Absurd aim

9th March 2001 at 00:00
Your front-page headline "God help us" says it all: the idea of increasing the number of church schools is absurd.

It may well be that some voluntary-aided schools are good, but I doubt very much that it is because they are church schools. Much more likely is the fact that they attract motivated, middle-class parents.

As a arent, a governor, and an atheist, I object to my taxes being used to fund schools whose ethos statement amounts to little more than the encouragement of religious indoctrination.

What parents want are more good schools, not more church schools.

Peter Harvey

Doles House


Ashbourne, Derbyshire

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar, Buyagift.com, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today