YOUNGSTERS at York’s pupil support centre have put their acting talents to the test and been nominated for a top award.

The group of six GCSE expressive arts pupils – Loren Rice, Jordan Davis, Arri Mason, Ellie Boyes, Jack Johnson and Alicia Hardy – from Danesgate Pupil Support Centre, in Fulford, received the nomination for a Princes Trust Celebrate Success award for their film about the dangers of carrying a knife.

Their teacher, Ellen Cook, said: “They successfully applied for a grant from the Ben Kinsella and Princes Trust Fund and have come in the top three in the north, in their category.

“The awards event is at Aspire Hotel in Leeds today and if we win this award we will be invited to London for the national awards.”

Mrs Cook said the film has been shot in a Sliding Doors style with split screen and two versions of the same story being told about a teenage boy who in one version decides to take a knife out with him and doesn’t in the other.

She said: “The pupils shot the film themselves over the summer at the Zoo skatepark at Foss Bank.

“It’s not the first film they have done. They did one previously on teenage pregnancy. They come up with the ideas and I try to get funding for it.”

The pupil support centre is a pupil referral unit for students aged 11 to 16 who have been excluded, or are in danger of being excluded, from mainstream schools.

The centre is part of the York Behaviour Support Service and serves the whole of the city.