Region: North East

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: School Workshops

Address: Tyneside Cinema, 10 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 6QG

Contact: 0191 227 5508



Tyneside Cinema is an award-winning independent cinema and arts venue based in Newcastle city centre.

Designed with the help of teachers, our one-day school filmmaking workshops for Key Stage 2 - 5 are a brilliant way to engage students with the demands of the curriculum in a fun and creative way, preparing them for their coursework and contributing towards their qualifications.

Each workshop explores a range of curriculum links and helps develop and extend students' understanding of the subject and ability to engage with it in a number of ways.

They are also highly effective at developing confidence, communication skills and ability to work as part of a team.

Our workshops can be themed around a topic such as The Movie Business, The Newsreel, Film Trailers, Music Videos or Animation – Old And New: alternatively we can tailor workshops to your students' learning requirements.

Workshops are based at our Pop-Up Film School in central Newcastle, just across the road from Tyneside Cinema. This dedicated space for playful adventures in filmmaking is packed full of professional quality filmmaking and editing equipment.

You can browse our current list of workshops for Primary schools at

Browse our list of workshops for Secondary schools at

Please summarize why you are great to support learning.
We provide unique opportunities in this region to use film as a vehicle to explore different subjects in a fun and creative way, building students’ interest and confidence.

We offer:

  • Authentic experiences that connect to the real life film industry
  • Links to the national curriculum and Arts Award – we can also support the achievement of ArtsMark
  • Activities that encourage students to get involved with content, with an emphasis on playful and enjoyable learning
  • State-of-the-art equipment and facilities
  • A professional team of filmmakers and industry experts
  • Many years’ experience of delivering excellent learning programmes in an exciting and fun environment

We run workshops from Key Stage 2 up to Key Stage 5, for ages 7 to 18. The workshops are all geared toward the relevant age group and their curriculum requirements. & Curriculum links include Media Studies, Film Studies, English, History, Literacy, Art & Design, Enterprise and Business.

What does a typical school workshop visit include?
The exact format of your workshop will vary depending on which session you choose and how much time you have available, but as a guide most workshops work as follows:

  • Begin with an introduction to the topic.
  • An introduction to the equipment and how to use it.
  • Pre-production, which will involve a script read through, acquiring and making anything that might be needed for the films
  • Lunch
  • Shoot and edit your films
  • Enjoy a group screening

The one-off workshop fee of £350 includes absolutely everything apart from your lunch and travel. Briefly, this includes exclusive use of Tyneside Cinema’s Pop-Up Film School and all of our professional filmmaking equipment, props, costumes, the undivided attention of our experienced team of filmmakers and artists, a post-workshop edit of your films and delivery of these films to school within a week of your visit.

Do you have a video on YouTube or anywhere else that you would like to link to?
Watch a trailer for our Schools programme at:&

Watch a short film made by Post-16 students from Kenton School in Newcastle on a recent visit to Tyneside Cinema:

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What group sizes do you cater for?
Our workshops are suitable for groups of up to 30 students at a time.

Our recommended number of adults to bring depends on the number of students in your group. For groups of around 30 we split them into three separate crews and it’s good to have an adult for each group. Attending adults don’t need to know anything about film or filming but as far as is reasonable we expect them to be in charge of discipline. For toileting and any first aid it helps to have a mix of genders, if possible.

Do you provide projects, teacher’s packs, work sheets or any other useful information?&
When you make your booking we will provide you with a general hazard identification form. This will be accompanied by a specific risk assessment for the workshop you are going to take part in, if there are any significant additional risks involved.

Activity in our Pop-Up Film School may involve some basic health and safety risks which we will always aim to keep to a minimum. The workshop facilitator will begin the day with a health and safety briefing which will cover any risks and how to help minimise them.

For some of our workshops we have specific resources that can help you to prepare for your visit, or consolidate your learning when you go back to school. We will include these with your confirmation email, where appropriate.

Teachers are welcome to make a preliminary visit to Pop-Up Film School: just get in touch with the Learning and Participation team either via email ( or by phone (0191 227 5508) and we’ll try and arrange for a tour around the Pop-Up Film School for you where we can answer any further questions you might have.

