Heage Primary School a star performer as film club's award win leaves children 'thrilled'
A PRIMARY school has beaten off competition from thousands of other schools across the country to win a national award for running a weekly film club.
Heage Primary School has been involved with education charity Filmclub, which allows pupils to watch films at the after-school club and write reviews, for five years.
The school was selected for the Filmclub of the Year Award for its dedication to running the club and tapping into the numerous resources on offer to inspire pupils.
About 70 pupils attend each week – 10 of whom are also part of Filmclub's talent development programme, through which they have reported for the charity from film premieres and press junket interviews, and hosted live webcasts with industry experts.
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Heage members have also been inspired to host themed film festivals at their school and start their own movie-making projects – including a film which won two awards at Derbyshire's regional movie awards.
Teacher Jenni Philbin and some of the pupils attended the First Light Film Awards, held at London's Odeon Leicester Square.
They received their award from actor Luke Newberry, who appeared in Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows and Anna Karenina.
Ms Philbin said: "Receiving the award was phenomenal – it still doesn't feel real. The children are thrilled and said they had the best day ever.
"Filmclub has opened so many avenues for us. I've seen shy, quiet children develop into confident and enthusiastic speakers through discussing their opinions in front of their club and the school.
"Also, club members with special educational needs have greatly benefited by having film implemented into their literacy curriculum – and the opportunities provided by the talent development scheme have been amazing."
Of the charity's 7,000 member schools, Heage Primary was one of only four shortlisted for the award.
It has made extensive use of the charity's catalogue of thousands of films from around the world, using the films and related resources to reinforce its literacy curriculum through storytelling, looking at stories from other cultures and linking movies to books to bring literature to life with audio and visual devices.