Below are a selection of parents' perspectives on our 2018 report: The choice delusion: how faith schools restrict primary school choice in England. The groundbreaking report estimates that almost three in ten families across England live in areas where most or all of the closest primary schools are faith schools and thousands are being assigned faith schools against their wishes. For more information and to add your perspective, please click here.

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I actually find it hard to believe that in this day and age discrimination on any means is allowed. In Liverpool, my 4 year old starts school next week and his options were drastically reduced because we refused to get him 'fake' christened, why should I pretend his is being raised in a faith just to get him a good education, education and religion have no place together. Our schools need to arrive in the current era of equal rights. It's actually quite shocking that my son will not be considered for a school because of a prejudice.

I actually find it hard to believe that in this day and age discrimination on any means is allowed. In Liverpool, my 4 year old starts school next week and his options were drastically reduced because we refused to get him 'fake' christened, why should I pretend his is being raised in a faith just to get him a good education, education and religion have no place together. Our schools need to arrive in the current era of equal rights. It's actually quite shocking that my son will not be considered for a school because of a prejudice.

Carrie, from LIVERPOOL

"In my area I have a choice of one primary school for my son if he wants a non-religious education. It's upsetting and discriminatory that the vast majority of non-religious people, and religious people who don't believe that belief is a public matter, in this country aren't catered for."

"In my area I have a choice of one primary school for my son if he wants a non-religious education. It's upsetting and discriminatory that the vast majority of non-religious people, and religious people who don't believe that belief is a public matter, in this country aren't catered for."

Martin, from BRIGHTON

"Parents are forced to send children to faith schools as there is effectively no choice due to lack of school places and/or the need to move to a new house and area to avoid them. A faith school should not be forced up on us."

"Parents are forced to send children to faith schools as there is effectively no choice due to lack of school places and/or the need to move to a new house and area to avoid them. A faith school should not be forced up on us."

Tom, from CAMBRIDGE

My daughter cannot attend her nearest state funded school as she does not follow that religion. Even if she were to be given a place, she would feel excluded. Please make all state funded schools secular.

My daughter cannot attend her nearest state funded school as she does not follow that religion. Even if she were to be given a place, she would feel excluded. Please make all state funded schools secular.

Robert, from SUTTON

"Having a daughter due to start school next year, there are few options other than faith schools locally."

"Having a daughter due to start school next year, there are few options other than faith schools locally."

David, from KINGSTON UPON THAMES

"Both our children have had to go to faith schools because they were the only local schools available. We are an atheist family, and this was not at all what we would have chosen. In country areas the local faith school is effectively compulsory. Politicians bend over backwards not to offend faith groups, but by far the largest 'faith' group, atheists, are ignored."

"Both our children have had to go to faith schools because they were the only local schools available. We are an atheist family, and this was not at all what we would have chosen. In country areas the local faith school is effectively compulsory. Politicians bend over backwards not to offend faith groups, but by far the largest 'faith' group, atheists, are ignored."

John, from PLYMOUTH

My daughter will start secondary school in 5 years. The school most of her friends will go to insist on going to church (and getting a stamp) every week for 2 years if you have a chance of getting in. I refuse to play this game and I strongly disagree that schools should be able to discriminate against non-religious people in this way. I'm going to try and use the next 5 years to do as much as I can to change this outdated practice.

My daughter will start secondary school in 5 years. The school most of her friends will go to insist on going to church (and getting a stamp) every week for 2 years if you have a chance of getting in. I refuse to play this game and I strongly disagree that schools should be able to discriminate against non-religious people in this way. I'm going to try and use the next 5 years to do as much as I can to change this outdated practice.

Lyndsey, from WIGAN

"My village school is C of E - most who attend do so because it is the village school, not because of its religious affiliation. My children attended for this reason but have been shown pictures of God's garden presented as fact, been given alcoholic wine without my consent and it has been a challenge to keep their minds open and objective about religion. I've now removed my children from the school."

"My village school is C of E - most who attend do so because it is the village school, not because of its religious affiliation. My children attended for this reason but have been shown pictures of God's garden presented as fact, been given alcoholic wine without my consent and it has been a challenge to keep their minds open and objective about religion. I've now removed my children from the school."

Helen, from YORK

My son will enter reception next year. We are an atheist family and he's already being discriminated against by local faith schools, he's not even four! How can the UK let this happen?

My son will enter reception next year. We are an atheist family and he's already being discriminated against by local faith schools, he's not even four! How can the UK let this happen?

Myriam, from SOUTH LONDON

I am currently in the process of researching primary schools for my daughter. We are an atheist household, though my daughter will be free to follow any religious she choses, or none, when she is old enough to make such a choice. As such, I would prefer for her to attend a secular primary. Additionally, I do not want to give her the message that access to education for any child should be affected by religious beliefs.

However, I find myself in the catchment of a catholic school and a CoE school in my London borough. In order to find a non religious school I am having to apply to schools in a different borough, which we are less likely to get into. Despite living in a place with plenty of local state funded schools, I find myself in the position of looking to move house, at great expense and emotional upheaval, in order to secure for my daughter a secular education, despite living in a largely secular community in all other respects. In no other area of life do my religious beliefs limit my daughters options.

I am currently in the process of researching primary schools for my daughter. We are an atheist household, though my daughter will be free to follow any religious she choses, or none, when she is old enough to make such a choice. As such, I would prefer for her to attend a secular primary. Additionally, I do not want to give her the message that access to education for any child should be affected by religious beliefs.

However, I find myself in the catchment of a catholic school and a CoE school in my London borough. In order to find a non religious school I am having to apply to schools in a different borough, which we are less likely to get into. Despite living in a place with plenty of local state funded schools, I find myself in the position of looking to move house, at great expense and emotional upheaval, in order to secure for my daughter a secular education, despite living in a largely secular community in all other respects. In no other area of life do my religious beliefs limit my daughters options.

Eleanor, from SOUTH LONDON

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Above are a selection of parents' perspectives on our 2018 report: The choice delusion: how faith schools restrict primary school choice in England. The groundbreaking report estimates that almost three in ten families across England live in areas where most or all of the closest primary schools are faith schools and thousands are being assigned faith schools against their wishes. For more information and to add your perspective, please click here.