Secondary & Colleges

Secondary & Colleges

Ideas for study

The Phoenix Cinema is an independent cinema run by a charitable trust for the community. Part of our mission is to promote film culture and to provide access to film related activities and the cinema’s heritage. Our work with secondary schools is a vital part of this. Below you can find out more information on what we have to offer KS3/4 teachers. However, we are always open to new ideas and projects, so if you think we can work together on another subject or in another way, please contact us at


Key Texts: Schools can book the cinema to screen film adaptations of key texts, e.g. Shakespeare, Modern Prose or Drama & Texts from Different Cultures, Spoken language. Screenings will have an introduction and short, practical follow up activities. Teachers’ packs are available to support follow up sessions. An introductory workshop can be booked for additional price.

Suitable for: KS3/4/AS+A level English.

Modern Languages

Screenings: We can offer a screening and introduction, plus post-show talks about the background, context & thematic links to the target culture. Screenings of independent European films can be shown in association with the appropriate cultural organisations, such as L’Institut Francais, Goethe Institute & Cervantes Instituto.  

Suitable for: KS3/4 French, German or Spanish (other languages by request).

English / History

Advice & Review Writing: Cinema-going during WWII is used as inspiration for an in-school project on advice and review writing. Pupils visit the cinema imagining it is 1941 and watch WWII news clips. This is followed by an opportunity for pupils to make their own WWII advice films to be watched back in school.

Suitable for: English / History KS3 & 4.


The First World War: The Phoenix operated continuously throughout the First World War, students watch news reels and documentaries from the period such as the 1916 documentary The Battle of the Somme before discussing the role of propaganda during war time.

Suitable for: English / History KS3 & 4.


Create a Silent film score with a silent film musician.  Students attend workshop with one of the country’s leading silent film musicians. They create their own accompaniment to a silent film and perform it at the Phoenix Cinema. (price on application)

Suitable for: Music KS3/4


Art Deco Study: Following in-school study, pupils visit the cinema to study it’s Art Deco interior and to collect images via drawing, film and photography, which will inspire a piece of work in any media on their return to school. Depending on the media used, the final work could be displayed in an exhibition in the cinema’s community gallery a few months later.

Suitable for: KS3/4 Art.


Animation workshop: led by industry professional at school, films screened at The Phoenix (price on application)

Short film workshop: led by industry professional at school or at The Phoenix, films screened at The Phoenix (price on application)

Suitable for KS3/4: Art/ Media / IT/ Film Studies

The Phoenix Cinema can also be used as a case study: for marketing / business / design students.

Screening Prices

Please get in touch to discuss your requirements. The prices below are approximate and subject to change.

Event / key text screenings: £1-2.50 per pupil ticket. Accompanying adults free of charge.

National Theatre/ RSC: £2.50 per pupil tickets.  Accompanying adults free of charge.

Private hires approx. £250, mornings only (Exclusive use of auditorium for 2.5 hours, plus film of choice if covered by license)

Workshops: From £200 for a class of 30