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ERIC Number: EJ814703
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Apr
Pages: 13
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 42
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0620
The Difficulties in Defining the Religious Affiliation of Endowed Primary Schools: The Lancashire Experience
Louden, Lois
Journal of Educational Administration and History, v35 n1 p37-49 Apr 2003
The School Standards and Framework Act, 1998, required the Secretary of State to publish an order listing all the foundation and voluntary schools having a religious character and stating "the religion or religious denomination in accordance with whose tenets religious education is, or may be, required to be provided at the school..." Regulations published in 1999 stressed that the religious affiliation was to be "determined by the way in which, and the purposes for which, the school was originally established, and specifically whether a particular faith group or groups originally promoted the school with the intention that it should be associated with their faith or denomination for this reason." Each voluntary school informed the Department of its religious character (if any) and Diocesan Boards and Churches sent in lists of "their" schools. For most schools, the decision was very clear, because they had been founded in the nineteenth or twentieth century by a specific religious body, such as the National Society or the Roman Catholic Church. The joint schools were all recent foundations. The designation of four schools as Christian Faith (Warton Archbishop Hutton's, Abbeystead Cawthorne's Endowed, Bispham (Ormskirk) Durning's Endowed and Wray with Botton Pooley's Endowed) raised questions about why they came into this category because the Diocesan Board of Education considered that they were Anglican. All were founded before the nineteenth century as endowed schools. The background to these four schools--three grammar and one, the last, elementary--is explored and contrasted with that of four other schools (Broughton in Amounderness, Heskin Pemberton's, Bispham (Norbreck) and Bilsborrow John Cross) which, in the Order, declared their religious affiliation to be to the Church of England. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)