Faith schools account for almost half of the top 500 state primary schools in the UK, latest league tables show.
Out of the top 100 state primaries 48 are faith schools. The good performance comes in the face of pressure from humanists to end the Government funding of faith schools.
Professor Alan Smithers, Director of the Centre for Education and Employment Research, said faith schools were doing so well because they shared a set of religious values, based around a moral work ethic.
He said, ‘Faith schools are our best schools as these tables show and it would make no sense to dismantle some of our best schools without knowing that what was going to replace them would be better.’
John Denning, Education Officer at The Christian Institute said, ‘Christian beliefs about the dignity of every child, made in God’s image, and the value of learning about God’s Word and God’s world led to the founding of our education system.
‘Today, Christian schools continue to be a blessing in communities across the country when they are underpinned by these beliefs.’
Activist group, ‘Humanists UK’, are campaigning to end the state funding of faith schools in England.
The campaign is fronted by BBC presenter Alice Roberts, whose mother, a retired teacher, said she was upset by her daughter’s decision.
She said: ‘I have not encountered anywhere undue ‘‘pushing’’ of doctrine — rather the “pushing’’ of Christian values. The emphasis is on educating the young to be aware of society, the promotion of care and selflessness.’