Here’s an amusing introduction to the proposed King’s School 2014 admissions policy. It states:
"This admissions policy reinforces the educational vision upon which King’s Church of England School is being established. The school will be inclusive, will meet the individual needs of all learners and will be based on the principles of the Church of England."
So the school, which has confirmed it will be based in Portslade, will be “inclusive” for those families who live adjacent to the school? Well no actually. There will be four times as many places available to families whose live in and around New Church Road in Hove than to families who live in Portslade.
Why would the school do this? Could it be that they want to ensure more children from the affluent homes in Hove (two and a half miles from the school) get into the school, at the expense of families who live closer to the school in Portslade? It would appear so.
For both those applying under the “faith criterion” and the “non-faith criterion”:
"20% of places will be offered in order of distance from the home address of the applicant to the school, distance being measured in a straight line from the middle of the front door of the student’s accommodation to the centre of the main entrance of the school; priority being given to those who live closest to the school.
80% of places will be offered in order of distance from the home address of the applicant to the mid-point of the junction between New Church Road and Richardson Road; (the grid reference of this point being 527665:104983 ), distance being measured in a straight line from the middle of the front door of the student’s accommodation to the point detailed. Priority will be given to those who live closest to the school."
Quite how a school that will actively discriminate against non-Christians for half of its places and then actively prioritise families from affluent Hove over families on its own doorstep can describe themselves as “inclusive” is beyond us.
What would Jesus say?
That grid reference, by the way, is the site of St Philip’s Church which the Diocese of Chichester proposed closing 10 years ago.
This probably also explains why the school have not renamed themselves King’s School, Portslade – which would be far more accurate than calling themselves King’s School, Hove.
The admissions policy is currently a proposal
so there is the possibility that the proposal could be changed – needless to say that is more likely to happen if you object to this scandalous idea. You can contact the school or send your thoughts to the Council which will pass them on to King’s School. Act fast though consultation must be completed by 1st March 2013 and the Governors must have settled the final version of their admission arrangements by 15 April 2013.