Emmanuel Schools are the British version of our very own Christian Colleges. A little about the founder Sir Peter Vardy:
He acknowledged he did not believe in evolution, adding: “I don’t believe my ancestors were monkeys. Where do monkeys come from? If we come from monkeys — where did they start?” Vardy, who expanded his father’s car business into marques such as Aston Martin and Rolls-Royce, as well as selling Fords, Vauxhalls, Nissans and Rovers, said there were no strings attached to the tranches of £2m he is ready to put into state schools. “It comes down to my Christian faith. God has blessed me with a very full cup. There is a responsibility to use that wealth and money wisely.”
He said his Vardy Foundation charity has been talking to local authorities in the northeast about setting up city academies. The building of the school in Middlesbrough is due to start in May and will amalgamate two existing schools.
Vardy was 669th in The Sunday Times Rich List 2001. His forthcoming entry will put him higher up the list with a personal fortune of £75m. He took over running the Reg Vardy company when his father died in 1976.
He said then: “I got one O-level at school, and there are times when you scratch your head and wonder how this has happened.”
His company has doubled in size every three to four years, now turning over more than £1.3 billion with £30m profits.
His use of English and the depth of his knowledge put him in good company. A Theologian founding a religious school is at least excusable, but a car salesman? A bit about the schools:
In 2002, when the news that Emmanuel College was teaching creationism was revealed, Tony Blair and Estelle Morris (the then education secretary) decided to overlook the teaching practices of the school because the school achieved good exam results. In the UK schools must teach a national curriculum which prepares students for the national examinations. However, unless strictly forbidden, local education authorities (who run state schools) or independent school governers may choose to teach additional material. Few topics are forbidden by law, and creationism is not one of these, nor does it fall into a banned category, as in the US where separation of church and state forbids public schools teaching organised religion.
Further, it has emerged that King’s College have banned Harry Potter from the school library over fears of “satanic undertones”
And a bit from today’s Independent, which had me looking up this guy in the first place:
Is that intellectual diversity – Tony?