Another informative press release from the British Humanist Association, listing the new faith based schools.
"33 new ‘faith’ schools and one new pseudoscientific school have been 'pre-approved' by the Department for Education (DfE) to open from 2013. These schools form part of the 102 schools approved in the so-called ‘third wave’ of Free School proposals. The British Humanist Association (BHA) has expressed regret at the approvals, which include the first ever state-funded special needs and alternative provision ‘faith’ schools.
102 new Free Schools have been approved by the DfE in total. Of the 33 ‘faith’ schools, 20 are formally designated as such, whereas 13 have a ‘faith ethos’. The group also includes the first ever multi-faith/spiritual school, and a school proposed by a creationist group.
The BHA believes the 33 ‘faith’ schools are:
Church of England (8):
Greek Orthodox (1):
- Bradford Girls' Grammar School – previously a private school
- Cathedral Primary School , Bristol
- Fulham Boys School
- Sparkwell All Saints Primary School, Devon
- St Mary’s CE Primary School, Herefordshire
- St Mary’s Hampton Church of England Primary School
- St Mary Magdalene Academy Courtyard, Islington – Anglican ethos special school
- The St Marylebone Bridge School, Westminster – Anglican ethos special school
- St Andrew the Apostle Greek Orthodox School
- Durham Free School
- Exemplar – Newark Business Academy – Christian ethos/creationist
- Hope Community School, Bexley
- King's School, Hove
- Oasis Community School Waterloo – Christian ethos
- Sevenoaks Christian School
- St Anthony's School, Gloucestershire – previously a private school and with ‘strong links with the Catholic Church’
- The London Riverside School, Barking and Dagenham – Christian ethos
- Tyndale Community School, Oxfordshire
- University Cathedral Free School, Cheshire West and Chester – Christian ethos
- Wye Free School, Kent – Christian ethos
- Southend YMCA Community School – Christian ethos alternative provision school
- Khalsa Science Academy, Leeds
- Khalsa Secondary School, Slough
- Nanaksar Primary School, Hillingdon
- Nishkam School West London, Hounslow
- Leeds Jewish Free School
- South London Jewish Primary School, Wandsworth
- The New Jewish Primary School, Barnet
- Rainbow Schools, Nottingham – Muslim ethos
- The Northern Lights Primary School, Calderdale
- The Olive School, Blackburn
- Anand Primary School, Wolverhampton
In addition, the pseudoscientific Steiner Academy Exeter has been approved to open.
BHA Faith Schools Campaigner Richy Thompson commented, ‘It is disappointing to see a further diversification of the “faith” schools sector: with not only more evangelical schools and more pseudoscientific schools, but also the first special needs and alternative provision schools.
‘“Faith” schools are discriminatory and divisive, selecting pupils and staff based on religious beliefs and teaching skewed curricula. The BHA believes all schools should be inclusive to everyone, regardless of religion or non-religious beliefs.’"
- Collective Spirit, Oldham – faith ethos