Sixth Form pupil James Weedon travelled to London in April to experience what life could be like in the film industry.  The media student applied to the National Youth Film Academy for this once in a lifetime opportunity to spend two weeks in the capital with likeminded people doing the thing he loves most, film making. James submitted a portfolio of his best work and then underwent a gruelling interview to successfully take on the role of director. Out of 3000 applicants, James was one of 80 who were given a place on this NYFA course. Second youngest and youngest of four directors, James had the opportunity to work with industry professionals including Rob Grant and Paul Alexander, writers of Red Dwarf and Pitch Perfect. Rodney Victor-Williams, a director and lecturer at London Film School was James’ mentor for the duration of the course and was so impressed with James he has asked him to direct a music video for him.

Head of Media Studies, Simon Aske said: “James is an excellent student; he achieved full marks in his GCSE coursework which was a trailer for a new TV drama. I am sure James will build a future in the media industry, he certainly has the potential to fulfil his dream.”