About the Department

An Introduction:

The Film & Media Studies Department is a growing presence in the school, offering courses at both GCSE and A Level and attracting an increasing number of pupils year on year.

At GCSE pupils are given the chance to study media studies and for those in the Sixth Form, there is the opportunity to undertake the Eduqas Film Studies A Level. Both options have proven popular in recent years and it is hoped that the department will continue to grow, offering all pupils at RHS the chance to engage with film and media products in both academic and co-curricular contexts.

Teaching Staff:

Mark Vickers - Head of Film & Media Studies

Mark Vickers is Head of Film & Media Studies at the Royal Hospital School and also teaches in the English Department. After growing up in Leicester, he graduated from Loughborough University in 2007 with an MA in Creative Writing. He then went on to work as a Graduate Trainee in Teaching, achieving Qualified Teacher Status at a Leading Edge School in Leicestershire where he then worked for a further year. In 2009, Mark relocated to Colchester, working in a local comprehensive for four years before arriving at The Royal Hospital School in the autumn of 2013.

With regard to Film & Media Studies, Mark is a particular fan of the films of David Fincher and Christopher Nolan and has a keen interest in Television Crime Drama.

Beyond his teaching responsibilities, Mark is a Non-Resident Tutor attached to Collingwood House and is a keen sportsman with a particular interest in cricket. He plays locally for Mistley Cricket Club and is a member the school’s cricket coaching team.

Ashleigh Jones - Teacher of English and Media Studies

Ashleigh Jones is an English and Media Studies teacher at the Royal Hospital School. Born and raised in Wolverhampton, she graduated Aberystwyth University with a degree in English Literature and History. Ashleigh then went on to complete her PGCE at Roehampton University, becoming a teacher of English, Media and ICT at an all-girls school in Epsom.

In 2012, she relocated to Houston, Texas. Here, Ashleigh worked as a member of the English Department, teaching both English and Media Studies. After four years at the British International School of Houston, Ashleigh returned to the UK and began the next stage of her career at the Royal Hospital School.

Ashleigh has a particular interest in the films of Wes Anderson, and she is also an avid reader of Shakespeare and the works of the Romantic poets.