The growing community of Hampton Water in east Peterborough need a new school. An inclusive new academy has been proposed, but the council are instead considering opening a new Catholic faith school. We're supporting residents to oppose this.
To cut a long story short, since 2016 the government has been looking for ways to allow new faith schools to open which can select up to 100% of their pupils based on religion. They originally planned to allow dozens of new academies and was instead forced to opt for voluntary aided schools. Due to more opposition, out of fourteen proposals the Catholic School on the Hampton Water site is the only one currently moving forward.
This decision is soon to come down to Peterborough City Council. They have two choices:
- Approve the faith school which will be able to select up to 100% of its pupils and teachers based on religion and teach denominational religious education.
- Reject the proposal so alternative proposals for an inclusive new school on the site might move forward.
Who are we?
No More Faith Schools is a national campaign coordinated by the National Secular Society and with supporters from a broad social, political and religious spectrum. We're dedicated to an end to state funded faith schools. We would like all schools to have an inclusive community ethos, free from any religious discrimination, privilege or control.
We help people challenge new faith schools, particularly where they have discriminatory admissions rules and where there are proposals for inclusive alternatives.
When do you get a say?
Between 9 September and 20 October 2019 the Catholic Diocese of East Anglia will be carrying out their own 'consultation'. But this is little more than a publicity exercise to demonstrate support for their application.
On Thursday 21 November 2019 the proposal will be published which will start a four week "representation period" run by the Council where any person can send objections or comments. This is the consultation that matters.
We have a real chance to stop this divisive proposal and end up with an inclusive, non-discriminatory school which serves the whole community. But we need to get ready. Ahead of the consultation we are asking local supporters, parents and residents to sign the petition below and sign up to the mailing list.
If you can provide as much information as possible in the comments section it will help us document local concerns. If you'd prefer, you can send this in an email. We hope to see you at a public meeting on Thursday 28 November at the Friends' Meeting House, details below.
We want an inclusive school for Hampton Water, not a faith school
Calling on Peterborough City Council to reject proposals for an exclusive new Catholic faith school in Hampton Water, and to support established alternative proposals for a new school which serves the whole community.
Posted: Thu, 12 Sep 2019 15:08
The NMFS campaign is resisting plans to open a religiously selective Catholic school in Peterborough in Cambridgeshire.
Posted: Tue, 23 Jul 2019 14:10
Peterborough City Council will open a consultation in November over plans to open a selective state funded Catholic school.
Posted: Fri, 14 Jun 2019 09:56
The government has unveiled plans to fund a new religiously selective faith school in Peterborough, despite opposition.
Posted: Mon, 20 May 2019 11:53
Opening three fully selective Catholic schools would mean three secular schools would not be able to open, the NMFS campaign has found.
Posted: Tue, 26 Mar 2019 16:36
The government has announced details of proposals for 14 new faith schools which could select all their children on the basis of their parents' religion under a new funding scheme.
Posted: Wed, 19 Dec 2018 15:14
The NMFS campaign has said the government "must think again" over the funding of a wave of religiously selective schools after the publication of an official impact assessment.