We (the signatories to this petition) urge the Secretary of State for Education (and education ministers for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) to end discrimination in faith school admissions.
In England and Wales voluntary aided schools and academies with a religious character are given special exemptions from equality law that allow them to discriminate against pupils whose families do not share the faith of the school. This is unfair, unnecessary and fuels segregation in our society.
In a society as diverse as ours, rather than facilitating segregation along religious lines, the Government should be doing everything it can to ensure that children of all faiths and none are educated together in inclusive schools.
If the Government wishes to "promote inclusivity", it is clear that facilitating religiously selective schools is, by definition, inimical to this aim.
We therefore urge you to consider ways of ending religious discrimination and segregation in our schools – rather than extending it, as proposals to open more 100% selective voluntary aided schools would.
Please rethink these proposals and instead ensure that all of our schools are open and inclusive, catering for all local children regardless of their families' religious or non-religious beliefs.
A selection of petition signatures
"Dividing our children according to our own superstitions is a terrible idea."
"There should be no religious indoctrination in state funded schools at all; the fact that not only there is, but that you want to allow religious schools to select 100% of their intake based on the religion of children's parents is outrageous. State services are for everyone, paid for by everyone."
"Inclusive schools are the best form of social interaction for young people not single or mostly single faith schools. Separating young kids along the lines of religion will not foster understanding between UK communities and create fear and mistrust. When UK Faith Schools are funded by all tax payers why are they allowed to discriminate against who can and can't be schooled in these publicly funded educational buildings?"