Challenge to more church schools over selection

Two more top church schools will be challenged over their selection procedures after a complaint against the London Oratory’s “unfair” policy. This is from the Times

Sacred Heart High School, a Roman Catholic girls’ state secondary in Hammersmith whose former pupils include Tony Blair’s daughter Kathryn, selects on the basis of banding, choosing pupils from different ability ranges and then religious commitment.

Burlington Danes, a Church of England state school in nearby White City, selects a quarter of its pupils on ground of religion. Both schools are being challenged on the ground that they give preference to children who attend religious primaries but fail to designate which schools these are.

…The complaint against the London Oratory was brought by the British Humanist Association, which has formed the Fair Admissions Campaign with the Centre for Studies on Inclusive Education. It intends to examine the record of all religious schools.

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