According to the Daily Mail, parents are going to church simply to get their children into over-subscribed schools.
The Church of England has found that some church going is clearly motivated by a desire to qualify for school admission, with parents believing that attending church will improve their chances of winning school places.
Churches have tried to clamp down on the so-called practice of ‘pew jumping’ by laying down clearer criteria for admission to its schools. But the study suggests it may well be widespread.
Data from the Pastoral Research Centre Trust showed that the number of children baptised after their first birthday has increased by a third in the past ten years. They suggest that baptims are often sought by parents who realise that baptim certificates are need to gain entry to their preferred school.
What do you think? Do you think this happens where you live? Are you guilty of attending church simply to try and get a place at the school?