Posted: Fri, 14 Feb 2020
After he was refused permission for a judicial review against Vale of Glamorgan Council, James Brunt says its decision to expand a faith school was based on dubious methodology and defied reasonable logic.
Late last month, with the National Secular Society's support, I attempted to challenge a decision to expand a Church in Wales primary school in the Vale of Glamorgan.
The expansion of St David's School in Colwinston will see Vale of Glamorgan Council and the Welsh government give buildings and land worth £4.2m to the Church in Wales for free. Meanwhile public money will fund the opening of more places in a voluntary aided faith school, where religious education is virtually entirely Christian and where Christianity is used as a basis for school life, which it permeates entirely.
I would have absolutely no objection to my children being taught from the national curriculum, but these church curricula are neither plural nor objective, nor do they foster critical thinking or acceptance, despite platitudes to the contrary...