Amen to church school entry rules

4th December 2009 at 00:00

I am disappointed in the editorial "Let the Godless in or forgo the bliss of funding" (November 20). It argued that church schools should abolish entry criteria and allow anyone who wanted to send their children to them to be able to do so.

There is nothing elitist or unfair about requiring prospective parents to attend a church regularly as a sign of the seriousness of their intention. I would argue that church attendance is a much fairer criterion for allocating places than who can buy their way into an expensive catchment area.

Why not admit that church schools are, on the whole, much better than anything the state has to offer? Perhaps also, they are the last opportunity for aspirational parents on the estates.

Jeremy Ganga, Parent, Romford, Essex.

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