Early March 2011: We met with the Head Mistress of Bonus Pastor and the Chair of Governors to let them see the material that was being shown to children in the RE lessons. At the time, the Chair of Governors looked shocked and asked the Head Mistress whether she was aware this material was being used.
Mid March 2011: Two weeks later we received a letter from the school, (see letter School’s Response to Parents) which openly says that the school defends the material being used during their RE lessons.
Late March 2011: We approached the Commission for Schools and Colleges. They would not even look at all the material as they found it so distasteful and felt the material was not appropriate for the school. They asked us to leave it with them and they would see what they could do.
Early June 2011: We waited several months and heard nothing from the Commission for Schools and Colleges or the school itself. We then wrote to the Archbishop of Southwark and sent him a DVD of the material in question. He wrote back to say that he’d see what he could do.
Despite the best efforts of the Archbishop and the Commission for Schools and Colleges, the school remained in their position defending the material. It soon became apparent that nothing could effectively be done by the Commission for Schools and Colleges or the Archbishop, and that the school itself would have to make the decision to remove the material. It was also apparent that most parents in the school were completely unaware about this material, so we decided that the first step had to be to inform other parents at the school.
Beginning October 2011: We informed the Commission for Schools and Colleges that we would publish a website with the explicit material. We received a phone call from the Commission for Schools and Colleges telling us to wait and that they would try to speak to the school again. However, we have heard nothing to date.
1st November 2011: This website went live and we informed all the governors of this (see letter Parents Letter to ALL THE Governors of Bonus Pastor School), asking them to consider the damage it does to our children.
3rd November 2011: We distributed leaflets (see Leaflet) to parents and children after school.