academy to give them feedback on their work.

Steve said: “The brief was for the students to choose an element of JHMT’s work – such as why its vitally important to learn CPR and how to use a defibrillator. The students then carry out their own research on a particular area of their choice. Some of their work is then used in the school to raise awareness, and we use it within the charity too.”

Maria Sherwin, head of film and media at Robert Smyth Academy, said: “We were proud once again to work with JHMT to develop students’ advertising skills. The students have enjoyed the process immensely.

“Not only did they benefit from being able to apply their knowledge and understanding of charity advertising to real-world contexts, but they are also keen to share their awareness of SADS and life-saving techniques with their peers.”

Former England rugby captain and patron of the JHMT, Martin Johnson, was a student at Robert Smyth. He said: “This is a great project and I’m really pleased that the students got the chance to work closely with the Trust and find out more about its vital work raising awareness of sudden heart deaths that can affect fit and healthy young people.”

To find out more about the work of the JHMT, visit www.jhmt.org.uk

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Posted: January 13, 2017

Working with charities

Once again, our AS Media Studies students are working with local charities to produce advertising campaigns. Students recently met with their allocated charity representative and planned strategy.

This year students are working with:

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Posted: September 23, 2015

Local charity representatives return

Our work with local charities has come to a close for another year, with students meeting representatives of their assigned charities to discuss their final pieces of advertising work. As ever, we a very grateful to those involved.

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Posted: December 16, 2014

Trailers in a day 2014

Once again the media and film department visited Welland Park Academy to make film trailers in a day. Students investigated the conventions of film trailers, planned their own, shot footage and then edited – all in a school day. The results are below.

High School Horror

Kermit the Tickle Monster

Saurez Bites Back


The Mole

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Posted: July 1, 2014

Little Bowden Primary 2013

Once again, we spent the day with some students at Little Bowden Primary, creating a short film about their school from planning, to filming, to editing. The students worked very hard and demonstrated super team work. Well done!

The finished film

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Posted: July 8, 2013

Trailers in a day 2013

We recently visited Welland Park Academy, one of our feeder high schools, and made film trailers in a day. Four RSA students were there as well, and their assistance was very much appreciated. Here are some photos and the five trailers, which look good considering they were researched, planned, shot and edited in about 5 hours.


Spy School

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The Possession

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The Man in the Mask

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Posted: June 30, 2013

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