ARDEN Pincipal Martin Murphy has apologised for ‘any upset caused’ by the school flying the German flag on the anniversary of the D-Day landings.
The school raised the flag, alongside a Union Jack and the Arden Academy flag to welcome the latest group of German exchange students visiting the village.
Given the sensitive nature of the occasion on the 70th anniversary of the landings, the decision to fly the German flag was met with hostility from certain corners – including some former servicemen.
But in a joint statement released this week with the Knowle branch of the Royal British Legion, Mr Murphy said: “We apologise for any upset caused.
“The flag was raised late on Friday 6th June in order to celebrate and welcome the latest group of German students from Albert Einstein Schule who are taking part in the Year 9 exchange programme.
“The two schools have been associated for over fifteen years and recognise the many benefits of such an experience both to the students involved and their communities.”
Arden is holding a World War 1 commemorative event on June 27 in which The Knowle branch of the Royal British legion will be playing a key part alongside Arden students, the Knowle Society, Knowle Local History Society, The Rotary Club and members of the The Royal Star and Garter home in Solihull.
Ray Warren Chair of Knowle Royal British Legion added: “It is disappointing that some negative comments have been made – these do not reflect the views of the Royal British Legion.
“We are looking forward to working with Arden and we are delighted to welcome the German students to our community.”