Young Barnstaple film buffs head to the cinema

Joseph Bulmer

National Schools Film Week enables North Devon pupils to enjoy a big screen experience.

EAGER film goers from Pilton Bluecoat School were among hundreds of North Devon schoolchildren who were able to go along and see a free movie at their local cinema as part of National Schools Film Week.

Throughout the week the Film Education charity was offering free tickets for local schools to see a variety of shows to suit all ages groups at both Ilfracombe Embassy Cinema and Barnstaple Central Cinema.

The festival supports work in the classroom by providing schools with an experience for students that ties into the curriculum, backed up by an online library of resources for teachers.

Pilton Bluecoat headteacher Paul Mulligan said Film Week was an occasion the whole school looked forward to:

“It’s a really good community event for us and on top of that enables us to do follow on literacy work about the film in school, such as getting the children to write critiques,” said Mr Mulligan.

The school is not short on movie buffs as it runs its own film club, with pupils able to watch a range of suitable films via a national online resource.