Do you support Catholic schools and the right of Catholics to send their children to them?
Then we need you to make your voice heard.
The Government is making a critical decision on whether to overturn the admissions cap which prevents Catholic schools from allowing all Catholic pupils to attend. They have acknowledged that this policy discriminates against Catholics and promised to abandon it; now we need you to tell them not to u-turn on their promise to Catholics.
Please visit http://catholicnews.org.uk/
or search for ‘Catholic Education’ in your search engine to write to the Government and urge them to drop their policy which bans new Catholic schools.
Rt Rev John Wilson
Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster
You might have heard about the appeal from the Catholic Bishops about the 50% cap on admissions to new catholic schools.
At the moment new schools may only admit 50% from a specific religion, this means that were the church to open a new school it would have to turn away eligible catholic children, which is against Canon Law. Hence currently no new catholic schools can be opened. In their 2017 manifesto the Conservative Party said that they would remove this restriction, however it looks as if they are not going to do so. When challenged by the Catholic Union and the bishops’ representative, Justine Greening, the Education Secretary, said that there did not seem to be much interest in the topic. You are therefore encouraged to log in to the Catholic Education Services website
and sign the petition to show her that there is a lot of interest in the policy. Your signature will also be forwarded to your MP, our 3 MPs are all Labour but it is still important for them to know the level of our concern.
If you voted Conservative in the recent election you might consider writing directly to Justine Greening saying that you voted for the Conservative Party but if they renege on this manifesto proposal then you will think twice about doing so next time.
Councillor Ian Potts