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Catholic Schools in Leicester

Allan Hayes, 29 November 2006
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Oona Stannard, chief executive of the Catholic Education Service, has recently claimed that Catholic schools are ethnically diverse and around 30 per cent, on average, are non-Catholic. I have requested the data on which these assertions are based (of course, looked at another way, the claim is that 70% of the students are Catholic). The following figures show that Catholic Schools in Leicester are divisive both by religion and by race.

1. Religion and ethnicity of pupils in Leicester religious schools
Source: council statistics for January 2005

RELIGION: Christian Hindu Muslim Other Religion No Religion Not Recorded Unclassified
RC Primaries
Christ the King RC 99 0 0 0 0 1 0
Holy Cross RC 86 0 0 1 4 8 1
Sacred Heart RC 85 2 1 1 6 4 1
St Joseph RC 92 3 1 1 0 3 0
St Patrickís RC 92 6 1 1 0 1 0
St Thomas Moore RC 94 2 2 2 0 0 0
All RC Primaries 92 2 1 1 2 2 0
All Leicester Primaries 26 14 25 6 20 9 1
RC Secondaries
English Martyrs RC 93 0 0 1 0 6 0
St Paulís RC 92 3 0 2 1 2 0
All RC Secondaries 93 2 0 1 0 4 0
All Leicester Secondaries 32 18 19 6 17 1 8

RACE: Asian Black Mixed White Other Refused
RC Primaries
Christ the King RC 2 4 8 85 1 1
Holy Cross RC 0 8 11 79 1 0
Sacred Heart RC 17 22 21 36 2 3
St Joseph RC 6 2 7 82 1 1
St Patrickís RC 24 12 13 49 1 0
St Thomas Moore RC 9 1 8 81 1 0
All RC Primaries 10 8 11 69 1 1
All Leicester Primaries 37 8 6 46 1 0
RC Secondaries
English Martyrs RC 4 3 7 81 0 4
St Paulís RC 11 8 8 67 1 5
All RC Secondaries 8 6 7 74 1 5
All Leicester Secondaries 39 6 5 48 1 1

Admission policies that I have had a sight of assert quite openly that the schools are primarily to serve the Catholic communities, and put being a baptised Catholic at the top of their criteria for admission when oversubscribed. These are schools that are paid for out of taxes.

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