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Church schools: statement by the Archbishop of Canterbury

Thursday 14th November 2013

Lambeth Palace has issued a statement from the Archbishop of Canterbury following an interview published in The Times today

In the course of a wide ranging interview for The Times today on the subject of tackling poverty, the Archbishop of Canterbury was asked about the role of schools. He praised the work of church schools especially in areas of highest deprivation, and stressed the importance of home, family and excellent school leadership. 

The Archbishop of Canterbury has issued the following statement regarding selection criteria for church schools:

'I fully support the current policy for schools to set their own admissions criteria, including the criterion of faith. Nothing in my wider comments to The Times on this subject should be seen as “revealing” any changes nor dissenting from current policy.'

The Most Revd Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury



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