I am a parent of two primary school aged children. I am also an atheist.

Where I live in the UK there are two state schools within walking distance. The nearest one has the best “raw” academic results for the area; the other some of the worst results and is regarded as a “sink” school by many parents. The former is a CofE school which selects on the basis of parents’ faith; the other takes whoever is left. The selection – and self selection by application – of pupils and the good results of the school are obviously not unconnected. (Although this is unlikely to stop the Church using such schools as part of its case for the continuation and expansion of faith-schools.)

As I am powerless to change the system as an individual, and unable to afford the fee paying alternatives, I will put my children’s best interests first. I have started attending church in order to get the all-important Vicar’s signature to ensure I get into the state school of my choice.

This blog details my frustration at having to sit through hours of nonsense in order to get there.

  1. Avinash
    11/02/2013 at 1:19 pm

    What a hypocrite.

    • 04/03/2013 at 2:28 pm

      Maybe. But I have tried to be honest in my reasons for what we have done – and why we have felt forced to act this way. You be the judge.

  2. Sophie Clayton
    23/03/2015 at 4:46 pm

    Hi – I’m working on a television documentary all about school admissions. I would love to talk to you about your experience. Any correspondence would be confidential and just for my own research. My email address is: sophie@geniepictures.co.uk.

    • 12/09/2016 at 12:28 pm

      Sorry, only just seen your message. I haven’t updated my blog for ages.

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