St Bede's Inter-Church School, a 750 pupil joint CofE/Catholic faith school in Cambridge, has proposed opening a new secondary school in the Cambridgeshire town of Soham. However, the county council do not believe it is necessary and fear it could be a "detriment" to existing schools.
"The council's clear preference is to continue to work in partnership with our existing schools and academy trusts on small scale expansions when and where the pupil population justifies it." – Report to the children and young people committee, March 2019
The council are supporting the leaders of local schools opposed to the proposals to "work with their respective MPs".
The school is proposed to have a mix of 50% religiously selective/discriminatory and 50% open admissions.
The No More Faith Schools campaign opposes this unnecessary and divisive proposal, it would be far better to meet any small increase in school need by expanding places at existing community ethos schools in the area.
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 Monday 30 September and Friday 22 November 2019, the schools proposers will be running a feasibility survey looking at demand "demand for school places based on faith preference". If you live locally, you may wish to consider responding to say why a faith school would not be suitable.
If the proposals move forward, this page will be updated with information on the formal consultation process. In the meantime, you may wish to write to your MP or local councillor to let them know your views.
If you can sign the petition with a comment, it really helps us demonstrate local support and prepare for any consultation response.
Soham doesn't need a faith school
Proposals for a new CofE/Catholic faith school able to select half its pupils based on faith are unnecessary and risk undermining local schools.
Posted: Wed, 18 Mar 2020 17:07
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Posted: Fri, 06 Mar 2020 09:45
Surrey County Council has been encouraged to press ahead with a plan to replace a community school with a faith school.
Posted: Tue, 03 Mar 2020 14:22
Northern Ireland's Education Authority won't support plans to make two schools run by an evangelical church schools network state funded.
Posted: Wed, 26 Feb 2020 15:25
The National Secular Society has warned Surrey County Council that its plan to turn a community school into a faith school would disadvantage non-Anglican families.
Posted: Fri, 14 Feb 2020 16:15
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.