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A C of E school has been told to drop the word "saint" from its name in case it offends other religious groups.
The practice of calling schools after saints or bishops alienates people from other faiths and non-believers, say officials and councillors in Islington, north London.
The row is over the name of the first Church of England secondary school to be built in the borough, which lost control of education five years ago after Ofsted found it was running some of the worst schools in the country.
Islington council plans to incorporate the existing St Mary Magdalene Church of England Primary School into a new City Academy for five- to 18-year-olds.
The church, which is giving £2 million towards building costs, has been told by the local authority - a partner in the scheme - that the name of the new school cannot be religious.
James Kempton, children and young people spokesman for the council's ruling Liberal Democrat party, said a consultation had been launched because of concerns over the use of the word "saint".
Originally posted by Tripnastic
I'm a bit confused, In the US Catholic schools always carry a religous based name, but they are private. Is this a private catholic school, or a public school with catholic funding?
Originally posted by Slayer
Some people need to lighten up, take their political correctness and shove it, and just stop causing problems that wastes everyones time and energy.
Originally posted by Kakugo
If everybody reasons this way, we should change a lot of landmarks (St John's, Canada, St Mawgan, Cornwall, etc). Moreover, I don't think a Muslim or Catholic would send his/her sons to a Church of England-run school.