Mother ‘horrified’ at drama students’ Grenfell Tower recreation in classroom

PUBLISHED: 07:53 15 November 2017 | UPDATED: 07:53 15 November 2017

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A parent was ‘horrified’ to learn the Grenfell Tower fire disaster, which claimed the lives of more than 80 people, was re-enacted by drama students in their child’s class.

Churchill Academy says its performing arts faculty is second to none.Churchill Academy says its performing arts faculty is second to none.

Churchill Academy and Sixth Form pupils carried out ‘inappropriate and disrespectful’ recreations of disasters within a current affairs module, according to a parent.

The parent said she was angered when their child told them what had taken place.

The school insists ‘at no point were students asked to recreate or enact the Grenfell disaster itself’, and children were able to explore other topics if they felt uncomfortable.

The parent said: “The school is doing current affairs in drama at the moment and topics have included things like Hurricane Irma, which I find inappropriate and disrespectful due to people either losing their lives or livelihoods.

“The main topic that was brought to our attention was children re-enacting the Grenfell Tower fire.

“My partner and I were horrified to find out they were doing these topics at school, along with other family members.

“My child is in year 11, and this made them feel very uncomfortable as she has been brought up with a strong moral compass and understands that it is disrespectful. This is also the reason she opened up and told us what they were doing in drama.

“I agree current affairs need to be spoken about, but we just disagree with the method and timing of it all.”

A spokesman said the academy ‘runs a rich and diverse drama curriculum’ and its performing arts faculty is ‘second to none’.

They added: “Drama lessons use a range of events from current affairs as stimuli for students to develop their own ideas and performance pieces.

“Students develop those ideas which they are excited and comfortable to pursue. The use of current affairs allows our students to explore important social, economic and emotional subjects that are 
relevant in today’s society, while developing and devising their performance skills.

“We are sympathetic to all concerns registered by students and parents, and treat all such concerns seriously. At no point has the academy asked students to recreate or enact the Grenfell disaster itself.

“Any students who were uncomfortable with exploring this topic were able to explore alternatives.”

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