Largs Picture House, one of our Innovative Schools Projects in partnership with Developing the Young Workforce Ayrshire, was launched earlier this year by third year pupils.

Since its grand opening, The Picture House, has been screening films fortnightly offering a retro cinema at the school campus for the whole community to enjoy.

The students secured over £3,000 of funding, including Cashback for Communities Development Awards, which were used for the hire of projection equipment, licence fees for films, a popcorn machine and usher uniforms.

Taking part in the Enterprise Challenge, designed to develop entrepreneurial skills and to help young people become ‘business ready’, the Largs Academy team gave a very impressive performance in face of stiff competition and in front of a large audience of Ayrshire businesses, political figures and educational representatives.  

The students wowed the judges with the panel awarding them joint first prize with a fantastic £4,000 in prize money.

Walter Smith, Prince’s Trust Ayrshire Chair said:

The pupils at Largs Academy have shown not only great enthusiasm for The Picture House but have displayed entrepreneurial spirit and a desire to ensure their idea was something the whole community can enjoy. The reaction to The Picture House has been phenomenal and to have won the Sir Tom Hunter Enterprise Challenge is a reflection of their hard work, passion and commitment to making their project a success. I’m absolutely delighted for them and I’m sure it will go from strength to strength.