Project information

Zombie Horror Film Summer School for ages 11-16

A 5-day summer school, created by and for local young people facing challenging circumstances. Delivered by Stratford Circus Arts Centre with Rose Bruford College, 30 participants aged 11-16 will undertake a crash course in all elements of filmmaking to create their own exciting Zombie Horror film.

July 2017 - July 2017

Charity information: Stratford Circus Arts Centre

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  • Need


    4 in 10 young people in Newham live in poverty and can't afford to take part in positive activities over the holidays. This leads to boredom and gaps in attainment. For some, without the free meals schools provide, the summer holidays can also mean a lack of available healthy food. Many vulnerable young people are at risk of falling behind in terms of attainment and progression, including Young Carers who face many challenges and demands at home which put pressure on their school work.


    Vulnerable young people including young carers and those from low income families will participate in challenging, fun arts activity during the holidays with free lunches. The fun-filled week of creating a Zombie Horror Film together will give these young people a week off from their daily challenges. Working with a professional arts centre and HE college, participation will increase the life chances of disadvantaged young people by opening progression routes & improving confidence & wellbeing.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Recruit 30 young people in challenging circumstances


    » Work with Family Action to recruit young carers and young people from troubled families
    » Work with secondary schools to identify pupil premium students (from low income families) and refer to summer school
    » Work with Newham Virtual School to recruit young people in care onto the summer school
    » Promote the summer schools through other targeted community contacts and charities

    Success will be recruiting participants and retaining them throughout the week. This will be tracked through a daily attendance register.

    Aim 2

    Deliver a Zombie Horror Filmmaking summer school that engages young people and develops new skills


    » Recruit lead artist filmmaker who will plan and deliver a high quality summer school
    » Recruit guest artists to lead workshops on other specialist areas during the summer school including make-up and special effects
    » Deliver activities which introduce participants to skills in script writing, character development and storyboarding
    » Use professional facilities/equipment and introduce participants to camera work, directing and editing to create final film

    We will collect participant feedback forms at the end of the week. Success will be at least 75% reporting that they learnt new skills, and creating a final film.

    Aim 3

    Provide positive summer holiday activity and free catering


    » Host summer school in Stratford Circus Arts Centre – a safe, accessible, community-centric space
    » Provide staff from Creative Learning and outreach teams to manage/coordinate project and offer pastoral support
    » Provide transport for participants to the Rose Bruford campus in Kent for a day trip and to use their facilities
    » Provide lunch for all participants every day of the summer school, including lunch vouchers for Rose Bruford canteen during day trip

    80% of participant feedback forms report they enjoyed the project & feedback forms from parents and staff from partner organisations report a positive impact on the participants.

    Aim 4

    Involve local young people in the planning of the summer school


    » Base summer school plans on proposal and plan designed by Newham Young Carers during summer project delivered by SCAC and Rose Bruford in July 2016

    6 Young Carers report in feedback forms that this summer school reflected the plans they designed last summer

    Aim 5

    Introduce participants to HE college and arts centre for the first time and raise aspirations


    » Deliver summer school in Stratford Circus Arts Centre's professional theatre spaces, working with staff including technicians & Front of House
    » Provide a day trip for participants to Rose Bruford campus in Sidcup on one day of the summer school including free transport and lunch vouchers
    » Offer opportunities for participants to meet Rose Bruford students and staff through them leading sessions and guiding tour of campus
    » Provide a tour of Rose Bruford spaces e.g. theatre spaces and wardrobe department, and opportunities to try facilities such as sound and lighting labs

    Feedback form will ask about prior experience with HE or arts organisations and future plans to pursue a connection with either organisation, further study or career progression.

  • Impact


    The project will raise participants’ aspirations through introducing them to professional and HE settings for the first time and supporting them to maintain a connection with these organisations beyond the project. The programme will build confidence and develop skills through arts activity and improve general wellbeing through offering a positive, creative and social activity during the holidays, giving young people a week off from their daily responsibilities and challenges.


    The main risk with targeted youth work is a potential lack of commitment from participants to the full week. We will mitigate this risk by working closely with the partners who will refer the young people as they hold trust-based relationships with the young people and their families, and can support attendance. Our Creative Learning Officer will also be responsible for pastoral care during the week, being available for young people to speak to and building rapport/trust over the week.


    Donors to this project will receive an evaluation report after the project has ended which will include outcomes, feedback and quotes from participants and the staff who referred them, and an opportunity to see the final film.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £14,547

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,800 Artist fees Lead artist planning and 5 days delivery, plus 3 assistants and 3 guest artists
      £1,050 Catering Lunch and refreshments for all participants over 5 days
      £1,100 Materials/equipment Camera equipment hire, costumes, props, paper
      £704 Technical staff Duty Technician for 4 days at SCAC
      £3,900 Venue hire 4 days in SCAC theatre space & 1 day at Rose Bruford
      £400 Transport Minibus hire for 1 day trip to Rose Bruford
      £3,593 Project Management SCAC Creative Learning team & Rose Bruford Outreach Manager
      £1,000 Marketing Design & print of flyers, photography

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Rose Bruford Colleage - cash contribution £2,500 Guaranteed
    Rose Bruford College in kind contribution (space & Outreach Manager) £1,500 Guaranteed
    SCAC in kind contribution (towards space hire) £510 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Newham is one of the most deprived boroughs in the country. Every ward is in the 20% most deprived with a 41% family poverty rate. Employment rates are low and over 20% are illegally employed below minimum wage. 73.2% of the population are BAME and 66.3% of secondary pupils do not have English as their first language. Participants will be from low socio-economic backgrounds and living in a borough with high levels of unemployment relegating them to a life of relative poverty and low aspiration.


    30 young people aged 11-16 from Newham. All participants will be from low income families or facing challenging circumstances which usually provide barriers to taking part in this kind of opportunity, or for whom the summer holidays are particularly challenging. The young people will be recruited from:
    - secondary schools identifying pupil premium students (families on low income)
    - Family Action (young carers)
    - Newham Virtual School (looked after children)
    - Refugee charities
    - Foodbanks

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Stratford Circus Arts Centre is a leading independent arts centre and charity in Stratford, Newham. Since 2001 we have worked in the community, engaging and supporting thousands of children and young people every year through innovative creative projects. We ensure our venue and programmes are safe, welcoming and accessible for young people creating a sense of belonging and give young people a voice and real ownership over our programme through year round consultations and youth-led projects.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Becky Lees

    SCAC Creative Learning Manager: manage the project and budget, including planning and recruiting delivery team

    Tom Newton

    SCAC Creative Learning Officer: coordinate the project, liaising with groups and leading on administration and pastoral care during the week.

    Sam Perez-Lumbreras

    Rose Bruford Outreach Manager: work with SCAC team to plan project, recruit delivery team and will lead on arrangements for day trip to Rose Bruford.


will pay (with match-funding) for 1 young person to participate in the film making school for 1 day

“Being a young carer, it can be stressful and hard to keep track of homework and exams. You can’t really socialise much which can be really boring at times and feel really unfair. I think this summer school is important for young carers because it’s a chance to get away from their responsibilities."

Young Carer, age 14