Bishop blocks school academies plan18 January 2013
The Bishop of Salford has told Catholic schools in his diocese that he will not allow them to become academies.
In a strongly worded letter to his director of education, Kevin Quigley, Bishop Terence Brain said that permitting the creation of academies in the area would result in less academically able pupils being screened out.
He argued that academies would also challenge the concept of the diocesan family, in which all children are taught that they are valued "in the sight of God".
His position appears to contradict the Catholic Education Service of England and Wales (CES), whose chairman, the Bishop of Nottingham Malcolm McMahon, signalled the organisation's increasing support for academies during a speech at to the Catholic Voices Academy in London late last year.
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