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09/04/2013 at 11:58
In your area do kids have to be christened to get into C of E schools? Chatting with some friends this morning and there seems to be a lot of differences between schools, even in the same area. A friend said her neighbour forgot to tick the c of E box on the form for school and her child was rejected, despite a sibling already being there.
I knew some catholic schools were very strict but most of the primaries around here are C of E so i didn't think it was as much as an issue. I'm not sure though now, also schools in some areas of our town are very very hotly sort after and places are a nightmare so perhaps they have to use all the criteria they can. We are moving in next couple of months to a village outside town with an outstanding primary and P will go there. It's C of E but i was christened catholic, not sure on their current policy!
The jury is still out on if we'll christen P, i want to but H isn't so sure. He thinks it's hypocritical as we didn't get married in church. If schools are affected then i'm sure he'll come round to my way of thinking, rightly or wrongly as a reason to do it! I should add it's not my reason for wanting to christen her.
Just wondered what the norm was and if it varies a lot? Would you christen your child if it had a significant impact on school choice?
09/04/2013 at 12:01
I don't know of any CofE schools but there are a lot of Catholic schools in my area and they need to be baptised/christened whatever you call it.
I'd do it if other schools in the area weren't any good and the only decent ones were religious schools. I was baptised, went to Catholic primary and secondary but choose not to go to church now. Doesn't really have any baring on my life as it is.
09/04/2013 at 13:29
I think you'd need to check with the school as each one will be different. My boys went to a c of e school before the were christened and now Lucy is at a catholic school and she's c of e.
now I'm not sure and I may be wrong but I thought if there were school spaces they can't refuse regardless of religion, however if spaces are limited then will go to those of the religion iykwim ,also taking into consideration location etc.
09/04/2013 at 13:41
That's right MrsC so you tend to find people christen their children and attend church so they are higher up the list.
09/04/2013 at 14:00
AR - I have a feeling that you live in Kent. Kent has a schools admissions website which lists the criteria for all the schools in the county. C oF E schools and Catholic schools can apply their own criteria. However, this is normally distance first for C of E schools as - certainly in the part of Kent I live in - most of the schools are C of E. Where there is a lot of demand for places then other criteria come into play. However, for our two nearest C of E schools it is not whether the child has been baptised but whether the parents either attend regularly and/or are members on the church roll.
I think the tick box has been removed from the Kent admissions forms now because it was a bit pointless. If you live in an area where all the schools are C of E it doesn't make a difference and you didn't have to demonstrate any kind of commitment on the basis of that tick box.
The Kent admissions guide lists for schools with high demand how many children they accepted and what criteria they were accepted on. In most cases, distance is the main criteria for most children.
Having said that, I know in the year we applied, at least 3 families who didn't get any of their choices of places and were offered schools which were further away. Which is why the whole process causes such anxiety.
09/04/2013 at 17:42
Thanks ladies. Interesting area.
Cedar i do live in kent but i'm moving into sussex, so under a different council. I will definitely look up their policy. I'm hoping, like most places, it comes down to distance as we are about 500m from the school with only a handful of houses between us and them.
09/04/2013 at 20:14
Here you have to be baptised to get in to the catholic school, it's over subscribed and Catholics get priority. H's nephew goes to a C of E school, but was not christened. It's his nearest school.
09/04/2013 at 20:54
Our closest faith schools - both Catholic and C of E are over subscribed. This means they don't end up taking children from other faiths or nt baptised.
10/04/2013 at 06:57
The CofE in our town didn't have it as a requirement but the Catholic school did (and you had to be a regular at church).
10/04/2013 at 19:09
In my area those who are baptised/christened are given priority over those who are not for c of e and catholic schools.. I know in my daughters year there were some places left and so non Catholics were allowed in, however most years tend to be over subscribed. L goes to a catholic school and we did apply for the c of e school too and we were supposed to complete a supplementary form which asked for the vicar to sign it, so basically confirming l was christened and attending church.
If I was in your position I would christen your lo. My friend is Catholics and not practising but she christend her son c of e to get into a very good school
Most of the people I know who christened their children c of e have not set foot in a church since, it does give the children a choice when they are older To accept their faith
10/04/2013 at 20:28
No I wouldn't, but it isn't an issue here as the schools are either non-denominational or catholic - and we are not catholic.
10/04/2013 at 20:54
We applied to the nearest school to our house. It was a Cof E school, we went to the Church, S is Christened, we got a reference off our vicar (required by the school). S didn't get in - the Policy was siblings first then distance. There were 19 siblings the year S was going to school! So, my point is, check the school policy, I have never heard of children having to be chrstened to get into Cof E schools
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