We shouldn't have to fake a religion just to get a child into school system
"Four hundred and thirty two," said the voice at the other end of the line. "He's got place 432 in the queue. But a lot of people sign their kids up to loads of schools as they know how hard it is to get a place, so a few will drop off. You never know."
I barely even felt deflated. I was so used to having this conversation with Educate Together school secretaries that I just ticked the school off the list and moved on. A few miles up the road, parents were queueing overnight for a place in the only Educate Together secondary school within a 30-minute drive; things could be worse.
Perhaps it wasn't so bad. It was just Religious Education (RE) after all. He would be allowed to step out; it would be an opportunity to teach him a thing or two about critical thinking. Not that there was any guarantee that he'd get a place in the local Catholic school either - but assuming he did, he'd be fine.