Are you happy for children to take photos, video or audio if appropriate?
There are no restrictions on children taking photos, video or audio during our workshops, though we hope of course that groups spend their day on the core filmmaking activity rather than simply taking photos, as this will be more beneficial and more fun!

Additionally, if a specific school or group has restrictions on taking photos of individual students, for instance due to safeguarding sensitivities, we are happy to accommodate this.

Are your team CRB checked for attending schools/colleges etc?
All our Learning and Participation team are CRB/DBS checked.

Does your company have an education officer?
Our Learning & Participation team can be reached on 0191 227 5508 or by email to

What is the cost?
Our one-off workshop fee of £350 includes absolutely everything apart from your lunch and travel. Briefly, this includes exclusive use of Tyneside Cinema’s Pop-Up Film School and all of our professional filmmaking equipment, props, costumes, the undivided attention of our experienced team of filmmakers and artists, a post-workshop edit of your films and delivery of these films to school within a week of your visit.

If you’d like to see at film at Tyneside Cinema after your workshop we are happy to help with this. We can arrange private screenings for school and college groups, given enough advance notice.

We also offer a special deal on cinema tickets for schools - teachers get one free ticket for every ten booked! Call our Box Office on 0191 227 5500 or email to book tickets for your school group.

If your students are aged 15-19 they can also join our FREE Young Tyneside scheme and get cinema tickets for just £4 – visit for more details.

Is specific clothing required for when you visit?
No specific clothing is required.

Are your workshop team first aid trained?
At least one first aid trained team member will be on site during our workshops.

Where geographically will you visit?
Our workshops for schools are based at our dedicated ‘Pop-Up Film School’ in central Newcastle, across the road from Tyneside Cinema, but we are happy to visit schools across the region to deliver roadshows to students and/or teachers.

Our roadshows for teachers focus on the educational benefits of our work and the CPD support we can offer teachers and lecturers, and we suggest scheduling these at lunchtime or after the school day has finished.

Our roadshows for students focus on the fun elements of a visit to Tyneside Cinema - we suggest scheduling these as part of a school assembly.

Do you have any testimonials from previous schools we can include?
Read some testimonials from teachers and students:

‘This workshop was amazing - one child genuinely said that it was his favourite school day ever...The children have absolutely loved it and more than that, they have learned a whole host of skills’
Teacher at Wellfield School in North Tyneside

‘The visit helped my students to make a real connection from their A Level project to the commercial world of movie promotion and marketing...All of the students I spoke to during and after the event were enthusiastic about their visit.
Lecturer at Newcastle Sixth Form College

‘It’s good to have enrichment activity like this where students can come and experience working as part of a team and having a bit of fun. It’s great to see the students collaborating effectively and developing technical skills beyond what I think they would do in the time given at school’
Dan Bowen, head of Media Studies at Kenton School.

‘I’d done things at school like this but I’d never done things quite on the same scale and quite as professionally’
Student at Kenton School

‘It’s better than sitting in the classroom and watching things being done – we actually got to do it ourselves. This is a much better day than normal school!’
Student at Kenton School

What if I need to cancel my visit?
Let us know as soon as possible! We can usually rearrange your visit for another convenient date in the event of a cancellation, but if we’re ready and waiting and a group doesn’t show up we reserve the right to charge a fee to cover our costs.

Is car/coach parking available nearby?
The nearest car parks to Tyneside Cinema are the Oxford Multi-Storey (NE1 8BS) and NCP New Bridge Street (NE1 8AB). & There is one coach park on Ord Street by the Metro Radio Arena. For further information, please contact the Parking Department on 0191 261 4503.

For more information on travelling to Tyneside Cinema in general please visit:

Is there anywhere to leave my belongings?
Because your use of the Pop-Up Film School is exclusive on the day of your visit we can store your belongings securely for the duration of your time with us. We’d recommend against bringing valuables in case they get lost or damaged, and we’re afraid we can’t be held liable if this does happen.

Age of Children / Pupils: 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Type of Visit: Arts & Galleries Crafts Cinemas / Film Film Making Performing Arts Workshops Science & Technology SEN Team Building

Curriculum Topics Covered: Art and Design Business Studies Design and Technology Drama English History ICT Leisure & Tourism Media MFL Music Science

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December

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