Leicestershire TV Publishes A-Level Work

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Six Ratcliffe College Media students are experiencing real world success thanks to their astounding short documentaries, The Art of Artistry and Wired. The former, produced by Sebastian Dewhirst, James Lockton, Oliver Thornton and Charlie Whitmore in Year 13, is a stylish exploration of how we define creativity, marrying the views of renowned academics, such as Professor David Gauntlett, of Westminster University, and the thoughts and experiences of recreational artists. The latter, produced by Alexander Duckett and William Laufs in Year 13, explores the cognitive impact of the digital world on teenagers’ development, charting its positive and negative consequences. The videos have been created as part of the students’ A2 level Advanced Portfolio, but have succeeded in attracting the attention of local online television channel Leicestershire TV, due to their technical excellence and professionalism.

Leicestershire TV is an online television channel, which grew out of Leicester and still calls the city its home, despite being now based in London and New York. The channel focuses on connecting the citizens of Leicester through showcasing content which celebrates the city and is relevant and engaging. The channel will be running a special feature on the two documentaries, exploring the students’ influences and plans to develop their media interests after life at Ratcliffe. The students were overjoyed to have their work distributed in this way, as a recognition of the talents which have been so obvious to us here in the Media department for some time!

To view the finished videos on the Leicestershire TV site, please follow these links:


The Art of Artistry creators Oliver Thornton, Charlie Whitmore, James Lockton and Sebastian Dewhirst (l-r)

Wired creators William Laufs and Alexander Duckett (l-r)

Charlotte Bennett
Head of Media Studies