Grantham Church of England school plans to drop ‘faith’ from its admission policy

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Gonerby Hill Foot Primary School will no longer consider a child’s faith on reviewing their admission application, if a proposal is approved.

Through Lincolnshire County Council, the Church of England school’s governors have requested the ‘faith’ criterion be removed from the schools admission policy for the 2016 intake.

If agreed, the proposal will result in applications being ranked using these oversubscription criteria:

* The child is in the care of the local authority or had previously been in care.

* There is a brother or sister on roll at the school at the time of application, or if applying for an infant school there is a brother or sister on roll at the associated junior school at the time of application.

* The school is the nearest one to the home address.

* The distance from the home to the school, priority will be given to the child living closest to the school.

The fifth criteria, ‘the child meets the religious criteria published by an individual Church of England or joint Church of England and Methodist school, which has chosen to give priority on religious grounds’, would be removed.

The proposal, supported by the Lincoln Diocesan Board of Education, is currently being consulted upon. Comments can be made until February 28, after which a decision will be made.

For more information, or to make a comment, go to www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/admissionsconsultation

Final policies for the 2016 intake will be available both on the consultation website and admission authority websites from May 1.