Local Hero winning pupils treated to cinema day

Pilrig pupils Abigail Hillen, Shannon Leitch, Willian McLuckie, Dionne Forrest, Sean McNeill and Dylan Walker. Picture: Phil Wilkinson

Pilrig pupils Abigail Hillen, Shannon Leitch, Willian McLuckie, Dionne Forrest, Sean McNeill and Dylan Walker. Picture: Phil Wilkinson

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More than 100 pupils have been treated to a behind-the-scenes look at a city cinema after winning an Evening News Local Hero award.

Students from Pilrig Park school were invited to attend an end-of-term special screening at the Vue Cinema in the Omni Centre after the manager was on hand to see them pick up the School of the Year award at last month’s event.

And after talking it over with the organisers, pupils asked to see a special screening of blockbuster Pitch Perfect 2 – and even got to enjoy it without any adverts or trailers in their very own private screening room.

To make the day even more special for the youngsters, bosses took them on behind-the-scenes tour so they could see how the projection equipment works.

Pilrig Park School meets the additional support needs of young people with complex learning difficulties including autism. And Vue runs autism-friendly screenings of popular films on the last Sunday of each month where adjustments include no adverts, low lighting and lower volume sound.

A spokeswoman for the Omni Centre said: “It was a privilege to welcome the staff and pupils from Pilrig Park School to the Omni Centre today. Vue cinema draws huge audiences each week, but perhaps not many people are aware of the autism-friendly screenings.

“The event seemed to go down very well and pupils enjoyed the opportunity to tour the projection suites to see the inner workings of modern cinema at its best.”

The school was named the Evening News School of the Year, with teachers praised for taking a strong vocational approach to learning to equip pupils for life in the real world, with youngsters able to work in a beauty salon, a painting and decorating department and a hospitality suite.

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