Free movie tickets for pupils

WHITBY schoolchildren will be among thousands of youngsters who can take a trip to the cinema free of charge, throughout National Schools Film Week.

On 16 and 17 October pupils will be given the opportunity to catch The Adventures of Tin Tin: The Secret of the Unicorn or The Muppets at Whitby Pavilion.

Kerry Pitches, learning programmes co-ordinator at Whitby Pavilion, said: “National Schools Film Week improves existing links with schools. It shows the dedication of the cinema to film and education and our charity specifically. The cinema staff personally introduce films and provide short background information so they also are appreciated for that personal touch, and the children gain more interest.”

Last year 470,000 students attended the festival and Emily Young, secretary of St Hilda’s primary school, said: “For many of the students this was their first time going to the cinema and it was great that they could do this with their school friends. They thoroughly enjoyed the film and talked about it a lot afterwards with their friends, it definitely helped with their socialisation and bonding with other students. It makes the children think about their behaviour and improves their concentration.”

To book free tickets, schools are encouraged to visit www.nationalschoolsfilmweek.org