An investigation by the Independent has spoken to former pupils who have exposed the schools. More than 1000 pupils go to these schools across the country now. And what do they study there?
There are people who accept creationism and submissive role of a woman (according to the Bible). It is possible to make up our minds with it (though we don’t completely agree with it). But the point of view on homosexuality provided by such schools is radically homophobic. Kids are taught to hate homosexuality and gay people.
One textbook said: “Homosexual, adjective: having unnatural sexual feelings towards one of the same sex. Homosexual activity is another of man’s corruptions of God’s plan. The Bible records that God destroyed the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah because of homosexual activity. Some people mistakenly believe that an individual is born a homosexual and his attraction to those of the same sex is normal.”
And former pupils claim that this is not the only problem. People are not prepared for life after school, they don’t even have a secondary education certificate (so-called Christian certificates given by the schools are not officially recognised by educational institutions).
A spokesperson for the Department for Education said: “All schools must promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect for different faiths and beliefs. This is a vital part of providing educational excellence everywhere. They must also encourage respect for other people, paying particular regard to the protected characteristics set out in the 2010 Equality Act. ACE schools, like all other independent schools, are inspected against the new, tougher Independent School Standards, and where there are concerns a school is failing to meet these standards we will not hesitate to take action.”