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OPTING OUT DOES NOT DILUTE RELIGIOUS ETHOS OF CATHOLIC SCHOOLS

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Catholic Schools should not fear self governing status will dilute their religious ethos, Junior Education Minister...
Catholic Schools should not fear self governing status will dilute their religious ethos, Junior Education Minister Robin Squire told heads from Catholic grant-maintained schools today.

Speaking at a conference of the Association of Catholic Grant-Maintained Head Teachers in Wiltshire, Mr Squire said: ' Self-governing status gives schools autonomy without detaching them from the church community.

'It preserves the particular religious character of the school as governors appointed by the church or foundation are in the majority on the governing body.

'There are already around 80 Catholic GM schools - approximately 4% of all Catholic maintained schools. The rate of 'yes' votes in parental ballots is particularly high among Catholic schools. 88% of Catholic ballots go in favour of GM status.
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