Rosie Cooper MP has slammed Lancashire County Council for its attack on faith schools and the right of parents to choose their children’s schools.
Rosie had previously voiced concerns against the proposal to introduce a charge for pupils using transport to get to school Families are to be charged £380 per year per pupil.
Rosie received correspondence from Lancashire County Council that stated, ‘all pupils starting faith schools from September were given the opportunity to apply to change their school preferences in the light of this change in policy.’
MP Rosie Cooper said “The actions of Lancashire County Council I believe are an outright attack on faith schools.”
“Some families may have two or three children attending a faith school, which means these plans could cost them over £1000 per year for travel to and from their school of choice. Now some families that would have chosen a faith school will think twice and some will be forced to choose a different school that may not be their first preference because of the charges introduced by Lancashire County Council.”
Rosie has written to Michael Gove to highlight the council’s attitude and their actions to limit a parent’s choice of where to educate their children.
It is understood that the Catholic Education Service is seeking legal counsel in advance of taking this case to the courts.