Grammar apologises for slave photos, ex-pupils call on grammars to improve black history teaching

Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School in Sutton Coldfield has apologised after students from the school were allowed to attend a leavers’ day celebration despite turning up as “slaves and slave masters”.

The school said it “deeply regretted” that the boys involved were not reprimanded at the 2014 event, which even saw two of them pose for a picture with teachers, the Birmingham Mail reports.

The pictures were posted on Twitter in reply to the school retweeting an image of former pupil and saxophonist Xhosa Cole, the BBC’s Young Jazz Musician in 2018 amid Black Lives Matter protests across the Midlands.

The school then tweeted: “This image is in no way representative of the values and culture of Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School. We are sure that the former students involved are ashamed of their actions.

“We in no way condone the dress of the boys pictured in the photo you mentioned us in.”

Ex pupils call on Maidstone grammars to improve teaching of black history

Ex-pupils of two grammar schools have written open letters to their former teachers calling for better teaching of race and issues raised by the Black Lives Matter campaign, Kent Live reports.

The letters, which are being shared online and have been signed by both former and current students, call on both Maidstone Grammar School for Girls and Maidstone Grammar School to ensure pupils are “better educated on black history and issues affecting BAME communities”.

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