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Catholics cautious over faith based admissions.

Catholics cautious over faith based admissions.

Catholic school leaders are cautious about a new drive to lift the cap on faith-based admissions, after some took a “huge financial risk” and had their “fingers burned” the last time it was promised, Schools Week has learned.

Damian Hinds, the education secretary, pledged to lift the cap – which prevents free schools in areas with a shortage of places from admitting more than 50 per cent of pupils on the basis of faith – in an interview with The Sunday Times last week.

The Catholic Education Service has welcomed the move, and one diocese is poised to build eight new free schools in the east of England as soon as the cap is lifted.

But a source familiar with the situation said some in the church are privately nervous about the news, and won’t act until matters are set in stone.

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