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Faith schools form an important part of our diverse education system and provide places for the children of parents who wish their children to be educated within a religious context.
Local authorities (LAs) are responsible for providing sufficient school places, as set out under section 14(1) of the 1996 Education Act. LAs organise their place planning on the basis of circumstances specific to their authority. LAs that have faith schools are expected to take into account any impact on local place planning as part of their strategy to provide sufficient school places.