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Schools Based on a Religious Foundation

In many areas the schools based upon a religious foundation are usually of a high educational standard and tend to be found at the top of the League Tables. This is not always the case and some can be of an unsatisfactory quality. In the case of the achieving schools, inevitably, parents want to try and obtain places in these successful establishments for their children. Wanting the best for their children, naturally means that some may even attempt a dramatic change in their cultural and spiritual lifestyle.

School Head Teachers and Governing Bodies are not naive and will not be coerced into offering places on a false premise. Some schools, welcome the diversity of an inter-denominational mix of pupils and will be happy to accept those from other faiths. A large number of these schools are, however, strictly true to their foundation. Some Roman Catholic Schools will not only wish to have baptismal certificates, but letters from the family's present parish-priest and even possibly from the priest in the parish into which they are moving; it is also more than likely that this priest is a member of the school's Governing Body.

Many Church of England Schools operate a similar entrance procedure. Schools of the Jewish Faith, which, like their Christian counterparts, are of a high standard, heavily oversubscribed and may even demand in the case of Orthodox Schools, proof that the mother and father have been married in an Orthodox Service.

Schools of this type are inevitably referred to as Voluntary Aided or Voluntary Controlled. The associated church therefore will appoint either part or all of the Governing Body; this in turn means that control of admissions is in their hands and any appeal is made to the school's Governing Body and not the Local Authority. It is highly unlikely that having been refused entry to one of these establishments an appeal to the Governing Body would be successful, although to say this never happens would be wrong.