Indoctrination? Catholic primary school asks pupils to dress as slaves for Black History Month

Institutionalised Racism?

Black History Month calls for the celebration of the black culture and their vast contribution to history. Individuals, organisations, charities and schools acknowledge this and so organise events and get students involved.


Religious crusades played a massive role in Africa and the slave trade. St Winefride’s CATHOLIC Primary School in Manor Park, sent letters asking parents for children to come to school dressed as slaves. It stated “dirty and worn out” clothes. This was for a special assembly of the year two class.

The letter added. “It might be an idea to not wash these clothes and stain them with tea or coffee to look more authentic.”

There is a clear lack of respect and empathy towards the black culture. This is not the first incident that has taken place in short space of time in relation to a school.

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The student of Fulham Boys School (FBS), in London, was told that he would have to cut it his dreadlocks. If not than he would be placed in isolation.



St Winefride would not ask their children to come in wearing striped pyjamas to re-enact the Holocaust. Why does the individual teacher believe that asking her pupils to come in dressed as slaves is acceptable?


The school have said that this was the rogue actions of an individual teacher. The headteacher, Paul Underwood, today issued an apology.

“I apologise on behalf of the school for Friday’s unauthorised letter and the offence caused,” he said.

A spokeswoman for the school said: “We deeply regret the offence caused to our pupils and school community. This letter was sent out without the approval of the school’s senior management team or governors.”

A letter has gone out to parents to apologise and the school have taken steps to ensure an incident like this does not happen again.

“We understand the importance of Black History Month and celebrate this by studying the success and achievements of black role models.

“The content of this letter is not in keeping with the ethos of the school or a reflection of how the school celebrates Black History Month.”