State-Funded Sikh Secondary School Wants to be More Inclusive

July 15, 2005

Source: BBC News

On July 15, 2005 BBC News reported, "The UK's only state-funded Sikh secondary school wants to change its admission rules to keep a mixture of faiths among its pupils. The Guru Nanak Secondary School in Hillingdon, West London, would like to have a 15% quota of non-Sikh places.

It already has non-Sikhs but as it has become more popular, spaces for such pupils are becoming fewer.

Faith schools are not obliged to admit children of other faiths, although some do. There have been calls for quotas.

Critics have argued that faith schools increase segregation in society and one of the reports into the riots in the north of England in 2001 called for all schools to have quotas to ensure communities were mixed."