I am a political secularist - I believe the State should adopt a level playing field when it comes to religious belief. Even many religious people now recognise that the State funding of religious schools involves giving special privileges to religious communities that are not afforded to the rest of us. This is unjust, anti-democratic, and should stop.
Stephen Law, Philosopher and author.
As a former headteacher of a Catholic comprehensive school in a deprived area of Liverpool I know how divisive faith schools can be in a local community. It seems to me that our society would be greatly enhanced by the abolition of all faith schools.
In our catchment area, as a person of no faith, our daughters only realistic chance of a place is in a high school that is a failure according to Ofsted. The school is renowned for a fast rotation of staff and head teachers. It’s failing its students and of several excellent high school in the catchment, this is likely to be the only one she will be allocated space. That’s not even considering our preference for her to not attend a faith school. We are in a position where we are forced to try and access a faith school or have her attend a school recorded and renowned to be failing its students. I am currently in the process of generating statistics and facts with regards to local school allocation to generate a complaint with the local council and push it as far as necessary, as I believe the options available to us, in our catchment, breach my daughter’s rights to be given the best opportunities possible.