Inspired pupils create documentary on new Academy building

Pupils from the Co-operative Academy of Manchester have created a documentary film about their new facility and prove that construction really does have the power to inspire young minds.

NWCH Framework partner, Morgan Sindall has successfully handed over a £16.6 million two storey extension to the Co-operative Academy in Blackley, Manchester. Completed in July 2018, the new facility features a state-of-the-art 300 seat theatre including a professional specification lighting rig and acoustics, performing arts spaces and sports facilities with a two storey climbing wall.

To be used by both academy students and the local community, the theatre is the centrepiece of the development and will help the academy cater for an expected increase in student numbers in the coming years.

As well as undertaking a number of construction-related educational events with the academy, Morgan Sindall used the build process to engage and inspire pupils whose future ambitions were more directly related to the academy’s arts specialism.

A holiday club funded by Morgan Sindall was arranged in partnership with a local film and media agency to teach pupils visual-media skills. Via a series of workshops, twelve pupils learnt about filming, presenting, interviewing, graphics and video editing, and put their new talents into practice on the production of a documentary film about the new Co-op Academy building.

The pupils helped to conduct and record interviews with the site team and teachers, filmed footage of the new building in use, and also cut and edited the content into the final piece which can be viewed here.

The pupils, who all attended the holiday club on a voluntary basis, found the experience highly rewarding and have demonstrated that construction really does have the power to inspire young minds.

 “We’ve been learning how to film, edit and how to interview people. It’s really helped my confidence and my understanding of how film and media works.” Wendy, Co-op Academy pupil

“I’ve really enjoyed learning about cutting and editing. I’ve always wanted to do acting or producing but I never thought I could do editing – I now know that I can do it now and that it is really fun!” Angel, Co-op Academy pupil

The footage is now being further developed into a promotional film to be used by the Co-op Academy to attract future pupils to study at their facility.

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