Parents of Matilda stage star in council home schooling row

Feb 13, 2018 by

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Parents of West End actor Lilian Hardy, 12, are facing legal action from Westminster council

The parents of one of the child stars of the West End stage show Matilda are facing legal action in a row with their local council over their daughter’s home education.

Lilian Hardy, 12, who played the title role for six months last year and hopes to study English at Oxford, has never attended school. She has been educated at home throughout her life.

Her parents, Edward Hardy and Eileen Tracy, who say their daughter has thrived as a result of home schooling, may have to go to court if the local authority is not satisfied that Lilian is receiving a suitable education.

Westminster council was only alerted to Lilian’s situation when the Royal Shakespeare Company, which produces the multi-award-winning stage show, applied for a child performance licence for Lilian after she was cast in the title role.

Lilian had never previously appeared on stage, though she attended a small drama and music group for home-educated children. She auditioned for an ensemble role in the West End musical but ended up landing the lead, and performed at the Cambridge Theatre in London until last September.

Source: Parents of Matilda stage star in council home schooling row | Education | The Guardian

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