What's happening?

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.

Soham doesn't need a faith school

Related news

Campaigners sign major letter against fully selective faith schools

Posted: Mon, 15 Apr 2019 15:10

Campaigners have urged the government not to fund new faith schools which can choose all their children on a religious basis.

Inclusive education placards

New voluntary aided faith schools: what happens next?

Posted: Wed, 27 Mar 2019 13:02

The government has outlined plans for 14 new fully selective faith schools in England. Alastair Lichten explains what is likely to happen next.

New voluntary aided faith schools: what happens next?

DfE announces applications for new fully selective faith schools

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.

DfE announces applications for new fully selective faith schools

Education secretary to faith school critics: “This is a Christian country”

Posted: Thu, 14 Feb 2019 13:12

The education secretary has defended his commitment to providing new faith schools which can discriminate on religious grounds in all their admissions.

Education secretary to faith school critics: “This is a Christian country”

Fully discriminatory Catholic schools proposed in Cambridgeshire

Posted: Mon, 14 Jan 2019 15:46

Three new Catholic schools are among the first to be proposed amid a new round of government funding for voluntary aided faith schools in England.

Fully discriminatory Catholic schools proposed in Cambridgeshire

DfE assessment: new selective faith schools will disadvantage families

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.

DfE assessment: new selective faith schools will disadvantage families

Share this campaign