Church of England Primary schools

No, national and diocesan guidance on admissions to Voluntary Aided schools stress the importance of simple, clear criteria, which (for 'faith' places) focus solely on attendance at worship, either on Sunday or another day of the week. There is nothing inherently 'middle class' about going to church (and if parents are opposed to attending worship it is difficult to see why they would be seeking a place at a school because of its Christian foundation and ethos).

The CofE has always supported the ban on interviews, additional tests or the seeking of other information about the family.

The Church's own analysis shows that, across the whole school stock (secondary and primary), the CofE has an almost identical proportion of schools labelled as having 'severe' disadvantage (over 30% eligible for free school meals) as the rest of the state sector.

The simple answer is that some may, in order to meet the entrance requirements of the school they have chosen (i.e if it is a popular Voluntary Aided school). Even if one accepts the idea that this is wrong, it is not dissimilar to parents who live outside the area served by a popular community school claiming to live at an address within the area, or even to move house so they do live in the area. It is easy to be judgmental: for some families attending church can turn into genuine commitment.

The Church considers it essential that children learn about the major faiths represented in Britain today as well as having a sound grounding in Christian faith and belief. Therefore, all RE syllabuses taught in church schools are multi-faith and require students to learn about at least the six major world faiths. The recent non-statutory Framework for RE reinforces this requirement.


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