Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Catholics Plan 20,000 New Places

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Catholics Plan 20,000 New Places

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Between 15,000 and 20,000 new Catholic school places will be created if government plans to lift restrictions on admissions for new faith schools go ahead, the church said this week.

Paul Barber, director of the Catholic Education Service, says that there are plans to open between 30 and 40 new Catholic schools and claims this will benefit society.

"Our schools have always been about social cohesion and social diversity," he said, "precisely because they're successful and very popular with parents."

The new Green Paper proposes removing the requirement that new faith schools must offer half of their places to those of other religions or none. The rule led the Catholic church to choose not to open any new schools, saying that turning away Catholic pupils was against canonical law.

Helen Bates, of the East Anglia diocese - which the church says is likely to open more new schools than any other Catholic diocese - claims removing the requirement will ensure more diversity by allowing enough new capacity in her schools for pupils of all and no faiths.

"As a result of not having enough places, we have lots of schools that are entirely Catholic," she said. …

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