Watch: Sacred Heart Primary School’s award-winning The Magic Pencil


Pupils at Sacred Heart Primary School in Kirkstall received the red carpet treatment in London’s Leicester Square when they won a top award for a short film they’d produced.

The Magic Pencil is a short comedy about a girl who finds a magic pencil that does all her schoolwork for her. Not content with being top of the class, she uses the pencil to ruin all her classmates’ work. But it soon becomes apparent that the life of an evil genius can be a lonely one…

The film won the ‘Best Animation: 12 and Under’ category at the Into Film Awards, which puts film at the heart of children and young people’s learning, contributing to their cultural, creative and personal development.

Kirk Weddell, Writer and Into Film Awards Judge said:

“Comedy is a very difficult thing to do well but this had me smiling all the way through.”

Pupils produced the film with Hull-based production company My Pockets.

They received the award by actress Jenn Murray, who appeared as Chastity Barebone in Harry Potter prequel movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.


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