Comments: Welby and church school admissions policies

Three cheers for Church schools - simply the best!

Posted by Father David at Thursday, 14 November 2013 at 4:06pm GMT

I chair the Governors of an Academy which took over from a failing school. It is sponsored jointly by the Diocese and the local University. We have raised standards and have developed remarkable ethos in quite a deprived area. We do not have, nor want, a faith based admission policy. We are proud to say that we are a faith - based school but not a faith school - and we have our own ordained full-time Anglican chaplain who holds the position of Assistant Vice-principal. The christian ethos and values run right through all that we do.

Posted by John Wallace at Thursday, 14 November 2013 at 11:26pm GMT

"The christian ethos and values run right through all that we do." John Wallace

And what provision is there in the area for parents who do not want their children to have an education where a Christian ethos and values run right through everything?

Posted by Laurence Cunnington at Friday, 15 November 2013 at 9:28am GMT

On the face of it, and not for the first time - correct me if I'm wrong - our new Archbishop of Canterbury has integrity problems. A good thing in a way, because it's sometimes important to test models to destruction and the inability of Alpha and its adherents to arrest the decline of the Church of England is worth demonstrating.

Posted by John at Friday, 15 November 2013 at 10:10am GMT

The parent church of alpha has planted 22 churches in London, which in turn is the only Diocese in the CofE not in long term decline. That sounds like a model well worth testing.

Posted by david keen at Saturday, 16 November 2013 at 7:05pm GMT

Isn't it time we dropped the 'religious' entry criteria to schools? After all in most places where there is a CofE schools it's not as if there is a choice. Plus it so often puts clergy in a difficult position..... Did any one see Rev series 1 episode 1?

Posted by Fr Paul at Saturday, 16 November 2013 at 7:11pm GMT

'Tis true, david keen. But as a certain sort of 'liberal', I just don't think Alpha and similar have the intellectual resources to deal with the very radical challenges Christianity faces in the West. It's a question of the smaller picture and the bigger picture. I also think this lack of 'resource' is already apparent in the performance of the new Archbishop of Canterbury. Time will tell. This model will be tested. And it will fail.

Posted by John at Monday, 18 November 2013 at 8:39pm GMT
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