Religious Schools: Admission Policies - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:59 pm on 29th April 2019.

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Photo of Lord Lea of Crondall Lord Lea of Crondall Labour 2:59 pm, 29th April 2019

My Lords, my father was the headmaster of a Church of England junior and infant school for some years. There is a danger of a caricature emerging. Over the last two centuries many village schools were, in practice, schools for everybody but they were Church of England maintained schools—I am sure that the right reverend Prelates will know how that works. On the one hand we have to make sure that there is no question of religion being stuffed down people’s throats, which I think is the implication of some of the questions, and, on the other hand, to recognise that we now have a very diverse society and ensure that the Church of England maintained schools, which are subject to local authority criteria, are not out of place in modern society.