‘Articles always call us ‘the school in the shadow of Grenfell’,” said impassioned teenager Olivia. “I’m like, no, we’re not the shadow. We’re the light.”
Poignant two-part documentary The Choir: Our School by the Tower (BBC Two) followed Kensington Aldridge Academy – the state secondary school next to the site of the tower block blaze, in which five of its students died – as it invited Gareth Malone to help pupils put on a concert.
After being evacuated and put up in Portakabin premises a mile away, the homecoming show will mark their return to the original building after nine months away. Headmaster David Benson envisaged it as a couple of songs. Choirmaster Malone soon realised that these students had a unique story to tell, so hatched more ambitious plans.
Eternally boyish Malone was his usual infectious, inspirational presence but this warm-hearted film was really about the youngsters. All of them displayed courage, pride in their community and camaraderie in the wake of disaster.