Faith schools contribute millions of pounds less towards own costs, figures suggest

The funding that faith schools contribute towards opening and maintaining their own buildings has fallen sharply over the past decade, The Independent can reveal. 

Voluntary aided (VA) faith schools, which can admit all their pupils on religious grounds, now provide millions of pounds less to their own capital costs, figures obtained via a freedom of information (FoI) request suggest. 

Campaign group the Accord Coalition, who shared the figures with The Independent, say the smaller contribution from the faith school sector removes the justification for them being able to select all pupils by religion. 

Ruth Wareham, education campaigns manager at Humanists UK, said: “The fact that religious schools using discriminatory faith-based admissions policies receive any funds from the public purse is deeply unsatisfactory, but the fact that many such schools are now almost entirely state subsidised is outrageous.”

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