Chelsea Community Hospital School

Chelsea Community Hospital School is a Community Special School of the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea (RBKC) which provides education for children and young people while they are in hospital (www.cchs.org.uk). It also has places for a number of students who cannot access mainstream school due to their medical conditions. It works at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital and three other hospital sites in London. It aims to ensure that children and young people have their rights to education preserved whilst in hospital. The Independent Film Trust organised a course for a group of pupils in February 2013.

The Link Primary School

The Link Primary School is a specialist school in Croydon for children with language and communication difficulties (http://www.linkprim.co.uk/).  The school has up to 40 pupils at any one time.  Some of the children have problems with their receptive or expressive language; others are on the autistic spectrum, or have Asperger’s Syndrome.  The school offers the children therapies for their conditions, as well as the chance to participate in unique activities, including: riding, boccia, dance, movement, challengers and cookery.  The Independent Film Trust provided a course for the Link Primary School in January and February 2012.

Pursuing Independent Paths 

Pursuing Independent Paths (PIP) is a charity based in Maida Vale (West London) which helps adults with learning difficulties to achieve their potential (http://www.piponline.org.uk/).  PIP offers accredited training and education.  This includes basic skills such as literacy and numeracy, but also travel training, independent living skills, social and emotional development, employment skills and work placements, and support for entry into mainstream education.  In addition to its training and educational activities, the charity offers social outings and residential holidays.  The Independent Film Trust provided a course to PIP between November 2011 and February 2012.

The Hampton Project

The Hampton Project is an educational charity which helps 14- to 16-year-olds who have been excluded from the mainstream education system, and who have committed a criminal offence, or are at risk of doing so (http://www.hamptonproject.org/).  The Hampton Project was founded over 30 years ago, and operates in the area between Balham and Streatham Hill stations in south-west London.  The Project has places for 18 young people and offers academic, vocational and social education. In terms of academic education, the Project offers: entry-level qualifications in English, Maths and IT; GCSEs in English, Maths, Art and ICT; and, ASDAN bronze and silver awards.  The Project also runs a vocational education workshop to teach practical skills, concentrating on carpentry, furniture making and restoration, picture framing, painting and decorating, and general building maintenance. In addition, the Project provides informal education dealing with issues that affect young people outside the classroom, such as youth crime, substance misuse, risky sexual behaviour, emotional problems and school failure. The Independent Film Trust provided a course for the Hampton Project in June 2011.

Stoke Newington School & Sixth Form

Stoke Newington School & Sixth Form is located in the London Borough of Hackney (http://www.sns.hackney.sch.uk/).  The school is located in one of the most diverse communities in the United Kingdom and offers education to over 1,300 pupils aged 11-19.  Since 2001, Stoke Newington has been a specialist school for media arts.  In 2006, the school acquired new specialisms in science and maths.  More recently, the school has been allocated additional funding to become a fully-inclusive school.  The school’s specialist media arts subjects are: art, media and music.  The school has recently been granted ‘School of Creativity’ status and was awarded an ArtsMark Gold for the third time by the Arts Council in 2009.  Due to its specialist status, the school is able to access additional funding to provide facilities such as a music studio and a media suite, together with specialist staff.  In connection with the school’s focus on media arts, the Independent Film Trust ran a course at the school in July 2010.

Wandsworth City Learning Centre

Wandsworth City Learning Centre provides services to promote teaching and learning through the use of technology  (http://www.wandsworthclc.org/).   The CLC team consists of media industry experts who can provide training and facilities to engage and enthuse learners with techniques such as: animation, film making, augmented reality, photography, gaming, music technology, visual arts, mobile learning and innovative data analysis.  In particular, the CLC supports schools to deliver ICT provision across all subject areas and all key stages.  It offers workshops, projects and bespoke programmes and can hire out specialist equipment to institutions.  The Wandsworth CLC has delivered Continuing Professional Development and training to over 10,000 school and Local Authority staff, and is an Apple Regional Training Centre.  The Independent Film Trust provided a course at the Wandsworth CLC in June 2010.

Portugal Prints 

Portugal Prints (PP) is an innovative mental health project based in Central London (http://www.portugalprints.org.uk/).  It is the creative work project of Westminster Mind, a charity based in the City of Westminster which provides services to people affected by mental health issues.  Portugal Prints is a charity which runs a commercial print and design operation.  Its members can explore their creativity and skills in the charity’s art studio and design centre as part of their path towards recovery and their entry into the workplace.  PP offers its members opportunities for computer training, graphic design courses, and administration and reception duties.  The charity sells bespoke and special occasion cards as well as supplying design services which include logo design, photo restoration, brand development, and the design of posters, leaflets and newsletters.  The Independent Film Trust worked on a project, ‘Vision Shorts’, with Portugal Prints between January and March 2010.  This initiative was also supported by Westminster City Council and the Raindance organisation.  One of the films produced during the project, the animation ‘Night Music’ by Paul Jacques, was screened at the Raindance Film Festival in October 2010.

Royal Holloway, University of London

Royal Holloway, University of London (RHUL) is one of the largest colleges of the University of London (http://www.rhul.ac.uk/).   RHUL has about 9,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students in three faculties with 18 academic departments.  Its main campus is located in 135 acres of parkland near Egham in Surrey, together with a central London base in Bedford Square.  With an excellent reputation for teaching and research in general, its Media Arts department is consistently rated in the top ten in the United Kingdom.  The Independent Film Trust held its pilot course at RHUL in December 2008.