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A young girl in Wrexham has been turned down for a place in a “faith school” because she is the wrong kind of Christian.
The parents of 11-year old Aston Padley — who are fervent evangelical Christians — tried to get their daughter into St Joseph’s Catholic and Anglican School but were turned away because they are neither Catholics nor Anglicans.
The family recently lost an appeal against the rejection decision before an independent panel and believe they may have no alternative but to send Aston to another secondary school in September.
Aston’s mother, Amanda Padley told the local newspaper, the Evening Leader: "My husband and I have both been Christians for some time and, along with Aston, regularly attend the Kings Christian Centre in Mold.
Although he has not been ordained, my husband has been a lay preacher for a number of years and has preached at a number of churches in the area. Given this, we find it bizarre that we cannot get our daughter in St Joseph's.” Mrs Padley continued: “The situation seems so unfair when I have heard it said that some other parents get places at faith schools by simply having their child baptised and then taking them along to church a couple of times.
Aston is a very bright child and has had a glowing report from her headteacher and we wanted to get her into St Joseph’s for its Christian ethos. I know we are not the only parents in this position and it seems like discrimination against other Christian faiths." Mr Padley said: "During the appeal the headteacher of St Joseph’s defined a Catholic child as a baptised child. But, in my view, baptism might mean a great deal or it might mean nothing to some people.
Our foremost reason for applying for St Joseph’s was because of its Christian ethos rather than its academic record. I want to see the admission policy to faith schools changed locally and nationally. I also want to see Christian credentials checked after a child has been admitted to a school.”
Originally posted by moocowman
Our foremost reason for applying for St Joseph’s was because of its Christian ethos rather than its academic record.
Originally posted by yeahright
Private school? Shouldn't they have the right to set the admission standards? If the school is supposed to be for Catholics and Anglicans, and the family is neither, I have no problem with the school denying admission. Providing they don't get any government funds, which I'm assuming they don't.
Maybe it's just me, but I wouldn't want to send my children to a school where they weren't wanted. The "Christian credentials" comment is coming from the family, no? Seems like they're the ones with all the issues.
So there's no school available to you, public or private, that doesn't have a religious based curriculum?
Dear Head Teacher As the parent of NAME OF CHILD, I am writing formally to give notice that I am requesting his/her being withdrawn from RE lessons and acts of Collective Worship at your school with immediate effect, in accordance with Section 71 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998. You are doubtless aware that the right to withdraw children from RE lessons and religious worship in schools is unconditional and can even be exercised in schools that are religious in nature. I am confident that I can count on you to take all necessary action to ensure that this formal request is complied with, but emphasize that I wish my child to continue to attend assembly except for the Collective Worship element. I am sure I can count on you to ensure that this request will not result in NAME OF CHILD being treated by staff in any disadvantageous way. I mention this only because is not unknown for such requests to result in children being excluded from the whole of assembly or, when withdrawn from RE, to be allocated some menial task. Clearly, such victimization would be completely unacceptable. I would however be grateful were the school to make arrangements for alternative lessons to be given to my child during RE lessons and, if length warrants it, during acts of Collective Worship. If alternative lessons are not provided, I ask that my child be given the opportunity for private study As you know, there is no requirement for any explanation of this decision. It is final and I am not prepared to enter into any further negotiations on the matter, save, if necessary, over the practical details of implementation. If you wish to raise any questions of this nature, I would prefer them to be made in writing. Yours faithfully
Really, if you believe in Jesus, you're Christian. Close enough, IMO.