can someone explain why it is acceptable to create an Islamic Girls High School in Blackburn but not acceptable for a Church of England Academy to make Christianity a priority for its intake?

Most other schools in Blackburn do not favour any religion, and this in itself should cover the authority’s objectives of better integration between cultures.

It seems apparent that while both Westminster and local government seem committed to a policy of multi-culturalism, many parents from both cultures are far from happy about using their children to make this policy work.

Irrespective of the whys and wherefores regarding this matter, surely schools from both cultures should be afforded the right to a level playing field.

John Jeffery, Royshaw Avenue, Blackburn.