Church of England dioceses failing to encourage non-discriminatory school admissions policies

By Jay Harman

The report finds that the Church of England is not encouraging its schools to be as open as it claims

The Church of England and its dioceses are failing to encourage their schools to have inclusive, non-discriminatory admissions policies, despite claims to the contrary, a new report has revealed. Published by the Accord Coalition for Inclusive Education on behalf of the Fair Admissions Campaign (FAC), the report accuses the Church of ‘mis-selling its schools to the public’ and details the findings of a survey of the admissions guidance offered by dioceses to their schools. Humanists UK, a founding member of both Accord and the FAC, has commented that the Church of England must either stop its schools religiously discriminating or else be more honest about the exclusive nature of many of its schools.

Currently, Church of England dioceses are legally responsible for issuing their schools with guidance regarding the use of religious selection in their admissions policies. In recent years the Church has been vocal in claiming that its schools are inclusive rather than discriminatory, stating that its schools are ‘not faith schools for the faithful’, but ‘Church schools for the community’.

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