Catholic School for Non Catholic Child

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  1. Dan Baker

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    Just wondered if any forum members have their children in a Catholic school despite not being Catholic themselves? If so how have you found it?

    Thanks
     
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    Having worked in a Catholic school, I wouldn't send my child to a Catholic school unless it was literally the only choice.
     
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    Thanks could you please elaborate, is it literally the significant focus on religion or anything else more sinister afoot?
     
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    If you're Catholic or strongly religious yourself, I'm sure you won't have any issue with it.

    But the whole ethos of the school is going to be morally twisted towards Catholicism, obviously. So discriminatory hiring practices for staff, restricted sex and relationship education, restricted science education, limited non-Catholic religious education. A disproportionate amount of time spent studying Catholicism at the expense of other subjects.
     
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    Rubbish rustybin.

    I went to a Catholic school. We did the same subjects as other non Catholic schools and Catholic schools normally do better too.
     
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    I'm sure you know best then. I was stating fact. I'd be absolutely amazed if a Catholic school was following the same religious education program as a non-Catholic school. In fact I'd go as far as to say there won't be a Catholic school in the country that does this.

    This is an interesting read.

    The government says faith schools are the most desirable in the country. But the evidence shows otherwise
     
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    Rusty of course the Religion classes will be focused on Catholicism. I was pointing out the science point you made more. That's completely untrue.
     
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    It might not have been true for your specific setting, but I know for a fact it's true of a large number of faith based settings that I've personally worked with. Catholic, Islamic and Jewish.

    There is a huge issue around certain groups not teaching about homosexuality, same sex marriage etc. Things that are protected under UK law, but not statuary in all UK schools, which is insane. They also don't have to (and so don't) teach many of the sexual aspects of the year 5 and year 6 science and PSHE curriculum.

    It's one of the reasons the Government is changing the law with regards Relationship and Sex education from September 2020. Although imo, these new rules don't go anywhere near far enough.
     
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    My daughter is at a catholic school, her mum is catholic, i'm not the slightest bit religious!

    I had no issue with her going to a catholic school and so far I have been impressed, the general level of learning seems to be good and she's developing very well. Of course there is a focus on catholicism but they learn about other religions too and acceptance of them.

    My late father in law was governor of the local catholic secondary school and it had and still does have an excellent reputation amongst the schools in general in the area
     
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    Depends on the school and the strength of their Catholicism - some you you would struggle to realise that they are Catholic other than the name.

    My wife did a teacher training placement at a Catholic school. It had one of the better ratings for the area so had parents from all walks of life trying to get their children accepted. As a result the school was full of Catholics, CoE, Muslims, Hindus, aethists, you name it.

    I think you would need to visit the school and see for yourself to answer your question.

    Cheers,

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    We sent our lad to a catholic school and we are non catholic... our local vicar called me agnostic, we had to go to church for a couple of years to show willing. Reason for sending him was we liked the ethos of the school and they were very well regarded in the area. He did well with his education so no real grumbles.
     
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    A voluntary aided faith school can set its own admission criteria. Normally cared for children are top of the list. Then followed by a long list of variations of practising catholic’s like the sibling rules, within the parish etc. And then finally those of non faith will be considered.

    But it is about the child not the parent.

    I’m not religious. But my wife is. And we managed to get into a school that is even outside our county due to those rules.

    So if you are in a busy area, and your child is not baptised or if it is younger not from practising parent you have a very slim chance. But ultimately you need to read the admission criteria of the school you are interested in.

    Qualifications: my wife been a governor at three schools, was dealing with admissions for one, and both our children went out of county to a catholic school.

    Rusty undoubtedly has shared his personal experience based on his personal views. Luckily he is also making a huge generalisation which is just nonsense in the grand scheme of things. Interfaitnrepations of all kinds are very important. Evolution theory is being covered. As is homosexuality, gender fluidity etc.
     
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    It's not a generalisation at all.

    Qualifications: Actual qualifications.

    I send my son to a CofE school despite not being religious as it's one of the best schools in the country, so I'd suggest parents do what's best for their children first and foremost.

    I'd draw the line at a Catholic school.
     
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    Lol generalisation and prejudice then. This is getting better and better.
     
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    If you think it's okay for state funded faith schools to actively discriminate in their recruitment and admission practices... Well done you.
     
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    Voluntary Aided schools don’t discriminate, they play it by the rules which are the same for all of them.
     
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    You're wrong. This is what I do for a living. No offence intended.

    FYI
    Specific exemptions from Section 85 of the Equality Act 2010 enables VA faith schools to use faith criteria in prioritising pupils for admission to the schools.

    VA faith schools, like all faith schools, may teach religious education according to their own faith.

    They are specifically allowed to discriminate by faith in the recruitment of teachers / leaders.
     
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    So you arguing semantics then. The school play it by the rules and don’t discriminate.
     
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    Brilliant
     
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    Why are schools (Government giving out relationship advice anyway).
    Now the kids just swipe right or left for the mingers.
     
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    My non catholic daughter goes to a catholic kinderarden and it's absolutely great, no shady things or religion there, on the contrary, I came to learn that they respect everybody equally and on the plus side the catholic nuns there only teach peace and calm behaviour. So unless you know anything wrong there, you should go for it.
     
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    "I'd draw the line at a Catholic school." .. brilliant ! ,it sits up there with " I am not prejudiced or racist but I draw the line with Blacks, / Jews/ Hindus, /WOGs/ etc. (Delete as appropriate).
    In a later posting you make reference to "making your living" in some form of anti discrimination role... You must be very poor at it!.
     
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