Parents told by text they can’t film nativity

Gladstone Road Infants School Reception Yellow & Green reception class nativity 'The Christmas Story''  Photo by Andrew Higgins 124938a   07/12/12

Gladstone Road Infants School Reception Yellow & Green reception class nativity 'The Christmas Story'' Photo by Andrew Higgins 124938a 07/12/12

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Parents are angry after they were sent a text two hours before their children’s nativity started, banning them from filming it.

Mums and dads of the four and five year olds were told pupil safety was to blame for the decision to block cameras from Gladstone Road School’s reception-year show.

Gladstone Road Primary School. pic Richard Ponter 155106b

Gladstone Road Primary School. pic Richard Ponter 155106b

The school says it acted over concerns that footage of vulnerable children could be shared on Facebook. However, parents say the school should have acted earlier. “I was a bit miffed to say the least,” said Katrina Young, whose daughter was in the production.

“When your children start school, nativity is special and you want that film to watch for years to come, so when we were told we couldn’t film, it was crushing.”

The school did produce a film, which will be made available to parents. But mum Sarah Rogerson said while she understands the school’s concern it was too short notice.

“If you have children that can’t be filmed then I understand that, but considering the disclaimers were signed ages ago, the school should’ve had everything in place,” said the 40-year-old.

Outside the school, parents were split on the issue. Some said the school should have acted earlier, but another said: “At the end of the day, children’s safety is the most important thing.”

A school spokesman said: “We informed parents that this year the performance couldn’t be filmed because of concerns around safeguarding of some of the children at the school, as there was a risk of harm if the videos were shared more widely on social media, for example.

“As traditionally the school had been able to allow filming, the headteacher did not want to wait until parents arrived at the performance to inform them of this change, and, therefore, advised them in advance. We acknowledged this change came with late notification and regretted the late notice.”