A story in yesterday's Observer confirmed suspicions that faith schools favour admitting children from wealthier backgrounds.
Rebecca Allen of London's Institute of Education has found that English faith schools "admit 10 per cent fewer poor pupils than is representative of the local area. Local authority schools, meanwhile, take in 30 per cent more and have a disproportionately deprived intake."
The statistics suggest that church schools are deliberately selecting children from middle class families, which helps to maintain their superior performance in league tables. Barry Sheerman MP, chair of the Children, Schools and Families select committee, said "It astonishes me that faith schools are so good at making sure they have fewer children."