Church of England Set to Open Over 100 Free Christian Schools


The Church of England is making new waves in the country by opening more than 100 free Christian schools.

England’s new initiative to open 500 free schools for underprivileged children has been derided by many critics as a poor decision, but the Church of England sees it as an opportunity to teach children the Christian faith.

The free schools are funded by the government but can be set up and run by charities, parents, trusts, businesses, teachers, or religious groups.

That is why the Church has set it’s sights on opening some 125 new faith schools across the country during the next four years. The Church currently runs just 10 free schools, but soon that number will rise exponentially with potentially millions of new students.

“This is a moment to be bold and ambitious and offer more than an apologetic for church schools but a vision for education,” Bishop Stephen Conway, chair of the Church’s board of education at the General Synod in York, said.

A report at the General Synod says the government’s free education program was a “unique opportunity for the Church of England to renew and enhance its contribution to the education  of our nation’s children….an opportunity which should be seized wholeheartedly.”

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