Comments: CofE school admissions: a policy change?

I'm all for the opening up of state-funded schools to ALL pupils. However, it would appear that both Jewish and Muslim religious Leaders are not quite so open as the Anglican Bishop of Oxford.

I certainly would not like the children of a practising Anglican family turned away from an Anglican Church school as a direct result of Dr. Pritchard's new openness to all comers, though. The question is: what sort of limit, if any, should be imposed on any quota system?

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Saturday, 23 April 2011 at 1:03am BST

Either the schools exist to propagate the faith or they do not - if that is not their primary purpose then they serve no useful purpose in the Church's mission and indeed only distract the Church and therefore should not exist at all, IMHO.
This is a road that once entered has only one logical conclusion - perhaps it is the correct way to go but it is an irreversible choice.......

Posted by ettu at Sunday, 24 April 2011 at 12:32pm BST

Here's a comment on his personal experience as a non-Christian parent, by a journalist

Posted by Simon Sarmiento at Monday, 25 April 2011 at 7:41am BST

And another good comment on this matter, from Bishop Alan Wilson

Posted by Simon Sarmiento at Monday, 25 April 2011 at 4:45pm BST

Ripon & Leeds Education Director comments

Posted by Simon Sarmiento at Wednesday, 27 April 2011 at 9:49am BST

As someone has already mentioned, I believe, on this site; a previous Archbishop of Canterbury once offered the opinion that The Church is perhaps the only institution that does not exist for its own sake, but rather for the sake of the world. What would that say to us about the need to open up the use of Church Schools to outsiders?

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Sunday, 8 May 2011 at 12:17pm BST
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