News by email Donate


Top Stories

Most Read

Popular Videos

UK News

Christians call for change in faith school admission policy

They have written an open letter to The Guardian newspaper, which said some parents are going to church when they normally would not, to get their child into a good school. This in turn makes Church of England attendance figures look bigger than they really are.

The letter said because Christian pupils are often from more wealthy backgrounds, the school's achievements are boosted. The signatories think Church of England schools are "turned to the advantage of those who are already advantaged."

The full letter, signed by clergy, theologians, experts and MPs, can be read here.

One of the signatories, Revd Stephen Terry from the Parish of Aldrington in Hove, told Premier's News Hour: "My particular problem with the current situation is that it doesn't give everybody a level playing field.

"I have no objection to faith schools, but I do think they should be open to all without qualification and without selection.

"This is an unfair way of proceeding, we should open our Church of England schools to anyone who wishes to send their child, and have an open selection, and inclusive selection policy which reflects this.

"On grounds of natural justice and pure fairness, we feel this is the right way forward."

The Church of England's Board of Education and The National Society, which is part of the Anglican Church's school work, issues guidelines on admissions policy to the 41 dioceses. These dioceses in turn issue admissions guidance to CofE schools located within them, which each have different admissions policies.

Not all Church of England primary schools have a faith-based selection policy, and the extent to which a potential student's faith background is considered varies from school to school. Some Anglican schools only prefer Christian candidates when they are over-subscribed.

Premier has contacted the Church of England and is waiting for a response.

Listen to Rev Stephen Terry speaking to Premier's Hannah Tooley on the News Hour:

A Monthly Gift Of $11 Makes A World Of Difference

In a world of fake news there’s never been a greater need for quality Christian journalism. Premier’s mission is to provide the Church with the most up to date and relevant news, told from a Christian perspective. But we can’t do it without you.

Unlike many websites we haven't put up a paywall — we want to keep our journalism free at the point of need and as open as we can. Premier’s news output takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. No one in the USA is sharing news like we are across radio, magazines and online so please help us to continue that today.

For a monthly gift of $11 or more we’d also be able to send you a free copy of the brand new Premier Bible, a wonderful Anglicised version of the NLT packed with exclusive bonus content, reading plan and resources to help you get the most out of scripture.

Your monthly support will make a world of difference. Thank you.

Support Us
Continue the conversation on our Facebook page

Related Articles

Sign up to our newsletter to stay informed with news from a Christian perspective.

News by email