A Christian school in Manby has rejected claims that its curriculum is “fundamentalist” and teaches “Christian extremism”.
Locksley Christian School, which is based in Manby Park, was mentioned in a number of concerned letters to the Louth Leader, following a BBC2 Newsnight investigation into the ACE (Accelerated Christian Education) curriculum last month.
Locksley is just one of 30 schools across the country which teaches, in part, elements of the ACE curriculum.
The curriculum itself has come under fire for its focus on biblical literalism, including teachings that the theory of evolution is “scientifically unsound” despite its widespread acceptance in the scientific community, in addition to claims that homosexuality is unnatural, a personal choice, and a sin.
However, Locksley headteacher Amanda Franklin told the Leader this week that the school does not teach certain parts of the ACE curriculum, particularly in areas where traditional teachings conflict with the values of 21st century British culture.
Mrs Franklin said: “At Locksley Christian School, we teach our students to love and respect everyone, regardless of race, religion or sexual orientation.
“We focus more on love rather than morality, and we supplement the ACE curriculum with parts of the national curriculum, such as in PSHE. We are sensible and very aware of these issues, but our overall ethos is a message of love, and love for God.
“We are different from almost every other ACE Christian school in the country, in that we have pupils from both Christian and non-Christian backgrounds.
“There are 60 Christian character traits that are presented to our students throughout their school careers through the curriculum and, without doubt, any parent - Humanist, Atheist, Muslim, Hindu or Buddhist - would agree that they would want these traits inculcated into their children’s lives.”
Mrs Franklin added: “One of our members of staff is an atheist, and another member of staff even has a degree in human evolutionary biology.
“We are very well balanced school, and our Ofsted report states that the school fully meets its aim to provide an education that meets the needs of each individual child. Parents of our pupils express overwhelming support for all aspects of the school. Overall, we teach our pupils to be compassionate human beings.”