Ribble Valley school in discussion to change admission policy to favour church goers

Ribble Valley school to change admission policy to favour church goers

Ribble Valley school to change admission policy to favour church goers

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A RIBBLE Valley primary school is considering changing its admissions policy to favour local churchgoers.

Governors at St Leonard’s CE Primary School in Langho are considering the changes which could come into force in September 2016.

If adopted new policy would favour children who have attended St Leonard’s Church for at least two years above other Christians and families of other or no faith.

The news comes after Whalley CE Primary School’s decision to change its policy was branded as ‘unduly restrictive’ by the local borough councillor and also criticised by parents.

Borough councillor Ged Mirfin, who is a governor at the school, said: “We are protecting children and families who have made a commitment to the church.

“We recognise that we are a community school but, with all the extra housing that could be built in the area, we have to look out for the regular churchgoers.”

If approved by governors, the plan would be sent out for an eight-week public consultation before a final decision is made.

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9:32pm Wed 14 May 14

Excluded again says...

This is the consequence of allowing state schools to be run by religious groups.

Children should be allocated places at state schools on the basis of three things. Firstly, do they already have a brother or sister a the school. Secondly, are there social reasons for them going to that school (maybe it provides specialist support for a disability the child has). And thirdly, how close does the child live to the school.

Which religious building the parents take the kids to on a Sunday should have no more influence on allocating places in state schools than which supermarket the parents go to on a Saturday.
This is the consequence of allowing state schools to be run by religious groups. Children should be allocated places at state schools on the basis of three things. Firstly, do they already have a brother or sister a the school. Secondly, are there social reasons for them going to that school (maybe it provides specialist support for a disability the child has). And thirdly, how close does the child live to the school. Which religious building the parents take the kids to on a Sunday should have no more influence on allocating places in state schools than which supermarket the parents go to on a Saturday. Excluded again
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10:38pm Wed 14 May 14

Sister Wendy says...

It's a church school!
It's a church school! Sister Wendy
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10:57pm Wed 14 May 14

Excluded again says...

Sister Wendy wrote:
It's a church school!
A church school funded by the taxpayer. But if the taxpayer goes to the wrong religious building or no religious building then their kids are excluded from using the service that their taxes have funded.

We would not accept this for any other public service. Imagine if u were told that u could not have an operation at a hospital unless you attended the right church or mosque or temple.
[quote][p][bold]Sister Wendy[/bold] wrote: It's a church school![/p][/quote]A church school funded by the taxpayer. But if the taxpayer goes to the wrong religious building or no religious building then their kids are excluded from using the service that their taxes have funded. We would not accept this for any other public service. Imagine if u were told that u could not have an operation at a hospital unless you attended the right church or mosque or temple. Excluded again
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12:14am Thu 15 May 14

dumdidum says...

What about the people who live in an area with poor schools but are unable to afford to live in an area with a better school? we are one of those families, and have put the effort in, switched to attending regularly the church attached to our desired school and have managed to gain a place for our child. People living locally are quite welcome to attend church and put the effort in for their children, but if they have no faith, is it not hypocritical to want their child to go to a church school? Why should they be given a place just because they can afford to live in the area? About time that parents dedicated to their child's education have some priority too!
What about the people who live in an area with poor schools but are unable to afford to live in an area with a better school? we are one of those families, and have put the effort in, switched to attending regularly the church attached to our desired school and have managed to gain a place for our child. People living locally are quite welcome to attend church and put the effort in for their children, but if they have no faith, is it not hypocritical to want their child to go to a church school? Why should they be given a place just because they can afford to live in the area? About time that parents dedicated to their child's education have some priority too! dumdidum
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1:34pm Mon 19 May 14

The Mouth says...

Sister Wendy wrote:
It's a church school!
It might be a "church school" but it is still a SCHOOL.

Every child has the need for an EDUCATION regardless of their parents faith.

A school is for EDUCATION, and it is an EDUCATION which will get them a job. It is a job that will eventually put a rood over their head.

The choice of school should be down to distance only.
[quote][p][bold]Sister Wendy[/bold] wrote: It's a church school![/p][/quote]It might be a "church school" but it is still a SCHOOL. Every child has the need for an EDUCATION regardless of their parents faith. A school is for EDUCATION, and it is an EDUCATION which will get them a job. It is a job that will eventually put a rood over their head. The choice of school should be down to distance only. The Mouth
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