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Christian boarding school in row with parents over pride flags

by Premier Journalist

A Christian school in Oxfordshire has become embroiled in a row after displaying rainbow LGBT flags on a lectern. 

Kingham Hill School in Chipping Norton received a complaint from a parent accusing the school of being "embarrassed to be a Christian school." 

A flag was placed on a lectern previously used to share messages from the Bible, The Times reports. 

The incident coincides with Rev Nick Seward's decision to stand down from his position after 14 years at the helm.

Alongside his duties at the school, he's a member of the Christian Coalition for Education and was formally the chaplain at Oxford's Magdalen College School. 

At the time of his appointment in 2008, he said: "School's like Kingham Hill are needed more than ever."

However, a report from the Independent Schools Inspectorate in October 2021 encouraged the school to take further action in order to ensure that their teaching "does not discriminate against pupils." 

They school also did not meet provisions for teaching related to same-sex relationships as part of the curriculum. 

In a letter seen by The Times, the chairman of governors, Rev Robert Marsden told parents that the school was "committed to each and every pupil, whatever their identity, being visible, known and valued."

He suggested students had been made to feel uncomfortable during past sermons. 

According to the school's website, the institution welcomes pupils "from all faith backgrounds and none" but believes their Christian ethos "provides the best possible basis for them to grow as public citizens and in personal character." 

Kingham Hill School told Premier Christian News: "Kingham Hill School remains fully committed to its Christian ethos, and we do not accept that this is in any way undermined by our efforts to ensure we provide a genuinely inclusive, tolerant, friendly and welcoming environment for all of our pupils."

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